Dallas based artist Dan Lam (previously featured here) has made a name for herself innovating sculpture using polyurethane foam. Her alien works are known for their remarkable vibrant colors as well as their illusionistic appearance. Lam enjoys the unpredictable quality of her process. This is seen in the way she manipulates the foam structures and handles the resin. She couples this with the tedious and controlled placement of her acrylic “spikes” and surface designs. This opposition is crucial to her work. Whether seen in the process itself, or the final result, which exudes both an intense beauty and an intense uncomfortability, Lam plays with these polarities and examines them closely.
Born in Manila to a Vietnamese family who relocated to Texas when she was a child, Lam spent her formative creative years in Dallas with her mother. She received her B.F.A. in 2010 from the University of North Texas and later completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree at Arizona State University.
Paolo del Toro‘s (previously featured here) heads he’s making now are sculpted foam with needle felt features, “a painstaking process” that can take months to complete. He’s been working on his biggest piece so far: the head of a woman wearing a crown of flowers covered in insects, with a toad in her mouth. “It’s a goddess figure of life and death, inspired by religious sculptures from traditionally patriarchal religions, but subverts that imagery to address matriarchal themes found in witchcraft and paganism.”
Amsterdam based Folkert de Jong is best known for his theatrical narrative that address themes of war, greed and power. A sense of tragedy and absurdity, a comically desperate psychological state, permeates his work, particularly through the sculptural material for which de Jong became known: industrial Styrofoam and Polyurethane insulation foams.
The beautifully bizarre, neon-hued, organic work of Manila-born, Texas based artist Dan Lam is created using polyurethane foam, acrylic paint and epoxy resin. Lam’s strange sculptures intentionally walk the line between attraction and repulsion.
Kyoto-based artist Kohei Nawa created a huge and immersive cloud-like installation made of small bubbles. Located in a dark room, the piece consists of floating foam that accumulates to form an ethereal structure that spreads across the space.
“Each bubble cannot escape the cycle of birth and destruction, which is not unlike the way our cells operate as they metabolize and circulate.”
These sculptures are strange. They look so artificial, yet so plush and flesh-like. It’s one of those art objects you can enjoy looking at, but maybe do not want to own. Having this in your house, maybe creepy? Or maybe awesome, we dare you to show us wrong and make it awesome.
via: today tomorrow