Henry Schreiber has a marmot obsession. These fuzzy inhabitants of mountainous terrain take on many different roles in Shreiber’s work.
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Meredith Dittmar creates amazing 3-dimensional sculptures, showing oddly mechanized creatures and interwoven nature themes.
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From the artist bio:
Dittmar’s human-animal-plant-energy amalgams contain threads of common elements and colors to express deep levels of union across themes of biology, technology, and consciousness . Her characters are frequently involved in quiet expressive moments, or lounge facing their audience so they can share their inner space. Dittmar believes it is this space we recognize in ourselves, and through convening in that space, the interconnectedness of all things is revealed.
Born near Boston Mass, she grew up in a world of pet pigs, horses, hay-forts and spy games . Follow this with an education in computer science, a career in interactive design, a compulsive need to create, and a drive to Seek and you get the major elements of her person and work.
I wish these pieces contained a listing of size and materials used. I want to get a sense of what they would look like in person.
From the artist statement:
I combine images of plants, insects, animals, human anatomy, and religious figures into detailed, colorful collages where individual elements fit together like pieces in a puzzle. Inspired by the history of the curiosity cabinet, the Victorian concept of momento mori, and Christian iconography and ritual, my work celebrates the beauty and interconnectivity of nature while also acknowledging the cyclical aspect of life, death, and decay. My work blends elements of science, myth, and religion into images that pay homage to the past within a contemporary context.
Needless to say, her entire range of subject matter appeals to me.
I’ve been staring at Lukasz Wodynski’s Human Light series, admiring his brilliant use of color. The glow he achieves in these flares of luminosity is rather lovely, isn’t it?
I also find Machinations of Dementia quite moving. Obscured faces manage to convey desperation and sadness…
See more of his work here.
While the whole concept of hyperrealism is to defy the eye in mimicry of real scenery or photographs, I’m nevertheless stunned to see the heights of talent some artists reach in this area. Case in point: Jason de Graaf.
The exactness of proportion and contour needed to pull off multiple reflective spheres in this kind of work is nothing short of incredible.
In reference to his work, he states “My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, an illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface. I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, tell a story or least hint at something beyond what is actually painted. Therefore I try to choose objects that have meaning to me or are artifacts from my life.”