The Nightmarish Horses of Berlinde De Bruyckere

berlinde de bruyckere sculpture3 berlinde de bruyckere sculpture5

Artist Berlinde De Bruyckere‘s installations are disturbing.  Horses, apparently deformed or  mutilated, are scattered throughout the gallery.  Some are draped lifeless; others are seem to be frozen while flailing in panic.  The forms are clearly horses, their shape undeniable.  However their faces are elusive and missing as if in a nightmare.  De Bruyckere’s installation’s inspire conflicting feelings of compassion, disgust, and fear.  It should be mentioned that none of these horses were killed or harmed for the art work.  Rather, De Bruyckere selected the horses while alive but did not use their bodies until they died of natural causes.

Currently Trending

Advertise here !!!

The Political Sculptures of Afruz Amighi

AFRUZ AMIGHI was born in Tehran, Iran and is now based out of New York. Amighi uses her sculpture work to blend art and politics. In her recent exhibition’s “Cages” and “The Hidden State” she explores the turmoil of the middle-east.
In her work “Cages”, she reflects the tumultuous the political and social history of Iran. “Amighi casts her unique perspective into the confines of Iranian social, political and cultural institutions through incorporating cage-like features into several works made from base metal chain, aluminum sheet metal and wire. The alluring and provoking facades reveal a power to ensnare and entrap, creating a realm in which violence and tranquility collide.”
She hangs these in different fighting formations. “Mocking ornate chandeliers with their allusions to missiles and bullets, their numerical configuration represents the number of test missiles launched by the Islamic Republic of Iran over the past two years.”

Currently Trending

Advertise here !!!

Carly Fischer’s Litter Replicas Made From Paper and Glue

Carly Fischer Sculpture6 Carly Fischer Sculpture9

Carly Fischer Sculpture7

The installations of Carly Fisher may at first appear to be trash strewn galleries.  However, closer inspection reveals that none of the items are actual garbage.  Rather, Fisher carefully recreates litter from little more than paper and glue.  The meticulous attention she  gives to sculpting trash replicas, so to say, may seem odd.  However, the familiar international name brands dotting the gallery floor raise the question: do these corporations possibly give the same meticulous attention to the branding of litter as Fischer?  As one of her gallery statements puts it, “Perhaps there is a marketing edge to trash?”

Currently Trending

David Ogle’s Ultraviolet Thread Installations

David Ogle installation3 David Ogle installation4

David Ogle‘s installations seem to glow right out of the space they effeminate from.  His work is mainly constructed with thread illuminated ultraviolet light.  However, Ogle’s installations are not only built of the thread, but the space they emphasize and the light itself.  Underscoring this Ogle says:

” Much of my work to date has dealt with exploring notions of materiality, of permanence and of the perception of objects in space. Using light as a sculptural medium, my work is innately ephemeral.”

If you like David Ogle’s work be sure to check out the work of JeongMoon Choi.

Currently Trending

Damian Oretga’s Dismantled and Dissected Installations

Damian Ortega installation5 Damian Ortega installation3

Damian Ortega installation2

The installations of Damian Ortega reflect a curiosity that is at once childlike and serious.  His dismantled, dissected, carefully arranged pieces often hang from the ceiling prepared for inspection.  Ortega’s installations encourage viewers to think about relationships between the parts and its whole, between individuals items and the group.  It’s easy to see how these ideas can expand to wider topics.  In a way, Ortega not only takes apart a Volkswagen physically, but also socially.  He deconstructs ideas in a playfully literal way.

Currently Trending

Wolfgang Stiller’s Human Matchsticks

wolfgang stiller installation5 wolfgang stiller installation9

wolfgang stiller installation1

Wolfgang Stiller‘s series Matchstickmen are a depiction of people that are literally burnt out.  The sculptures resemble giant match sticks, the the charred match head like a human head, ignited and tossed about the gallery.  A play on the phrase ‘burnt out’, the series comments on the unending demand of human labor.  Interestingly the installation was created while the German artist was living in China.  However, Stiller says of the work:

“I don’t want to see it only as a critique on the Chinese system. Any other system in the world has the same problem. Big companies exploit their employees to make larger profits, all over the world. As long as we have affordable T-shirts or sneakers, we don’t really want to know whether they are made by children in India or not.”  [via]

Currently Trending

Mark Dean Veca: Made For You and Me

Mark Dean Veca painting2Mark Dean Veca painting1

Artist Mark Dean Veca opened his new solo exhibit Made For You and Me at Cristin Tierney  January 31st and is on view through March 9th.  The title of the exhibit is a lyric from the Woodie Guthrie song This Land is Your Land.  The song, originally expressing an anti-capitalist sensibility, has since often been appropriated to convey capitalist sentiments  such as growth through consumption.  Interestingly, Veca’s work often reverses this same process.  He re-appropriates corporate images to comment on corruption, consumption, and a generally waning culture.  Appropriately the gallery statement calls his work a kind of “Sinister Pop”.  This is particularly evident in his piece titled Tailspin.  The piece depicts the Exxon-Mobil Pegasus pointing down, blue on one side, red on the other, and spinning.  Tailspin subtly references a society’s consumption dependent on energy resources that are exceedingly spinning out of control.

Currently Trending

Vik Muniz’ Huge Scrap Metal Animals

Vik Muniz installation6 Vik Muniz installation7

Vik Muniz installation1

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz created these images of animals using scrap metal.  You can get idea of the huge scale of Muniz’ work by looking at the first image – notice the pile of car doors on the left.  Much of Muniz’ art is an accumulation of what many would consider garbage to create fine art.  He creates huge ‘collages’ from these objects, photographs them, and returns them to their smaller scale.  You may recognize Muniz and his work from the acclaimed documentary Wasteland in which his process was detailed. [via]

Currently Trending