The works of Rosemarie Fiore, which feature circular pools of rich colors, make up a new series entitled ‘Eclipse’. Like planets orbiting silently, they cross each other’s paths and seem to vibrate on the paper.
Fiore lives and works in the Bronx and has been using found machinery to create artwork since her residency at Skowhegan, completed after her years in graduate school. Her first experiments with fireworks began during a stint in Roswell, New Mexico, with an accident. “I was lighting off a smoke bomb and dropped it, and as it moved it left a blue dotted line,” she says.
SHOTOPOP is a devout team of visual zealots who pride themselves on conjuring the new, the unimagined and the fantastical. In their offices, furiously snipping silver scissors give birth to a thousand paper feathers, crazy caffeine dreams turn into flashing pixel rainbows, and the most ambitious flights of fancy become their proudest moments.
Virginia-based artist Eric Standley utilized laser cutting techniques to create these intricate and ultra-thin paper sculptures that are based on Gothic, Greek, and Islamic techniques. Standley is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Virigina Tech.
According to the artist, “he holds allegiance to a faith of his own construction, which is reinvented on a daily basis.”
Rogan Brown took four months to cut and build this “Outbreak” piece. It was inspired by a meeting with a group of microbiologists planning a new exhibition centre focusing on the Human Microbiome, that is the vast colony of bacteria that lives in and on our bodies.
Fascinated by this hidden world he spent months researching the strange shapes and forms of microbes and pathogens. He wanted to create a piece that examined our fears of the microbiological world, so out of one of the petri domes a group of bugs burst forth, full of ferocious uncontrolable energy.
The intensive work to cut, build and complete, is a meditation on the architecture of natural organic forms in which Rogan Brown strives to reproduce the growth mechanisms of nature: multiple layering, fractal repetition and immense accretion of detail.
He likes to think of these big hand cut pieces as “Time fossils”, that is the fossilized trace of all the time and labour that went in to them. Few other art forms foreground the time that was spent on their creation as well as paper sculpture, it is a significant aspect not merely of their value but their meaning; like medieval monks painstakingly embellishing holy texts in an act of adoration and prayer, he too pays hommage to the interplay of nature and the imagination in the long hours of creation.
A bit of Gorey, a bit of Escher, a bit of classic style but definitely getting a new voice here. And all it took was a bit of A4 dip pen and black ink for Welsh artist Phlegm to get this drawing together, Great stuff. A talent on the street and on the paper. Via Juxtapoz Street Art.
We wanted to end the day with something more inspirational and cool than Miley Cyrus and her newfound tattoo. Bianca Chang going for the stop-motion look, noting, “Stop-motion builds and photos of recent works created for Sydney’s A4 Paper Festival 31st May – 5th June presented by the Paper Convention. All photos by Jacob Ring.”
Being that this is made from paper, we have to say that Elsa Mora is bringing it. Yes, paper art, ring, bringing it. Slang it. Her website is a little stressful with all her blogs, but we say go to her galleries section and check her work. Lots of good stuff in there.