Japanese artist Jun Kitagawa installs zippers in buildings, on walls, and even in public ponds, around Japan. With his zippers, either painted on walls or sculpted , he intents to give viewers a more intimate look into the world we interact with every day through a familiar object.
ITO Hirotoshi‘s (aka Jiyuseki) stone sculptures are not only amusing, but also so alive that it is hard to believe they are made of hard impenetrable stone. He uses various kinds of stones ranging from granite and marble to ones he found at the Azusa riverbank near his home in Japan.
“ITO Hirotoshi continues to find new and original ways to create sculptures that people would touch and feel the unexpected softness and the warmth of them. He would be honored if his work would add laughs and smiles to people who come in contact with them.”
“Feral Creatures” explores connections between the human spirit and the animal kingdom. This exhibition presents 10 contemporary artists whose inherent aesthetic employs beasts both fierce and docile as allegorical vehicles for life’s struggles and bliss. Each artist was chosen based on their natural mystique and ability to render beauty and grace with a skillful hand. By shining a spotlight on the wild, these artists allow the viewer to examine our reality through a broad tapestry of myth, imagination and animal behavior.
Artists include: Michael Alm, JAW Cooper, Peter Gronquist, Michael Page, Caitlin Hackett, Anita Kunz, Christina Mrozik, Jason Wheatley, Zoe Williams, and Kikyz1313.
British sculptor James Doran-Webb started to design driftwood furniture in 2005 and it was while playing with the various natural forms that he decided to try his hand at making animal sculptures. His large supply of the wood has made it possible for him to find the pieces of branch which most lend themselves to the natural form and shape needed to give his animals the movement and reality he strives to obtain in every piece he creates.
Retour a Betton (Return to Betton), is a sculptural installation over a canal in Betton, France, by Guy Lorgeret. Raised five meters off the ground, the installation depicts figures on bicycles, migrating from one bank to another, claiming their freedom and refusing to compete in a fictitious competition, while their reflections in the water adding to the magic of the scene.