BALLS WITH FACES BY SAMUEL SALCEDO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Samuel Salcedo was born in Barcelona in 1975, where he lives and works. Bachelor of Fine Arts, he studied at the University of Barcelona and the Manchester Metropolitan University in England. Since 1998 he exhibits in galleries and participates in international Art Fairs with 3 Punts Galeria. Since then he has had numerous exhibitions in 3 Punts Galeria, Galerie Robert Drees from Hannover (Germany), Osnova Gallery in Moscow, Soda Gallery in Istanbul or Can Sisteré Center for Contemporary Art, among others.

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Salcedo’s sculptural work is characterized by technical excellence. One can see his mastery in the diversity of the materials he uses (resin, wood, aluminum) and which integrate painting, the discipline with which he began his career. His sculptures and characters always question the viewer with their subtle irony and vulnerability.

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MONUMENTAL SCULPTURES BY JAUME PLENSA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jaume Plensa produces monumental sculptures in steel, glass, marble, polyester resin, concrete, and bronze. He is best known for his Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millenium Park, two 50-foot-high glass towers set amidst a pool of water, which play giant video portraits of Chicago residents that periodically purse their lips and spout water into the pool.

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Predominantly producing figurative sculpture, Plensa has created larger-than-life-sized heads constructed of fine, stainless-steel wire mesh so that their surrounding environments are visible through the works, and bronze figures cast from his own body.

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SKINNED SCULPTURES AND ILLUSTRATIONS BY MASAO KINOSHITA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Masao Kinoshita draws much of his inspiration from diverse mythologies, religions and folklores from around the globe. Fusing narratives across space and time, the horned maenads of ancient Greece live alongside the Yoga Asura deities of Buddhism in a visceral, animalistic universe where fitness reigns supreme.

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Kinoshita’s sculptures stand skinned and erect. Working with materials ranging from wood to resin to bronze, the Japanese sculptor uses an aesthetic we normally associate with natural history museums to render athletic, flexing creatures of the sea and land.

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RETIRED JERSEYS BY CHRIS BAKAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chris Bakay is a multidisciplinary visual artist living and working in Houston, TX. His work is informed by past personal experiences as well as commentary on human nature. Born in 1977, in Atlanta, GA, he studied Design at The Creative Circus.

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In his series “Retired Jerseys”, he works with hanging sculptures made from cast UV-stable epoxy resin. Some are clear or tinted while others are vintage shirt designs re-imagined as clear or translucent versions of their original selves. Simply put, clear is a metaphor for the intangibility of memory. Some are accentuated with objects from the time period they represent. These include vintage fake Oakley sunglasses, a vintage Drakkar Noir cologne sample, vintage yellow Sony Sports headphones and a vintage pager to name a few.

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NEW DISSECTED SCULPTURES BY CAO HUI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cao Hui’s (previously featured here) new series of dissected sculptures sees classical works of art divided up into segments, both linear and fractional. Within the resin forms, the artist shows what might lie beneath the sculptures’ stone façades, depicting hyper-realistically rendered, flesh-like innards, bits of brain and open organs.

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“We must not only see the surface, but also examine the inside, and so the relationship between inner and outer crystallizes into a kind of perfect logic, explainable by our inherent ‘knowledge’. Thus we can begin to deceive others, using set after set of theoretical explanations. The result is laughter — in the end we’ve merely amused ourselves before god did.” Cao Hui

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“LOST MAGIC” BY JIM MCKENZIE

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based artist Jim McKenzie, who is also an accomplished animation director has been working on his upcoming debut solo show entitled “Lost Magic”.

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McKenzie’s exhibit invites viewers to enter into his surreal imagination: new paintings and hand-painted resin sculptures of playful characters that recall our favorite childhood fairy tales with a twist. Though highly fantastical, to the point of being ridiculous, Jim’s work is filled with darkness, depicting themes of loss and death.

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