If you are a collector of random things or have an impressive junk drawer, then you will probably appreciate the work of artists Edwige Massart and Xavier Wynn. The duo, who are also married, have taken a random assortments of trinkets and chachkis and assembled them into cross-section sculptures of the human head. Their surreal series is aptly titled Heads, which appear to look like medical diagrams.
In Massart and Wynn’s portraits, we see stones, seashells, door handles, yarn, and even pieces of wood that make up the contents of the skull. There doesn’t seem to be any sort of thematic tie to any of the objects, but that doesn’t detract from how fun and interesting these works are. This series could tell us more about the artists themselves rather than tying a story to the heads. We’re able to see all of the things they’ve collected and all of the memories made by virtue of owning these possessions. (Via Colossal)
Central Saint Martins MA candidates Anita Silva and Leslie Borg designed an incredibly creative interactive product for Icelandair entitled “_scape”. Inspired by a rock found in Iceland, _scape is a layered “book” containing “sounds, visuals, textures, scents and tastes” which can serve as a reminder of Iceland itself, or just a general internal escape. Intended to evoke lava rock and ice (two strong elements of the Icelandic landscape), the object is earthy-looking, meant to strongly contrast with the sterile environment of an airplane cabin. I’m not sure a flight time long enough to allow me to grow bored of interacting with _scape exists. (via)
In 2007 and 2009, Mexico City-based artist Carlos Amorales created two huge installations, both entitled Black Cloud. The works positioned thousands of paper black moths on walls and atria, forming a swirl of darkness. Each moth was a replica of one of 36 different species. The end result of each work contains an overwhelming force that evokes biblical overtones. See more images of Black Cloud after the jump. (via)
Photographer Phil Bebbington takes pictures of mostly abandoned spaces throughout the world that once were popular like resorts and churches. His portraits can be just as haunting, people that could easily abandon where they are as well. Check out Phil’s flickr and blog too.
Linda Hall is a Florida-based artist whose textile sculptures blur the boundaries between human and animal, innocence and the grotesque. Like a taxidermy studio of preserved fairy tale creatures, fox heads and bipedal bearskins hang ominously, eyeless and empty. Using un-dyed tissue paper, handmade quilts, and other textiles, Hall gives her pieces a “patchwork” quality, sculpting a mix of twisted and fantastical bodily features, inlcuding warped antlers, multiple ears, and eerie, human-like grins. Designed like masks, puppets, and full-body costumes, Hall’s works are “containers for the spirit” that seek to deconstruct the human/animal binary in pursuit of a more fluid understanding of identity—one that morphs beyond the corporeal boundaries of species (Source). As she explains in a statement provided to Beautiful/Decay:
“Like a sixteenth-century curiosity cabinet, my objects aim to provide evidence of another reality. Many of the sculptures, domestic and wild, are constructed from collected handmade quilts and other textiles. These materials have their own intimate history, yet they are repurposed into charged spaces where humans and animals occupy the same space. Many forms show evidence of life and life events, such as wounds and the mending.”
The stories of “wounds” and “mending” are embedded directly into the sculptures through Hall’s creative process. Embellished with paint, beads, and flowers, the pieces are, in many ways, objects of curious beauty; like toys drawn from a child’s costume chest, they radiate with an endearing, imaginative, and anthropomorphized sense of friendliness. However, in many cases, paint has been plastered overtop of these adornments, creating a caked-on and disfigured appearance that signifies the messy process of healing and the scars left behind. Beautiful, lonely, and repulsive all at once, Hall’s menagerie confronts us with the familiar-yet-otherworldly emotional spaces that humans and animals both share—as well as the damage and exploitation inflicted on the natural world, despite these deep interrelations.
Visit Hall’s website and blog to follow her beautiful work.
Looking at French photographer Alain Delorme’sTotems is almost surreal. It is so hard to believe that a single person can manage to carry all of these formations in such large quantities by themselves and only a bike. It is almost unbelievable. Photoshop or not, the atmosphere in which this is happening in comparison to the rest of the world is art in itself.
Deni Dessastra recently won Beautiful/Decay Apparel’s t-shirt design competition. Dessastra hails from Jakarta, Indonesia and is a self-taught designer. We loved his fleur-de-lis embellished all-seeing eye erupting a cacophany of spirit animals, rainbow lightshows and visions! This shirt is limited edition and printed on a one-time only run- sopick yours upbefore it sells out!
Solid armors made out fragile pieces of porcelain. An unusual combination put together by Chinese artist Li Xiaofeng. He collects shards of ceramics in his studio in Beijing and after he drills holes on the surface of the pieces, he assembles them one by one with silver metal wire. All these sculptures can become wearable when a piece of leather is sawn underneath the ceramics which makes the process even more interesting.
The illustrations on the shards are traditional from the Ming Dynasty. The blue and white drawings are representative of the Imperial tastes and are rare, as they are the more complicated to produce. Within the Chinese heritage, some of the colors have an underlying meaning: the red color represents blood and life, the blue color called ming blue, represents vigor and vitality. Li Xiaofeng likes to envision his art work as “rearranged landscapes”. Up close, the pieces of shards create an uneven surface and from far it’s a mosaic sculpture with fine lines. “Ceramics are used by the Chinese to eat rice. I break them into fragments to cover the human body, looking for the relation and the dialogue between the body and the shards. Both have to be compatible. Big or small, the shards must suit the form.”
Li Xiaofeng wants to connect tradition and innovation,” In China, ancient ceramics tell long tales. The neck of a vase, for example, is not just for function, but is an expression of status and beauty.” His sculptures don’t just represent a piece of clothing; it’s an irregular assembled silhouette meant to immortalize China’s most precious memories.