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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

I am really enjoying Cuban artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada’s work.  Each surface he creates a painting on is at least 150 years old!

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Lance Abernethy Creates The Worlds Smallest Functioning Drill That Is The Size Of Coin

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New Zealander Lance Abernethy has managed to build his own dream, quite literally. He has managed to take his fascination for “small things” beyond the imaginary and into his hands. With the help of a 3D printer, patience, and intense precision, Abernethy has succeeded in building a miniature drill that actually works. After basing his project on a life size drill, and converting his measurements to millimeters, he says he spent about three hours connecting headphone wiring to a hearing aid battery.

The fascinating aspect of what he has done lies not only in the idea itself, but also in the fact that he actually created a working tool. The combination of imagination and 3D printer technology has yielded results that could be multiplied and used for an entire toolkit. Abernethy himself says he has the intention of creating an even smaller drill and that he has already found the appropriate battery for it. Imagine a box of tools so small they fit in your pocket. Tools this small would allow you to fix your glasses, watch and maybe even your phone or laptop on the spot, provided you know what needs to be done.

The beauty of Abernethy’s creation lies not only in the concept but in the process of taking an idea and translating it into something tangible. His project reflects both the advancement of technology and our fascination with making our tools smaller than their predecessors.

 

 

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Kyuin Shim’s Digital Sculptures Of Science Fiction Disfigurement

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Korean artist Kyuin Shim creates work that your pupils will interpret as a straight up science fiction novel. One body of work in particular, “Black Black,” is a series of gruesome depictions of black mannequin bodies gone haywire. As a digital artist and sculptor, he works compiling 3D renderings of real images. These sculptures, with the glossy stature of high fashion, the black mannequins are enrobed in large blisters. In varying states of vulnerability, his sculptures are suffering implosion and meltdown; a person who has ripped his head off gives himself fellatio, another is on his hands and knees, expelling their entire insides. Shim’s creatures come across as gross exaggerations of real emotional states, and it is not always easy to interpret how they are intended, but it is evident that they are referential to the individual struggle that we all face.

Another series of his, featuring only white mannequins, is titled “Small Place,” and references interpersonal relationships and the implied metaphors within them.  The white series emanates an atmosphere of tranquility and calm. Mannequin lovers with bowls for heads pour water between one another, while others sit pensively. There is not the searing prospect of suffering that “Black Black” encompasses. “Small Place” is meditative and inviting. Although parts of Shim’s series have been cited as representing dysfunctional relationships, there is no real hostility in the work. It is interesting to look at both series of his work side to side and to take note of the drastic shift in tone.

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Jazmin Berakha’s Embroidered Fashion Illustrations

When you take a look at Jazmin Berahka’s work you’re transported back to a time where craft was key. Her intricate embroidery drawings are flawlessly made, full of pattern, detail and distinct personality. You can clearly see how much thought and care she puts into each of her pieces. Her series range from shy girls with delicately patterned garments, to more abstract works showcasing her embroidery skills. Whichever you prefer, her work is definitely worth a good long look.

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Mike Nelson Is Destroying Gallery Walls And Deconstructing Installation Art

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British artist Mike Nelson‘s installations feel a bit like you’ve stumbled onto a movie set. He sets up eerie scenarios that are very minimal, but impactful. His piece To the Memory of H.P Lovecraft (1999,2008) saw him bashing holes in the pristine white gallery walls and freestanding plinths, as if some creature had torn it’s way through the room. Leaving the narrative vague and bare, Nelson leaves it up to the viewer to react to his installations as they want to. Nelson plays with simulation, representations of the real, replicas and objects placed in new contexts. By recreating something quite simple, but in a new and unexpected way, he is able to make us feel at odds with the space.

Nelson rebuilds interior scenes as well as destroying them. In The Projection Room (Triple Bluff Canyon) in 2009 he blocked the access to a replica of a typical south-London Victorian terraced house and forced the visitors to peek through a window. Objects spewed out of one tiny split in the wall in a very bizarre fashion. Nelson talks about his practice:

I’ve always had a slight fear of piles of junk that function purely as decorative ephemera but only act as a signifier of a certain type of installation…I think it’s a constant worry that you’ll make this amount of effort to have something that just becomes spectacle, as opposed to something which moves somebody or encourages somebody to empathize with what you’re trying to lure them into, or coax them towards. (Source) (Via Sweet Station)

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Endearing Photographs Of People Explaining And Gazing At Art

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The photographs of Matthew Monteith‘s series Guardare turn the subject back on to the viewer.  His images depict people explaining, gazing at, and otherwise admiring art.  When I first heard about the series I was prepared to be annoyed with the pedantic gestures and expressions of people acting smarter than thou.  However, the photographs are surprisingly endearing.  People are visibly moved, sincerely engaged with the work often just out of frame.  Guardare perhaps suggests that the art in a gallery doesn’t happen with the work but between two viewers discussing it.

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Katie Bell

Katie Bell’s portfolio is full of  engaging painterly sculptors and sculptural paintings that bring together minimalism, collage, pattern, and found objects.

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Rubén Fuentes Draws Masterful Serene Ink Landscapes

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Cuban artist Rubén Fuentes creates euphoric and surreal ink landscapes that serve as an admiration of nature as well as a quest within a meditative and serene space. Fuentes, inspired by the lush greenery of his homeland, uses his work as a means to sympathize and glorify “all of the ecosystems of our planet.” He greatly uses Chinese shan shui ink drawings as an influence methodically, aesthetically, and philosophically. Shan shui works are known for their beautifully detailed yet simultaneous almost mystical, abstract and dreamlike quality. They are strongly referential to Daoist notions of living in harmony with all— and, similar to the Abstract Expressionist movement — shan shui paintings bend and evolve the notion of what a painting is meant to achieve; these works are a vehicle for less tangible elements such as meditation and philosophy. Fuentes believes that art acts as a means of self reflection, and thus, creating art allows one to practice and improve on one’s ethical behavior and cognitive self. Therefore, the act of creating art is simultaneous, in a sense, to the act of meditation.

Within the statement of  his series titled Mind Landscapes, Fuentes’ states that he tries “to represent in my art works an inner strength, a cosmological and telluric force within us that transcends the duality of matter and spirit. The practice of zen, along with a worship of mother earth and the invocation of vital forces in nature, inherited from the past of the native Cubans, Afro-Cuban culture, as well as Chinese Taoism, mark the center of my latest works.” (via INAG)

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