His passion for mathematics has led Zachary Abel to create geometric, science inspired sculptures made out of random elements. Paper clips, binder clips, playing cards and toothpicks are assembled according to specific formulas.
From far, the round sculptures appear uncomplicated to achieve. In actuality, Zachary Abel uses small needle-nose pliers and a schematic layout. For the Impenetraball project, the ball is comprised of 132 binder clips. The round form is obtained by assembling the binder clips one by one following a flat pattern in order to get a hollow centre and a filled surface. The designs have been so popular the talented engineer had to make a guide on how to construct the binder clip ball on his blog.
Zachary Abel in his Mathematical sculptures series is willing to share his enthusiasm for maths; replacing paint and brushes with pliers and patience. ‘Geometry in particular fascinates me, and I delight in discovering hidden patterns even in the most mundane of objects.’
Paintings by Glenn Brown are literally a blend of art references and a contemporary vision. Gloomy in the choice of subjects and bizarre in the colors used, the pictures resemble mutant depictions of grotesque figures.
Glenn Brown has a unique technique. He borrows images from subjects that have already been painted by masters such as Salvador Dali, Frank Auerbach, Rembrandt and unknown artists of mass market science fiction paperbacks. Taking his subjects directly from books or the internet, he then digitally retouches the features of the characters. Using Photoshop, he enlarges, crops and makes the necessary changes on the details he feels will give another outlook from the original version. Paint is then applied to the altered picture. The artist’s brush strokes are thin and swirling on the canvas, creating a flat surface with a ‘trompe l’oeil’ effect. Glenn Brown exaggerates the flesh tones which counteracts with the kitsch color scheme. The rendering is wild and singular.
The artist is fascinated with the transformation of a reproduced picture. He is channeling new emotions from a subject that has already created previous sensations. Although his method has been used in the past by renown painters such as Picasso with the Velasquez’s Las Meninas, he is the only one who is impacting the original pieces he is working with. The soul of the paintings is dark and willing to connect with another dream world which, according to Glenn Brown would be welcoming different layers of unconscious fantasies.
Glenn Brown’s work is currently displayed in the piano room at the Brown’s Hotel in London until October 2015. A display curated by Gagosian Gallery representing the artist.
Mexican born artist Ana Teresa Fernández “erased” a portion of the U.S. and Mexican border. Using a fifteen foot ladder, a spray paint gun and a generator, she painted a portion of the metal wall that separates Playas de Tijuana and San Diego’s Border Field State Park. By applying a powder blue paint, Ana Teresa Fernández was able to create the illusion that some of the border had disappeared into the sky. During her performance she wore a “little black dress,” representing the Mexican tradition of “luto,” which is to wear all black for one year during a period of mourning. This act is the artist paying homage to the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their lives attempting to cross the border, getting to the true heart of the matter. Border patrol between the United States and Mexico has been a controversial topic for decades. Depending on which side of the border you are on, the large metal wall means something drastically different. For many Mexicans, the border represents being kept from opportunities and the ability to have access to a better life. Despite the project having nothing but optimistic intentions, the artist did face some objection. In the middle of painting, Ana Teresa Fernández was stopped by the police who attempted to arrested her. However, after a half an hour of explaining her concept, she was let go. Following the projects completion the artist received hate mail and was called a “Mexican terrorist.” She believes her project is feared because it “re-contextualizes a possibility” of peaceful coexistence.
Characters running, cycling and jumping; stuck in one moment. The Korean artist Duck Bong Kang is freezing time with his stacked PVC pipes sculptures. It’s his way at looking at speed and condemning the need for human kind to strive for it.
‘My work begins by attempting to capture this absurd desire that we have for speed.’
Duck Bong Kang and his futuristic vision. A multitude of PVC pipes grouped together and spray painted with urethane paint. A cluster of plastic enhanced with gradient color tones. The uneven pile of pipes and the gradient add to the speed effect the artist is trying to capture. The lines are blurred and the details cannot be perceived. The rendering creates an optical illusion that attracts the viewer’s curiosity. Where is this character’s headed?
The artist’s purpose is to pause the motion and to connect with the viewer. He is questioning through his sculptures the necessity of speed. And if the race between each other doesn’t end up by making us feel insecure. ‘More’ seems to be the enemy according to Duck Bong Kang. Once we’re settled at our current pace, whichever that may be, we are always looking to speed up and that’s a dangerous quest. Both physically and emotionally. While speeding, our soul is not enjoying the flow of our lives. It focuses on getting power and it degrades its moral values. The artist is asking for an inner introspection on whether living an accelerated life is a risk worth taking.
Sculptures looking like lace drawings floating in the air. Zadok Ben David, an Israeli artist based in London is using metal to create magic and illusion. A personal mean he chooses to connect culture and innovation.
From far, the sculptures seem indistinct, projecting only a large silhouette. Up close, we are able to discern the intricate details that form the shape. Zadok Ben David laser cuts themetal to generate the irregular patterns covering the surface. The pieces should not be visualized from one angle. By circling around the pieces we uncover the hidden feature: the flatness of the sculptures. The artist is playing with volumes, going from 2 dimensional to a make belief 3 dimensional structure.
Zadok Ben David depicts human bodies in unusual postures. The individuals seem to be in the middle of an inner contemplation and the artist have caught them by surprise. He is rendering spontaneous moments and delivering them to us. The artist’s meaning behind the figurative sculptures is to question humankind’s place in the world. This notion of presence is channeled by the representation of the botanical inspired motifs, the airy silhouettes and the harmonious combination of it all.
Moroccan interior design company Habibi Interiors invites us to watch master craftsman create beautifully hand carved terra cotta tiles. These tiles are used in the creation of zellige (also known as zillij, or zellij), a form of Islamic tile work that uses geometric patterns to form mosaics that decorate various surfaces. The most common shapes used are the star, square and cross. The mosaics only portray geometric patterns due to the fact that historically, islamic artists were working in accordance of aniconism, the forbiddance of portraying sentient beings. This art is a primary characteristic of Moroccan architecture. Traditionally, a house decorated using zellige was a sign of a high class family. It is not only the creation of the mosaics that is considered an art form, the sculpting of the tiles is also a highly skilled process. The art is handed down through the generations by maâlems (master craftsmen) and is a long process that begins during childhood. As shown in the video, the tiles are crafted by making clay sheets that are ten by ten centimeters long. The tiles are then painted. Afterwards, the desired shapes are traced onto the tiles and then carved down slowly by hand. Each small piece is crafted perfectly to fit within its neighboring piece. The tiles are then patterned into place and sealed together.
Disturbing creatures and creations bursting out from the photographs of Sarah Sitkin. The Los Angeles based artist renders dark and intriguing images that entice and generate space for introspection. The subjects of the photographs represent the kind of ugliness that attracts. She leaves it to us to draw the limit of where hideous stops and beauty starts.
Sarah Sitkin edits digitally to a minimum. Limiting the use of photoshop, she hand makes most of her props. Costumes, artificial body parts, dramatic lighting and projections are invented by instinct to fulfill the artist’s desire to give birth to her vision. Within the gloomy set up, symbols which seem dear to the artist appear sporadically. Geometric patterns such as triangles and diamonds mimic genitalia shapes. Body parts; fingers, skin and facial features are twisted and rounded until they don’t make sense anymore.
Leaving reality to reach her fantasy world, Sarah Sitkin is inviting us to come along and share her journey. Inspired by Jodorowsky and Kubrick movies, she says she is captivated by images more than plots and dialogues. The photographs do not reflect agression or anxiety. They are the depiction of Sarah Sitkin’s unique field of vision; one where deformation and anamorphosis constitute the basis of an aesthetically beautiful inner world.
James Charles, pop culture and dollar bills. A strange combination for an astonishing result. The artist transforms traditional portraits on bills into random movie characters, singers and artists. He only uses ink and paint to trace and re-write on the bills. The result is witty and fun to watch.
It all started out with random doodling on a couple of dollar bills. James Charles was not even aware of the treasure he was carrying in his pocket as he was spending the bills. He therefore decided to store them in a magazine, using it as a safe. The more he drew, the larger the magazine got. The mutant bills have their president’s faces changed into male and female pop culture inspired characters. James Charles added a script below the faces, naming or giving hints in case we miss them. Yoda, Einstein, Mister T, Willy Wonka, Princess Leia, Spock, Iggy Pop, Kiss and many others are altering the seriousness of the symbolic of money.
The artist drew on 5 dollar bills as well as on 100 dollar bills. The value of money is put aside here to focus on the true meaning of a paper bill components: paper and ink. So little and meaningless elements for such tremendous stakes. By associating easy recognizable pop features, James Charles is aiming to reach the mass. He has done it again more recently in Monstro Eyegasmica, a mix of popular iconographies such as The Kiss by Klimt or the use of sarcasm with some of the Disney characters. A series of paintings and collages blending pop culture and vibrant colored characters.
James Charles’ Monstro Eyegasmica series will be displayed at the Joseph Gross Gallery in New York until November 25th 2015.