THE CONTROVERSIAL SCULPTURES OF PATRICIA PICCININI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Patricia Piccinini is one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists who works in a variety of media, including painting, video, sound, installation, digital prints, and sculpture.

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Her startling sculptures examine the connections between science and nature, art and the environment. Audiences are drawn to Piccinini’s sculptures because they appear so real, yet they are creatures of the artist’s imagination developed to consider a strange new world of artificial or mutant beings derived from experimental biotechnology.

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Created using a combination of materials such as silicone, fibreglass and human hair, Piccinini’s sculptures are familiar yet fantastical in their depiction of possible future species and their interaction with human beings. Often confronting yet endearingly vulnerable, her sculptures give form to her fascination with the relationship between the ‘natural’ and the ‘artificial’ while asserting the power of social relationships, love and communication. Piccinini’s work is fundamentally about the human condition, despite the quasi-human appearance of her sculptures. The artist sees them as ‘beautiful rather than grotesque, miraculous rather than freakish’.

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‘ANIMAL’ by Borondo at RexRomae Gallery Feb. 5th – 26th

On February 5th, Spanish artist and muralist Gonzalo Borondo will unveil his most ambitious show to date titled,  ‘ANIMAL’ at RexRomae Gallery, London.

Curated by Rom Levy and Charlotte Dutoit, ‘ANIMAL’  aims to explore “the conflict between our innate animal instincts and our present lives, which are coated with the dependence of technology and our fear for the unknown.” -RR

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“The biggest part of my work [is to] try to reflect our dramatic nature. I use the universal body-language to show the issues of the human condition.” – Borondo

With this in mind, the artist will present eight thematic spaces that include video installations and painting animations in collaboration with Carmen Maín (Spain), and sculpture installations, created together with Edoardo Tresoldi (Italy) and Despina Charitonidi (Germany). A limited edition signed screen-print entitled “Fake Paradise” will be released during the opening night.

Some work in progress photos from the artist studio:

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RexRomae  Gallery
Opening: 5th February 6PM
Location: Londonewcastle Project Space, Shoreditch (London).

Gaddafi can’t get along with Libyans, but we got dolphins saving dogs stuck in canals

When in doubt, leave it to the dolphins. When a dog had been stuck in a canal for over 15 hours in Marco Island, Florida, it wasn’t people that saved the dog, it was dolphins who splashed and splashed until it got someone’s attention. As the dog’s owner told local news, “‘The lady here who had gotten him out of the canal said, ‘No, the dolphins were with him’.” Wow.

Fucking dolphins saved a dog’s life. And Gaddafi can’t even get along with his own Libyan people? What we can learn from the Animal Kingdom.

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