Lu Chao was born in Shenyang, China and lives and works in the U,K. The blending of Chinese and Western cultures, of the traditional and the contemporary, is predominant in all of his works.
I like to watch and depict live crowds; this allows me to observe myself and my life from another angle. Each time I look at a crowd, I see that everyone is different, unique, and at the same time so small and identical. I love crowds, I fear them and I am curious about the life of each member. When I observe and depict them, I wish I were a spectator; however, I am one of them and I can never escape that fact. Our current environment is brimming with people’s desires, and through my art I try to capture this restless, helpless and confused mass of people. Sometimes, it is a bittersweet pill to swallow.
Dan Pauly is rooted in a heritage of 4 generations of wood-working artisans. The Minnesota-based craftsman builds tiny whimsical homes with slanted roofs and crooked chimneys. Each Fairy tale structure is a unique masterpiece made from reclaimed wood from barns and other buildings over 100 years old using old-world techniques. With meticulous attention to detail, each structure is custom made to suit individual needs and make your vision a reality.
Website: The Rustic Way
Full Grown, headed by designer and artist Gavin Munro, uses ancient techniques combined with modern technology to grow, graft, nurture and then harvest living trees into chairs, tables, sculpture – anything you can imagine.
In essence its an incredibly simple art. You start by training and pruning young tree branches as they grow over specially made formers. At certain points we then graft them together so that the object grows in to one solid piece…The whole process takes place over seasons and years – between 4 and 8 years to grow a chair – but when you look at how long and how much effort it takes us now to go from having no tree to the final wooden object, then you realise that the craft we’re a part of developing is not just more cooperative with the natural world; it has an elegant efficiency all of it own.
Website Full Grown
Wang Yue, an innovative artist from Shijiazhuang, China, harnesses nature as a canvas for her art. Yue creates paintings of beautiful sceneries on the bare inner layer of tree barks as well as animals looking out from the tree trunks. Wang consulted with the Shijiangzhuang Bureau of Landscape and Forestry to ensure the paints wouldn’t harm the trees. It’s likely summer rains will fade and eventually wash away her artworks.
Paul Fuentes is a graphic designer, based in Mexico City, who enjoys staging everyday objects into surreal and colorful compositions creating pop mashups.
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Sculptor, painter and stage designer, Edoardo Tresoldi is known for crafting stunning sculptures with sheets of wire mesh. Incipit, an architecturally-inspired work, features gigantic arched passageways and a series of floating birds which are affixed within the piece. The towering installation appeared at the Meeting del Mare 2015 in Camerota, Italy.
Street artist Bordalo II uses old tires, damaged bumpers, entire vehicles and other scraps of painted found trash to form impressive animal sculptures and places them in public locations. It is not only a way to recycle, but also a critique of the world we live in, where we often have nice things, which are based on junk without realizing it.