Sculpting with Nails

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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.”

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Cherry Blossoms at Night

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A cherry blossom is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese Cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is called sakura. Cherry blossom is speculated to be native to the Himalayas. Currently it is widely distributed, especially in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere such as: Europe, West Siberia, South Korea, China, Japan, United States, etc. Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use do not produce fruit.

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Drawings Made Out Of Thousands Of Doodles

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Artist Sagaki Keita  lives and works in Tokyo. His densely composited pen and ink illustrations at first glance appear to be a simple sketch or a quick drawing but a closer look reveals that these intricate artworks are made up of thousands of tiny cartoonish doodles. The artist combines his training in the arts with a childhood love of comics and graffiti to create the clever pictures.

All things are composed of whole and part. For instance, the human body is built from 60 trillion cells. Your country is part of nations all over the world. And, the solar system including our planet is a part of the galaxy. However, the concept of ‘whole and part’ is not fixed. It’s in flux if we interpret from a different viewpoint, the wholeness which we defined is converted into the partialness. Domain in the relations of both, it never ends. The concept of my creation is the relations of borderless ‘whole and part’. As i draw a picture in this concept, i want to express conflict and undulation from relations of whole and part, cannot be measured in addition and subtraction (the whole in the grand total of the part. and the part by the whole division).

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Uprooted

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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.

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Drawing the Blinds by Titus Kaphar

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Through the manipulation of seemingly classical and canonical imagery, Kaphar introduces us to an alternate history that runs concurrent to the dominant narrative. Truths emerge to reveal the fiction and revisionism inherent in history painting and the visual representation of a moment or memory. Kaphar cuts, slashes, erases, layers and peels back the surface of his paintings. Each method is specific to the subject and meant to ignite and recharge the image, often that of the underrepresented body.  – thru Feb 21

Jack Shainman Gallery, NYC

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The Twisted Trees of Slope Point

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Slope Point is the southernmost point of the South Island of New Zealand. The area is frequently knocked with strong and chilling winds from Antarctica. Consequently, trees there grow leaning toward the north. The land around Slope Point is used for sheep farming and it remains uninhabited by humans. The distorted mini-forest was planted to serve as a shelter for the sheep.

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Life-sized Wood Sculptures by Willy Verginer

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Artist Willy Verginer lives and works in South Tyrol, Italy. His life-sized figurative sculptures are carved from solid pieces of wood then painted with acrylic paint and often combined with unexpected objects.

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