Ellen Rixford creates mixed media puppets, sculptures and automata that are fun, beautiful, imaginative and full of character.
Archive for the sculpture Category
Rogan Brown has a beautiful series of intricately cut paper sculptures called Outbreak, celebrating the fractal patterns of the microscopic natural world.
In his own words: I am inspired in part by the tradition of scientific drawing and model making, and particularly the work of artist-scientists such as Ernst Haeckel. But although my approach involves careful observation and detailed “scientific” preparatory drawings these are always superseded by the work of the imagination; everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed.
I want to communicate my fascination with the immense complexity and intricacy of natural forms and this is why the process behind my work is so important. Each sculpture is hugely time consuming and labour-intensive and this work is an essential element not only in the construction but also in the meaning of each piece. The finished artefact is really only the ghostly fossilized vestige of this slow, long process of realisation. I have chosen paper as a medium because it captures perfectly that mixture of delicacy and durability that for me characterizes the natural world.
I always enjoy art that draws inspiration from nature, whether it is hyper-real, surreal or entirely fictional in a way that evokes recognition of natural structures. Rogan does a stunning job with this, doesn’t he?
I’m really digging these glass bird skulls by Sean Ayerst. I love his color choices in this first one.
A google image search did not reveal many glass bird skulls on the market out there. I wonder if Sean is selling these beauties.
Today I bring you the evocative assemblages of Edward Keinholz, most of which contain a dash of sharp satire and/or criticisms of modern life (works range from the 1960′s-1980′s).
Although he obtained no formal training, Keinholz grew up on a farm where he learned carpentry, drafting and mechanical skills.
His roster of formal jobs is as eclectic as his artistic endeavors: orderly in a psychiatric hospital, manager of a dance band, used car salesman, caterer, decorator and vacuum cleaner salesman.
Here’s something sweet (in the SWS way) for Mother’s Day. Cristina Burns makes eye catching assemblages, populated with plenty of skulls, flowers and candy.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!
Five years ago I saw Mark Ryden’s Gay 90′s exhibit in NY (wow…has it been five years already?). It was an incredible show filled with Ryden’s trademark wide eyes, kitschy color schemes, symbolism and American icons of bygone days.
The Gay 90′s West just opened in LA, featuring a gigantic new piece:
One of the main pieces in this show is a large automaton diorama, titled Memory Lane [see video, above]. It is an eight-by-four-foot enclosure housed in a circus wagon-like structure. It is a bustling city street scene full of a combination of altered found objects (toys and dolls), sculpted, and painted elements. In an overarching way, it combines all of the themes and ideas I have been working with.
See an interview with Ryden about this show here.