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.