Takuro Kuwata is a young artist who works in ceramics. He has developed his own style originally starting from traditional techniques. His focus is to push the potential of his materials, while referencing traditional forms and making functional objects.
He is known for a number of experimental procedures, including adding stones to his clay mix so that when fired, they burst or puncture the clay structure, or using needles to catch the glaze of a vessel so that it creates a bumpy texture when fired. He thus leaves the final form of the work to chance, but is careful to ensure that each piece is still functional.
Australian artist Lionel Bawden works in sculpture, performance, installation and painting. Bawden’s core practice exploits hexagonal colored pencils as a sculptural material, reconfigured and carved into amorphous shapes, mining the material’s rich qualities of color, geometry and metaphor.
Bawden explores themes of flux, transformation and repetition as preconditions to our experience of the physical world, essential to the construction of identity. Bawden’s sculptural works harness landscape as a stand-in for the body, personal themes of desire, longing and interconnection become abstracted in a generative process to create form. The result is midway between organic and geometric forms, an interrogation about metamorphoses and mutations.
South African artist Walter Oltmann’s main medium is wire for making sculptural works and he manipulates it in a way that emphasises hand-made process, using the linear quality of wire to create forms and surfaces through techniques that parallel handcrafts.
Using mostly a thin (1mm diameter) aluminium wire, these net-like works are made by layering and stitching together sections of weave to create a form of three-dimensional sculptures. The resulting structures declare their presence through scale and surface texture but often look delicate and at times even insubstantial.
Prolific illustrator Oscar Bolton Green was born in London. His figurative work and character pieces are a delight. His portfolio is sort of a wonderland of strange and dreamy imagery. It’s amazing how he works with simple forms and how he manages to create complex scenes and stories out of beautiful bright shapes. He also experiments with lettering, that fits his style of illustration perfectly—slightly amorphous and experimental.
Paris based artist Oda Jaune paints gelatinous fairies, pregnant men and amorphous bodies. Also, joyful beings, creatures in paradise and flying people emerge on her canvasses. Monstrosity and tenderness lie side by side in Oda Jaune’s paintings, just as they disturb and move those that view them.
Born in Sofia in 1979, the painter studied at the Arts Academy in Düsseldorf and became a star pupil of Jörg Immendorff. She also became his wife. After her husband’s death she moved to Paris to pursue her work there. Her gallerist also represented Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
Sonja Vordermaier was born in 1973 in München, Germany. She now lives and works in Hamnburg. Her sculptures look like amorphous growth on the ceilings and in corners. At first glance, this seems nature-like, if not necessarily natural. It is as if one had been beamed through an electron microscope to another level of perception.
Although she has no constant visible style, she has a consistent way of thinking about sculpture, of using material to form images, and re-formalizing this from one work to the next. In the broader sense, this really entails the idea of recycling: Vordermaier develops sculptural shapes from the alienating appropriation of a material and the meaning of its customary use. By juxtaposing and combining mass and material she creates a tension that the sculpture can then exude, affecting its entire surroundings.