Six Artists Transform Sugar Into Art

Aude Moreau sugar

Aude Moreau

Aude Moreau sugar

Aude Moreau

At Beautiful Decay we are beginning to bring our readers weekend coverage, where we’ll be sharing micro art trends of the unusual and unexpected every weekend.  And we figured what better way to start than with dessert?

The work featured here of artists Peter Bugg, Rebecca Holland, William Lamson, Aude Moreau, Navid Nuur and Kara Tanaka demonstrates that diverse ways confection can become conceptual.  From the painstaking process of Moreau’s Sugar Carpet (which uses 4,500 pounds of loose Domino sugar) to the haunting ephemerality of Tanaka’s Social Leveler (When Immortality Became Uncouth)the use of sugar as a medium, sometimes in combination with other materials, becomes an expansive tactile vehicle.

 

Kara Tanaka sugar

Kara Tanaka

Kara Tanaka sugar

Kara Tanaka

Kara Tanaka

Holland has used the process of casting beet sugar to create her jewel toned minimalist sculptures, whereas Bugg’s process of encrusting tabloids in rock candy recreates the tabloid into an illegible relic of celebrity culture.  Mineralium, by Navid Nuur, an installation of sugar, magnets and iron filings transforms confection into chemistry, physics, with a strong sense of the unknown.

 

Rebecca Holland cast sugar

Rebecca Holland

 

Rebecca Holland cast suger

Rebecca Holland

Rebecca Holland sugar

Rebecca Holland

Peter Bugg sugar and tabloids

Peter Bugg

Peter Bugg sugar and tabloids

Peter Bugg

Navid Nuur sugar, magnets and iron

Navid Nuur

Perhaps the most deceptively solid and reverent of the works we share here is Solarium created by William Lamson at Storm King.  The piece functions as a small greenhouse, constructed of 162 panes of sugar which have been cooked in varying temperatures and are then fixed inside glass.

William Lamson sugar, steel, glass, citrus trees

William Lamson

William Lamson sugar, steel, glass

William Lamson

William Lamson sugar, steel glass citrus trees

William Lamson

 


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