Inspired by an inexplicable real life encounter, the fantasy fairies are painstakingly created from galvanised and stainless steel wire, by UK wire artist Robin Wight. Every fairy is a handmade sculpture uniquely crafted to your desired pose and installation requirements. The artist currently has several pieces on view at the Trentham Gardens.
CLOUD began as a large-scale interactive sculpture created from 6,000 light bulbs by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett. The piece utilizes everyday domestic light bulbs and pull strings, re-imagining their potential to catalyze collaborative moments and create an experiential environment. As part of the process of building the sculpture, the artists collected burnt out incandescent light bulbs from the surrounding community, forging an informal relationship with non-artists, reducing costs, and asking audiences to reconsider household items in an alternative context. During exhibition, viewers interact with CLOUD, working as a collective to turn the entire sculpture on and off.
Myeongbeom Kim was born in Busan but currently lives and works in Seoul and Chicago. With his installations he creates surreal experiences through unexpected encounters between man-made objects and items from nature: a light bulb filled with water in which goldfish perform for the audience, a tree that floats in the air, suspended by colored balloons used both as a reference to a weakness waiting to explode and a falsely cheerful element…
His exhibits can be seen around the world, as his work is constantly growing and breaking free of the regular.
Korean artist Jee Young Lee creates visually intense fictional scenes is her room-sized studio in Seoul. In each of her stories, with herself as the protagonist, she adds plastic creativity and theatrical performance. Most of the stories are inspired from artist’s childhood memories and Korea’s folktales. The project is called Stage of Mind and no photo manipulation was used.
Korean artist Seon-Ghi Bahk creates sculptures from pieces of charcoal suspended from nylon filaments – objects or geometric shapes based on sketches made in an apparently architectural approach. The artist re-interprets mundane objects, presenting them to us in a context disassociated from their real environment. Apparently floating in a play of light and space, his installations embody the relationship between humans and nature.
Turkish arist Ardan Ozmenoglu has created a series of three-dimensional trees out of layers of painted glass. The purpose of the project was to provide a social commentary of transience versus permanence in human culture and to encourage people to look at things from multiple perspectives.
I slice a flat image down to its constituent parts, like the levels of a topographic map. The flat image, existing now on multiple slides of glass, is abstracted and becomes sculpture, captured within and between the glass as it interacts with its medium and becomes a different image depending on the position of the viewer. This is the creation of dimension, mood and meaning for the viewer.
Azerbaijan-based artist Rashad Alakbarov uses suspended translucent objects and other found materials to create light and shadow paintings on walls. Alakbarov carefully positions transparent and solid objects of assorted shapes and then projects light upon them to create shadow images of beautiful beaches, cities, people, and even words.
Professional portrait photographer Jun.C. uses safety pins to create lovely and moving scenarios through the lens of his camera.
Based in Berlin, French artist and photographer Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard has created an original series of pictures where she illustrates fish heads, placed on doll-like bodies, replacing people in their daily routine. She buys the fish from the food market. The props and backdrops are painstakingly put together by Anne-Catherine while her mother makes the costumes. Each specific work can take up to three months from start to finish. A bit disturbing but yet creative art.
Photo: Vasudev (Vas) Bhandarkar
“The Mae West Room” is a sculptural installation by Salvador Dalí, displayed at the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain. It is based on the artist’s original painting Face of Mae West.
Gerry Barry has been making installations on poetic landscapes across the Irish countryside. Barry’s installations often feature simple shapes, primarily the circle. Water is a key element of his creations and his ephemeral artworks are meant to coexist with the elements of nature.
Artist Jayson Fann is a California resident who creates spirit nests for humans and helps to run the amazing Big Sur Spirit Garden along the Pacific Coast. Each nest is an interactive and functional art sculpture made from tree branches that are harvested from local forests and is large enough to accommodate up to eight people.
Illustrator amd photographer Kevin Van Aelst gives new meanings to everyday objects in his intriguing artworks. He produces editorial work for a variety of magazines including Wired, Money Magazine, and Scientific American.
German artist Wolfgang Stiller, has made an unsettling exhibition of ‘matchstick men’ which show blackened out human faces atop huge matches. Wolfgang had been experimenting with leftover art materials in his studio when he began his matchstick project with molds of Chinese faces and bamboo.
As the site-specific installation, entitled Matchstick Men, Stiller used thick pieces of lumber to make the sculptures look more like real matchsticks.
Olga Ziemska is a sculptor and public artist that lives & works in Cleveland, Ohio in a studio by Lake Erie. She uses natural and reclaimed materials, salvaged birch logs, clay and plaster to create wonderful installations that comment on humanity’s interaction with the natural world. As Ziemska explains on her website, she uses art as a tool to better understand the world.
“The Tree Project” is an ongoing art project since 2006 inspired by the beauty and the decay of nature and created by German artists duo Zonenkinder.
By painting eyes, faces and grimaces on the trees, by ornamenting and dressing them we emphasize our close and unique connection with nature. Thereby reflecting that trees are exceptional and beautiful living individuals. This stands in contrast to the often destructive and indifferent interaction with the environment of mankind. Please note that we take environmental issues serious: for all tree-paintings shown here we use natural and biodegradable colors that will fade away after a while.
Amazing stone balance art by Land artist Michael Grab.
Through witnessing what this art has done for me personally over years of practice, my vision grows more and more to encourage others to seek their own “still-point” or inner silence. This art allows one to freely be themselves, manifesting their own particular vibrations into a 3D world. Stone balance teaches the practitioner lessons through silence. The inner silence that one cultivates through balancing is a foundation to realizing that each of us are as much one another as we are our entire universe.
You can see more on his website Gravity Glue.
Jaakko Pernu’s environmental sculptures are inspired by the artist’s experiences growing up in Finland, where he was always helping his father build boats, manipulating wood into organic shapes. Pernu’s work is generally made of natural materials – branches and trunks found near a site, expertly woven together to achieve exquisite forms.
The ideas to my works come intuitively into existence by surprise out of time and place. I feel that my ready works can be part of the specific art world, placed in a museum or in a gallery, but just as well they can be in the dimension of everyman, on a strange route, along by which you would bump into them by chance. My theme is the influence of humans on nature – the influence of nature on humans.
Ulrika Kestere’s “7 Horses” Photo project.
“Once upon a time there was a girl who had 7 invisible horses. People thought she was crazy and that she in fact had 7 imaginary horses, but this was not the case. When autumn came the girl spent a whole day washing all her clothes. She hung them on a string in her garden to let the gentle autumn sun dry them. Out of nowhere, a terrible storm came and its fierce-full winds grabbed a hold of all her clothes and all seven horses (authors note: since they are invisible they obviously didn’t weigh much). The girl was devastated and spent all autumn looking for each horse spread around the country, wrapped in her clothes.”
Korean artist Jaehyo Lee uses wood and stainless steel materials to create elegant sculptures – stunning curved semi-geometric works of art.
The ‘Trick Eye’ Museum in Busan, Korea, uses cleverly manipulated paintings to really put visitors in the picture.
Isaac Cordal creates tiny cement figures (10 in. approx.) and places them in odd circumstances around the urban environment.
The figurines represent a kind of metamorphosis through which an urban human leaves his role of citizen and begins merging with the city and slowly becomes part of urban furniture.
Yayoi Kusama, the 83 years old princess of polka dots, is a sculptor, painter, writer, installation artist and performance artist. As a child, when she started to experience the hallucinations, from which she has since suffered all her life, her response was to paint polka dots. This motif has remained a central feature of her work, and expresses her feeling of revolving ‘in the infinity of endless time and the absoluteness of space,’ and her view of herself as ‘a dot lost among a million other dots.’
German artist Cornelia Konrads creates mind-bending site-specific installations in public spaces, sculpture parks and private gardens around the world. Konrads explains,
“I like to challenge, what is supposed to be “reliable” about reality: the laws of gravity, the solidity of walls or the ground under our feet… my installations can be seen as a filmstill, pointing backwards and forwards both temporally and spatially―an interim state, reflecting my idea of transience, passage and transformation.”