The portraits are done in the tradition of Holbein’s drawings of 16th century European nobility, where the age of the subject and date were often featured prominently.
Japanese painter, Ishii Nobuo captures the heart, mind, spirit and inner child in his simple, yet extraordinary paintings. Also a master of ceramics, Nobuo brings his art to practical use in cups, bowls and wonderfully eccentric abstract sculptures.
Sponsorship Redux by Ryan McGuiness Subliminal Projects 2011
El Mac honors 90 year old local man in Agdz, Morocco with a mural
Photographer, Pierre Carreau’s AquaViva series effortlessly carries the range of the human condition in wave-like forms. Carreau’s images of waves, each distinct from the other, captures a flash in time that is often unseen by the human eye. Carreau suspends each wave to expose its life, feeling and purpose, similar to the expression of emotional states in humans, such that feelings are universal, but the expression through an individual is what makes the experience unique. One cannot help but feel the formlessness of the bountiful ocean and its kinetic energy thrusting to shore.
Carreau describes the goal of his work is to, “transfer the waves’ energy to those who view them. Water is amazing, it has no color, but through reflection and refraction it can possess all of them, the entire spectrum of light.”
It’s interesting to think about life from different perspectives, and paper artist and sculptor, Rogan Brown, does just that. Well, it’s even more interesting when it’s a perspective you don’t really notice or consider and its beauty and mystique is brought to your attention. Behold the cellular level invisible to the naked eye and brought to life in incredibly detailed and sophisticated paper sculptures! These are Brown’s recreation of cells, microorganisms, plants and fungi that accentuate the patterns found in nature in micro or macroscopic levels. Each fragile and durable piece in his sculptures are made layer upon layer of hand cut or laser paper. Some of his pieces can take several months to complete.
In 2014, Brown created an awe-inspiring installation called Outbreak, inspired by a meeting with microbiologists organizing an exhibition on the Human Microbiome. He created this piece that depicts an outbreak of pathogens to showcase the inner world associated with science and microbiology.
The art installations resemble fractals found in the universe when we zoom in or out of living organisms. On a broader perspective, viewing the earth from space, one can view human beings as these microscopic pathogens infesting the earth. It all depends on how you look at it. Thanks for keeping us looking, Rogan.
Korean Artist, Jin Young Yu, shows you what it’s like to behold “invisible people.” These life size human and animal sculptures exacerbate the humanity involved in being transparent individuals and families. Yu captures the essence of man’s defense mechanisms- playing roles of happiness by wearing their metaphorical and quite literal masks. Though the individuals and families present themselves to be “happy” or “smiling” when greeting a guest (even the dog has a mask), the true state of transparency is the silence, melancholy and fear that lie within.
Yu’s sculptures are an investment of time and artistic expression. The artist carefully sculpts a clay human form and makes a plaster cast out of it. She then layers the mold with PVC (the glass like substance that is truly transparent and doesn’t warp or disfigure objects behind it), adding heat to the PVC sheets in order to fit the plaster mold. This is a painstaking process that Yu is lovingly dedicated to.
And the results are breathtakingly beautiful.