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.
Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki carves life-size sculptures from wood, but with a twist of mortality and transience. The disturbing pieces hinge often hinge on grotesque as the combination of the bulging weight and density of wood heightens the certainty of death that looms over all his creations. Each piece, with sizes ranging from life-size to miniature, is first sketched directly onto a large section of camphor wood and then chiseled to match the absurd female form.
Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist and designer Olalekan Jeyifous received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Cornell University where his focus of study was primarily on investigating the relevant potential for a variety of computer software within the fields of art, design and architecture.
“Not My Business” is named after a poem by Nigerian poet, dramatist, and literary critic, Niyi Osundare. The title of the exhibition references the fact that Jeyifous has not been back to Nigeria since he left when he was 7 years old.
“Using rigorous Cubist geometric shapes, I freely juxtapose recognizable icons of the informal economy- from street vendors, industrial waste or power generators — with those of the post-Colonial Utopia-orderly State and social infrastructure– to create strange constructions in which time and space collide ambiguously.” Olalekan Jeyifous
Taiwanese artist Hsu Tung Han carves figurative sculptures from wood that appear to be dissolving into fields of pixels. He is a master of puzzling together pieces of wood into unbelievable figurative sculptures.
Hsu Tung Han thinks of his work as a puzzle, carefully laying out each piece in preparatory drawings and clay models. Then, strips of walnut, teak, or African wax wood are joined together and worked over meticulously.
A group of interior architecture students have built king-size wooden megaphones deep in the woods in Estonia. It is a large scale acoustic installation that amplifies the sounds of the forest.
Interior Architecture students at the Estonian Academy of Arts have conceived the idea of a forest library near RMK’s Pähni Nature Centre, where the quiet sounds of chirping birds and rustling leaves are amplified to surrounding site visitors.
The installation blends contemporary architectural space and wilderness and is accessible for hikers and nature lovers for free. The objects were placed at such a distance and angle that the sound feed from all the three directions creates a delicate unique sound at the very centre.
The interventions, titled ‘Ruup’, span three meters in diameter, offering those seated and lying within ample space for reading or resting. Additionally, the conical shapes offer potential shelter for a wanderer or modest hiker to spend the night, as well as provide a platform for outdoor classrooms, small-scale cultural events and concerts.
We’re releasing a very special limited edition hand-made box designed and crafted by Tiffany Bozic and master woodworker, Francisco Robles. The idea and inspiration for the box came naturally when the lines and similarities between Tiffany’s ornate artistic style and Francisco’s intricate wood-working ability were taken into account – and the two artist’s crafts get taken to a distinguished level through this coupling.
Tiffany Bozic’s career has been built on an ability to take the natural world and present it in a gruesome yet beautiful way, which never feels disingenuous. Because of her unique style and perspective her work has been shown at the Laguna Art Museum, the California Academy of Science and will be featured in an upcoming solo show at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City. The piece silk-screened directly onto the Native Box features the organic elements which make her work so compelling, inspired by the beauty of two White-Eye birds that Tiffany recently witnessed playing in Papua New Guinea.
Francisco Robles’ ability to craft furniture and wood was seen in full force in 2008 when he crafted a line furniture with Upper Playground designed by David Choe, Jeremy Fish, Sam Flores and Tiffany Bozic. With this background of coupling furniture with contemporary art, he has crafted the Native Box with the interior divided into four sections and the exterior given a five half-round bead detail as a play off of classic moulding.
John Wooden, what is there to say? He is the embodiment of the perfect student-athlete, teaching life as well as the game of basketball. He was like a philosopher, and players that played at UCLA under his amazing 10 NCAA titles (in 12 years!) are all interesting, thoughtful, progressive people in their own right, with a lot owed to the people that Mr Wooden wanted to teach and coach. His death is a sad moment for sports, but most importantly, its a sad time for all of collegiate activities.