While in college, artist John Bisbee was scavenging in an abandoned house looking for items to incorporate into a series of found-object sculptures when he kicked over a bucket of old rusty nails. To his astonishment, the nails had fused together into a bucket-shaped hunk of metal. He had an epiphany. For nearly three decades, Bisbee has welded and forged 12-inch spikes under the mantra, “Only nails, always different.” He shares with American Craft, “A nail, like a line, can and will do almost anything. What can’t you draw with a line? The nail is just my line.”
Jorge Mayet is a Cuban refugee now living and working in Mallorca, Spain, internationally known for his sculptures and installations . His most important works are his fantastic trees installations, depicting uprooted trees suspended by invisible threads, that seem like a metaphor for his yearning for his homeland.
Cuban born duo Guerra de la Paz is the composite name of Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz. Their work is based on a combination of traditional disciplines and experimentation with dimension and the use of unconventional materials.
It is inspired by an essential familiarity with the ready-made and the archaeological qualities that found objects possess. Encapsulating an energy that reveals underlying meanings and depicts the significance of mass-produced refuse on our society.
French sculptor Edouard Martinet sculpts several types of animals and insects from old objects found in flea markets and car part sales. He starts by drafting several detailed sketches of the animal or insect he has in mind to build and then fits each component into place as if putting together a puzzle.
Danish artist Maria Rubinke creates traditional porcelain sculptures, but in a twisted manner. Her sculptural works portrait children in gruesome situations. A combination of cute and gore. Although criticized by many, Maria Rubinke has her unique art style.
Tomohiro Inaba is attracted to iron as a material among other reasons because it begins to rust and decay upon contact with air, practically the moment it is created. Though made from solid wire, many of his works appear freely woven. Like caught between two dimensions, start off anatomically perfect, but they end in to disintegrate into thin air.
Italian artist Bruno Walpoth creates haunting, lifelike sculptures out of wood. Walpoth uses semi-translucent paint to coat his works, to ensure that the wood grains are visible. Each of his works is an attempt to breathe a living soul into carved wood. Walpoth points to the sculptures’ expressions: “When standing in front of the work, one should have the impression that the characters have a soul. I would like to achieve that.” He certainly achieved that!
Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze has created a fantastical series of taxidermy fairies. Composed of bones, plants, feathers, and insect parts Laquieze’s otherworldly creatures may not look like the typical fairies but they are technically brilliant and visually intriguing.
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London-bases artist Nancy Fouts produces weird objects, a strange fusion of opposite components which brings a whole new look in the compounded material. Such as a money purse with teeth or thorns on a balloon. Everyday objects, animals or symbols are being rearranged to change its original character.
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Melbourne-based artist Daniel Agdag’s work with a material as mundane as cardboard is nothing short of magical. He creates painstakingly intricate cardboard sculptures of unbelievably delicate and complex industrial flying machines. Agdag describes his process as ‘sketching with cardboard’, as he makes no detailed plans or drawings of the pieces he creates.
These beautiful sculptures from the series “The Principles of Aerodynamics” are on now at MARS Gallery. The exhibition presents six fantastical machines – there are flying hot-rods and Jules Verne-style air balloons – as well as a larger hanging mobile.
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