Paolo Del Toro (previously featured here) is a sculptor and two-dimensional artist based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Del Toro’s felt sculptures combine realism with a grotesque cartoon aesthetic, resulting in works that depict bizarre, sometimes nightmarish faces and figures, yet still have a strangely inviting texture.
From far away, his sculptures look like they could just as easily be made with ceramic or stone. The artist has also worked in wood, and it’s really interesting to be able to see the similarities between the two mediums in the artist’s portfolio.
Sydney-based painter and sculptor Trent Whitehead works predominantly in ink and acrylic on wood. Whitehead’s latest body of work centers around a series of hand crafted 3d wooden masks. Each character seems about to burst with some intense expression of anger, frustration or joy. The intensity of the masks captures the effervescence of the artist himself, pooling the experiences of his existence to breathe life into inanimate wood. Trent’s exquisitely patterned and highly narrative works explore the effects of extinction in a fantastical world of horned creatures and bearded villains.
Upper Playground artist, Edgar ‘Saner’ Flores collaborated with famed Argentine writer, Brie Martín López for ”La Doncella Ponzoñosa’ to design all the fantastical characters for the show. The story line embedded with characters facing existential questions about life from a series of dilemmas, test and uncertainties are amplified by the impressive costumes and masks designed by SANER.
The theatrical show marks a unique opportunity for fans of SANER to see characters come to life. The show premiered in April and is on going until June 29th, 2014.
Location: Teatro Julio Castillo: Centro Cultural del Bosque, Paseo de la Reforma y Campo Marte, Col. Chapultepec-Polanco Del. Miguel Hidalgo.
Chinese Photographers Shao Kun & Ruggero Rosfer have some recent work that is genus both in concept and technique. The Facebook pieces obviously play on the mask people hide behind to make themselves look a certain way online. But what is really amazing is that many of details are drawn directly on the negatives before they are printed. It is good, simple, interesting work.