Portland based artist AJ Fosik (previously featured here) creates intricate, vividly colored three-dimensional pieces that reference folk art, taxidermy, and cultural ritual. Fosik’s wall pieces and freestanding sculptures of anthropomorphized animals are carefully crafted from hundreds of pieces of wood that he cuts and paints individually by hand. Once the basic forms are complete, he adds threatening teeth, claws, and eyes to give the objects an intimidating presence. Totems and fetishes, as well as the “random, chaotic and arbitrary nature of existence,” fascinate Fosik.
Artist and designer Matt W. Moore took a new approach with his latest work, SHADOVVS. During a 2 month stay in Oakland, CA, and a 2 week residency within 886 Geary Gallery, Moore constructed a new body of work that fuses his bold, graphic, op-geo vocabulary with extruded mosaic forms that bring the works to life in three dimensions.
The series is activated by the angle and intensity of the light source, be it a deliberate directional lamp, or the natural curve of each day’s sun cycle. Symmetries and depth are revealed in a spectrum of proportions, and color palettes are expanded upon, into numerous parallel hues revealed by the shadows.
The exhibition is made up of five parts, each having their own concept and look. There is a four piece series of purely symmetrical, colorful compositions, a series of 12 square works that reflect Moore’s signature graphic skills but in 3D, a series of greyscale cut-paper mosaics that led to this new way of working, an extra large construct made up of five, colorless pieces that explore light and shadow, and finally a large mosaic, white-on-white mural composed of the same shapes used in the rest of the work.
Check out these three-dimensional paintings Italian artist Luca Luce produces in the palm of his own hand. As a makeup artist, Luce uses his experience and knowledge of shading and colors to create mind-bending optical illusions on himself. The arrangement of shadows and photorealistic illustrations, gives the palm of Luca’s hand a highly realistic 3D image.
Parisian artist, Baptise Debombourg, creates mind bending three-dimensional installations, taking ordinary materials and creating chaos with shapes in patterns. Debombourg recently collaborated with Maison Martin Margiela to produce, “Turbo”, a powerful installation for the Grenelle store in Paris.