MONUMENTAL FUTURISTIC ANTIQUITIES BY ADRIAN VILLAR ROJAS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Argentine sculptor Adrián Villar Rojas produces monumental site-specific works, primarily in clay. The artist first chose the material for its low price and availability, but since then it has come to influence his concept of form. With their crude physicality and cracked surfaces, his sculptures are redolent of ruins, but their forms are more futuristic than antiquated.

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SCULPTURAL GESTURES BY FRANCISCO ESNAYRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexico City based artist Francisco Esnayra is concerned with the emotional and revealing character of the face. He selects the features that most strongly depict the protagonist, thus carving a philosophical psychology and sculptural anthropology.

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The sculptor penetrates deep within what’s human in the face and the mind. Through the creative process, Esnayra delves into himself- a self portrait in the mind and the face of each sculpture he molds. He incorporated in his figures the intellect and soul in histrionic fashion, hence the variety of facial gestures in his work.

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SLEEPING PORTRAITS BY MARYAM ASHKANIAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Maryam Ashkanian, with the Sleeping Series collection, entrapped the world of dreams and subconscious sewing the dreamers’ faces, surprised in their inner expressions during the night, on soft pillows. She embroiders individuals deep in sleep onto the surface of her handmade pillows, matching the size of her subjects to the area one would physically occupy if they took a nap on her work.

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The stitched sleepers lay sprawled in different configurations on the white background, some with their arms outstretched, whiles others hold them tucked into their bodies. These sculptures are a way to access the wide subject matter of dreams, a place where Ashkanian feels we can observe ourselves in one of the purest forms.

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MYTHOLOGICAL SCULPTURES BY EVA FUNDERBURGH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eva Funderburgh is a sculptor living in Seattle, Washington. While her work ranges from clay to bronze to installation work, the movement and emotional content of her work stand out, regardless of the medium.

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Her work deals with the overlap of humanity and the natural world. She uses her simple, emotive animal forms to examine human motives and emotions. Storytelling and the idea of myth plays a very large role in her work, but equally so the notion of biology.

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ALUMINUM FOIL GARDEN SCULPTURES BY TOSHIHIKO MITSUYA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin based Toshihiko Mitsuya‘s main work is sculpture made from Aluminum foil. The first part of the current series consists of 300 small sculptures made from normal kitchen Aluminum foil. Having collaborated with architects testing its durability in various forms of construction, Mitsuya created life-size equestrian or standing statues made of special wide aluminum foil. The motifs of each work is based on the mixture of various countries cultures in this highly-networked information society. It relates to images common all over the world.

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He has also produced flat works, composed of reflections from boards of scratched stainless steel with angle grinder, which can be said to stand between a sculpture and a painting. These shining works with light will be a novel challenge against sculpture and the history of painting.

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ABSURD CREATURES BY STEVE FERRERA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Steve Ferrera received his BFA from UCSC and his MFA from SJSU both with an emphasis in sculpture. His work crosses many disciplines including film, television, stop motion animation, children’s books, and collectible toys. Often inspired by mythology, religion, cartoons, and make believe, his curious and absurd creatures exist in their own cosmic events, lurking on the fringes of fairy tale and folklore. He lives in Berkeley California with his one-eyed cat.

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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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THE WORK OF BRIAN DEGRAW

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based artist and musician Brian DeGraw intersects art and music in his drawings, installations, videos, and sculptures. He draws subject matter for his work from his encounters in New York’s experimental music scene such as in Untitled (DJ Requests)(2007), a framed collection of paper scraps with scrawled late-night song requests. DeGraw’s experiences in one discipline inform his production in the other.

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AN OPERATIONAL MACHINE BY SANTISSIMI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Santissimi‘s work (Antonello Serra and Sara Renzetti) looks at the art as an operational machine in which the forms are comfortably reflected in the definition of “philosophical empiricism in the art”. Philosophical empiricism means putting into practice the knowledge, to perform an operation of thought, or to be more precise translate into visual terms, linguistic and conceptual thinking in scientific and philosophical matters.

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