GEOMETRIC SCULPTURES BY XAVIER VEILHAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Xavier Veilhan is a French artist living in Paris. His work includes photography, sculpture, film, painting and installation art. Concerned with the scenography of a dedicated presentation, Veilhan addresses issues of perception as well as the physical and temporal relationships created within the context of the exhibition format. Check out his geometric sculptures that resemble low polygon 3D renderings.

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ECCENTRIC IMAGERY BY WESLEY WRIGHT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Wesley T. Wright is a Northern California based ceramic and mixed media artist known for his highly detailed and eccentric imagery. His work addresses environmental and existential issues with humor, grit, and imagination. Wright’s evocative sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country including the Glassell Fine Arts Museum in Houston, Texas, and the De Young Museum in San Francisco, California.

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SINGLE CLOUD COLLECTION BY LEANDRO ERLICH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Buenos Aires-based artist Leandro Erlich’s “Single Cloud Collection” gives us a surreal taste of what capturing a cloud in glass would look like. Using the artistic method of layering, Erlich’s sculptural pieces are given a three-dimensionality. Each “captured cloud” is the illusionary result of numerous panes of glass that are individually embellished with acrylics.

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Erlich plays with an audience’s visual senses. The artist forces viewers to rethink the way they see things. Like a true magician, he leaves one to question the impossibility of something. What appears to be a three-dimensional anomaly seems to be true based on sensory observation, but, ultimately, is just an illusion.

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DISTURBING SCENES BY FOLKERT DE JONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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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.

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BROKEN LIQUID BY BEN YOUNG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand based Ben Young is a self-taught artist who has been making glass sculpture for over 15 years. Each of Young’s sculptural works are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted from clear sheet float glass, then laminated layer upon layer to create the final form. He constructs models, draws templates, makes custom jigs and then cuts the layers with a glazier’s hand-tool.

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Young’s current work explores the use of industrial materials to compliment the organic glass shapes. He liked the idea that concrete is a basic construction material, and also the physical and visual contrasts between the textures and colors of both materials. Still noticeably influenced by the ocean and bodies of water – the concrete forms have become an integral part of his art forms as have the small bronze carvings which he sculpts initially from wax and uses to help portray the narrative suggested by his landscapes.

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MYTHOLOGICAL FACES BY DANIEL BOCATTO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Daniel Boccato worked on wall-mounted sculptures moulded with corrugated plastic, tarp and tape. His work preserves the spontaneity of preliminary sketches, its frank, childlike energy amplified in strong colors and punchy 3-D. Each piece originates in a throw-away mould which once painted and reinforced with fibreglass and epoxy is discarded, leaving only the negative impression marks of the final surface.

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KINETIC SCULPTURES BY JOHN EDMARK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Much of John Edmark‘s work celebrates the patterns underlying space and growth. Through kinetic sculptures and transformable objects, he strives to give viewers access to the surprising structures hidden within apparently amorphous space.

While art is often a vehicle for fantasy, his work is an invitation to plunge deeper into our own world and discover just how astonishing it can be. In experiencing a surprising behavior, one’s sense of wonder and delight is increased by the recognition that it is occurring within the context of actual physical constraints. The works can be thought of as instruments that amplify our awareness of the sometimes tenuous relationship between facts and perception.

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CERAMIC INFLATABLE TOYS BY BRETT KERN

by Ariadna Zierold

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West Virginia-based artist Brett Kern sculpts these incredible “inflatable” dinosaurs and other objects out of plaster. Kern sculpts his own molds out of clay and uses glaze to emphasize his materials’ depth and details.

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Pop culture has always influenced Kern’s work, and these faux inflatable sculptures are no exception. One of Kern’s first memories as a child was being given an inflatable dinosaur at the hospital for behaving while his mother gave birth to his sister. It’s this playful, childlike wonder that informs the bulk of his work, and the forging of a balance of fragility and buoyancy.

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SAUVEUR MULWANA: DR CONGO’S SCULPTOR CARVING FOR PEACE

by Ariadna Zierold

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One local sculptor Sauveur Mulwana from the town of Butembo in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has set out on a mission to carve for peace, immortalizing Congo’s greats.

He creates monuments and statues and donates them to the local municipal governments to install them around the city, as a way of preserving the historical and cultural heritage in the area which is predominantly inhabited by the Nande tribe.

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Among his great pieces of art is a statue of Archbishop Emmanuel Kataliko, a native of Butembo who died in 2000 after repeatedly denouncing the occupation of Rwanda and Uganda by Congolese militias in eastern DRC During the Second Congo War between 1998 and 2003.

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