Mad Meg ‘s harmonious and nightmarish universe is a reflection of our time, our
society. Influenced by French and international news and politics, Mad Meg is engaged, relating it all to us with a ferocity of vision and considerable humor.
Far from fairy tales with their happy endings, the artist confronts her own childhood stories, yet adjusts their course. Here the relationship to the marvellous ceases to exist; Mad Meg breaths life into her characters, and she lets them die—just like in real life.
Edouard Martinet is fascinated by the biological forms of insects, fish, and arthropods. He assembles gargantuan depictions of the creatures with found automotive and bicycle parts. Martinet’s ability to build something so organic from mechanical components is nothing short of astounding.
What sets Edouard’s work apart is the brilliant formal clarity of his sculptures, and their extraordinary elegance of articulation. His degree of virtuosity is unique: he does not solder or weld parts, his sculptures are screwed together. This gives his forms an extra level of visual richness.
When working with metal, it takes a true master to breathe life into their artwork. Russian artist Igor Verniy does just that with his beautiful and elegant articulated steampunk animal sculptures. Their moving parts and Verniy’s attention to detail makes them come alive.
From heaps of scrap metal, old bike chains, and silverware, sculptor Igor Verniy creates birds, butterflies, and other unusual creations. Many of his steampunk and cyberpunk sculptures are made to be fully articulated, with dozens of moving or adjustable parts enabling each piece to be posed in several lifelike positions.
The project is part of an ongoing collaboration, ‘Small Discoveries’, which celebrates moments in nature and how people interact with the natural world. Curiosity Cloud, the new project developed for London Design Festival, takes its cues from the Art Nouveau movement and the traditional use of insect motifs throughout this period.
The V&A’s Norfolk House Music Room has been filled with 250 mouth-blown crystal glass globes, each containing a handmade insect. The interactive installation features 25 species covering three categories—extinct, common, and newly discovered—which react to visitors as they approach them. The globes hang from the ceiling at different lengths, with different sized ones corresponding to the categories.
Initially the insects seem quiet and serene, with a few bulbs lit up and some small movement, but as people get closer to the canopy of globes sensors detect your movement and the globes light up, the insects come to life, fluttering around inside their glass homes and emitting a buzzing sound.
FIFTY24PDX Gallery and Upper Playground Portland are excited to present Blasphemous Nature: a solo show featuring new works by San Francisco based artist Robert Bowen.
“BLASPHEMOUS NATURE” is a collection of new paintings chronicling a bizarre place where the line between Mother Nature and the mechanical world has been blurred and broken. The show will be on display at Portland’s Upper Playground Gallery, opening on August 7th from 6-9 PM.
“With this new body of work I am continuing to focus on my fascination with animal/machinery hybrids. There are so many unanswered questions I have about them. Is this a not so distant future reality? A terrible road we should never go down? How do I make the Killer Whale a more efficient killer? Can the marlin and shark be even faster hunters, more dangerous to their only predators, man? If the bees continue to disappear, should we design a replacement to pick up where they left off? Or do we accept our fate and stop toying with Mother Nature since that is what got us into trouble in the first place. I’m continuing to play mad scientist in a lab that should never really exist. Oh, and there’s a few fire breathing cats in there, because…why not.” -R. Bowen
ROBERT BOWEN: Blashpehmous Nature
23 NW. 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
August 7 – September 27, 2014
Gallery open Monday through Saturday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Opening Reception August 7 at 6:00 PM