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No material is safe when it comes to the dynamic and inventive sculptures of Garrett Hayes. Trained originally as a ceramist, Hayes takes the technical know-how of the world of ceramics and combines it with both found and hand made objects to create shrine like sculptures that are full of disparate materials, surfaces, and textures. His work is a collage of the odd and the ordinary, becoming totemic shrines to anything and nothing in particular.
About his use of materials Hayes states:
These things have all become relics: remnants from time, nature and life, now united in sculpture. They are collected specifically for my desire to see that artifact live on in the new context of my choosing. I consider myself the savior of these things. Without me, they would sit hidden on shelves, end up in the dump, rot away completely, or some other variation on the fate of discarded objects. So, I collect; cut, burn, suspend, stain, paint, sand, wax and sometimes I do nothing. I stack, attach, drape, stretch and alter. I make the pieces that blend in and stick out. Putting on display things that never were intended to be displayed the way they now exist.
The artist known only as strng on Flickr creates technically impressive and visually compelling collages. He combines imagery from human, animal, natural, and mechanical worlds into one image. Elements that don’t seem to have much in common become a part of each other, and strng illustrates these startling images in such a way as for them to appear natural or ordinary. Part of this involves strng’s aesthetic, which is resonant with the pages of anatomy and biology textbooks.
Thierry Dreyfus doesn’t hang his art on the gallery wall, but instead splits it. His Rupture installations use the white box gallery space as a starting point. The pristine walls seem to have cracked and slightly seperate as if it were a tectonic fault line. Inside is the craggy masses of wall bathed by a warm golden glow or a cold silver light. The fissure encourages the imagination to speculate on what lies beyond the walls. It is interesting to notice how the color of the light colors the imagination in connection with the ruptures. While the golden crack nearly conveys a fairy-tale like curiosity, the silver rupture has a menacing sort of undertone.
Hal Lasko, affectionately called ‘grandpa’, creates amazing art pixel by pixel in MS Paint. Lasko worked for years as a typographer creates fonts by hand. Though now 98 years old and suffering from Wet Macular Degeneration – an affliction that causes blindness in his center of vision – Lasko never stopped being an artist. He was introduced to MS Paint by his grandsons and took to the program quickly. MS Paint allows Lasko to “zoom in” on his pieces and work a small part at a time, pixel by pixel. The process is laborious and time-consuming but works perfectly for Lasko, a patient artist. Check out the video to see a short but touching documentary on the artist and his work.
Hyuro has a very peculiar style of street art. Her work is highly detailed and uses subdued colors. It is her artwork’s narrative quality that makes it stand out. Each mural seems to be a very small piece of a much larger story. The viewer passing the mural almost feels like an interruption to some mysterious goings-on. The influential fellow Spain based street artist ESCIF poetically says regarding Hyuro and her work:
“Hyuro doesn´t paint on the street. Hyuro talks to the street. And she does it with such respect and affection, which are the others who, as we approached, we paint the walls that she just whispers.”
In 2005, Heather Benning acquired then began restoring a 60s-era abandoned and decaying farmhouse near Sinclair Manitoba, Canada. After finishing her restoration and furnishing the home with 60s-era furniture, she then removed the north-facing wall and replaced it with plexi-glass. In June 2007, the house was opened to the public where it remained “tomb-like” as a life-size dollhouse until this March 2013. Eventually, the house began to deteriorate and the safety of the structure was compromised, leading Benning to end the project with fire. The Dollhouse images are currently represented by “Telephone Booth Gallery” in Toronto.
The installations of Dominique Pétrin are visually overwhelming. Images, patterns, and designs seem to cover every as much available space as possible. Walls are plastered from floor to ceiling often even covering ground. Her expansive installations overlay the outsides and insides of buildings alike. Pétrin accomplishes her pieces by using large silk screened panels of paper. The imagery recalls an internet of the early 90′s – a time when the overabundance of information and imagery the web had to offer was only beginning to come clear.