Sculptor, Maker, and artist Rebecca Rose creates metallic wearable narratives that are meant to be worn. Rose handcrafts “Sculpturings” out of bronze and silver, spending up to 140 hours on a single piece. She first collects and arranges tiny objects and then begins to work her magic through the casting process. Meant to be both admired and worn, her rings are akin to wearable sculptures. She’ll be exhibiting at this weekend’s Orlando Maker Faire on September 13th and 14th.
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Sorting through piles of tiny toys and objects, Rose searches for the appropriate bit of source material.
Rebecca Rose assembles found and hacked objects into original pieces of art that she then casts in metal.
Raw materials sit in Rose’s studio and await their next life as wearable art.
This inspiring workspace is where Rebecca Rose falls into a focused trance as she gathers bits and pieces of toys and trinkets to assemble into teeny, tiny sculptures. Her walls are covered with her own original paintings and the works of other artists.
In the age of smart phones and cameras, we are all guilty of the occasional “selfie”. But what if you could use your selfie in a CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machine to make that photo into a portrait of yourself — out of your own blood. That’s what artist Ted Lawson did.
The CNC machine was originally programmed to paint with a self-filling brush and ink device, but Lawson hacked it to hook up to his arm and use his own blood while it paints. It was not an easy process. It took several hours and used quite a bit of blood. He had to eat fruit juice and eat biscuits in order to keep hydrated, and so that he didn’t pass out. And he spent a lot of time making adjustments like creating a vacuum to keep the paper from curling up as the blood saturated the paper, and using tweezers to manually adjust the brush as it painted. But he also allowed errors and glitches to be part of the drawing because he felt the random events made a deeper connection between the code used by the computer and the machine and the much more organic code that is present in blood and DNA and everything else. The project, aptly titled Drawing Blood, is part of a series of CNC based artworks called The Map Is Not The Territory that explores the way we perceive reality by abstracting or mapping it, and the role that technology plays in the process. You can check out more about the design process here.
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Artist Yves Helbert was in the process of looking for a place to exhibit his work when he decided to put some of his miniature works into boxes to create his own art spaces in a series of dioramas called “Reconfigurations.”
Having solved his exhibition space problem, Helbert is now free to play around with scale to create any kind of exhibition he wants. In a clever recreation of a Damien Hirst piece, he used a fishing lure in place of a shark preserved in formaldehyde, which makes perfect sense, considering that Hirst is famous for baiting his viewers with his provocative work.
The real fun of Helbert’s work is the way that recognizable images, like trinkets and figurines, become totally believable as art objects when he simply puts them into the context of a “reconfigured” art space, and because we are all currently experiencing his work through the internet, these miniature spaces are just as big as any other art space that we can view in digital images anyway.
Michelangelo famously declared that “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Now Maskull Lasserre’s recent series of carving studies, featuring found sculptures that he has re-carved to reveal their skeletons, suggests that every sculpture has a skeleton inside it that is it is the task of another sculptor to discover.
Lasserre previously used found objects as material for his enigmatic work, but what’s wonderful about this new work is the way that he creates inadvertent collaborations with the sculptors of the work that he modifies. He adds a new narrative layer to their work by physically chiseling away their original layer.
You can see Lasserre’s fantastic sculptural work in a current exhibition at Junior Projects in New York, on view through tomorrow!
If you’ve ever transferred money to your PayPal account, and immediately wanted it back, then maybe you can relate to this physical manifestation of a unique PayPal account management technique demonstrated by Japanese artist nukeme. After 3D printing the PayPal logo as an actual coin bank, nukeme imitates the process of adding money to a PayPal account by dropping a few coins into it. He then treats the sculpture like a traditional piggy bank by smashing it to get his money back in this clever work called “Internet Bank.”
I love how analog or offline versions of things that we regularly use on the internet can really make us question our perception of those online interactions. It seems like a lot of people do squirrel away money to their PayPal accounts for that rainy day eBay purchase, and I’m pretty sure that I will be thinking of my PayPal account as my online piggy bank from now on.
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Some things are built to last, and other things are built to melt into a gelatinous puddle, like this performance by artist duo Lisa Hein & Robert Seng called Bruise. The 3 week performance took the form of a cooking demonstration where Jell-O bricks were cast and stacked to build a wall using actual mortar. The performance took place at Seattle Center, which described the process of the work’s construction as, “A climbing horizon of juicy stained glass soon trails the stages of its own decay.”
Lisa Hein and Robert Seng’s work highlights the value of making as an experience in itself, apart from the expectation of a lasting outcome. Their Jell-O brick wall was never meant to last, but the experience of constructing it endures for them and the for viewers of the project.
If you’ve ever had a lengthy layover in a major airport, then you’ve probably had time to reflect on the myriad narratives of all the people coming and going all around you. In an effort to mirror the overwhelming experience of contemplating all the interconnected goings on of all the individuals in the world, artist Lee Pivnik created “The Kadatrope,” an interactive installation that immerses the viewer in a rotating dome of vintage slides.
The concept behind The Kodatrope was that I wanted to place people in an environment where they are cut off from their own thoughts, and can focus on observing photographs, which are records of other people’s memories. When lit from the outside, the interactive art piece allows you to place your head and shoulders inside, and looks up at more than 500 different photographs – 500 stories you’ve never heard. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this sculpture comes with 500,000. The slides have been collected from different families, and most are from the 1960s and the 70s.
As you can see in the video below, The Kodatrope presents the viewer with an immense scene completely covered with illuminated images of the strangers passing before their eyes.
Despite being a stunning work of art, I just can’t help thinking that this project would make a beautiful DIY lampshade for those with some extra slides lying around!
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Does your car need a new paint job? Have you consider skipping the paint and reaching for the popcorn instead? That’s what a student at The Braunschweig University of Art in Germany seems to have done to a Volkswagen, spotted by artist Jacob Aaron Schroeder on a recent visit.
Despite the fact that the real marvel here isn’t so much that the car is covered in popcorn, but that the car isn’t covered in vermin grabbing a quick snack, it’s amazing how well the popcorn has held up as an effective and intriguing coating.
Considering that the popcorn was apparently adhered to the car by simply using a hot glue gun, I’d love to see how this car looks after about 6 months of wear and tear, or better yet, I’d love to see all that popcorn preserved under a coat of varnish or resin. I’m just convinced that there must be so many more potentially great popcorn covered projects out there just waiting to happen!
Crux, knitted wool mounted on board, 1994
Eleanor Kent, an artist who innovated methods of making art from new technologies, died recently at the age of 83. The San Francisco native started drawing and painting seriously in the 1950s and continued to branch out into other media over the years, such as color xerox, computer graphics, and even EL wire, as these technologies emerged.
From the artist’s website:
Working with Bay Area Figurative masters helped Kent form a solid art foundation, which she used to explore other mediums and forms of expression in the following decades. In the 1970s, she painted on fabric and t-shirts and used color copiers to create prints. Throughout the 1980s, Kent explored developing computer technology and graphic systems as art tools and helped found Ylem, a tech art group. During the ‘90s, Kent started knitting the fractals and other mathematical images she saw on computers, and today crochets body jewelry using electro-luminescent wire, which surrounds the wearer with light. She paints and continues to work for the creative use of technology and a sharing of information as a way of peacefully exploring our existence.
Not only did she make many extraordinary works, she also helped develop the concept of exploring new technologies as a means of artistic expression, which has come to define so much contemporary art production.
Tahoe Water, color xerox, 1981
New Suns, cibachrome print from Apple lle, 1983
Spiral Fractal, knitted wool mounted on board, 1988
Magic Carpet, knitted wool, 1993
Rose Coral, hyperbolic crochet e-l wire, 2007
A public celebration of her life will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 7 at SOMArts in San Francisco.
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In the age of laser cutters and 3D printers, some artists might be better off disguising themselves as machines in the hopes of making a few quick bucks. At least that’s what artist Jayme Kalal did when he built his own Kalal-a-Vision Photobooth, which dispensed distorted photographs to the patrons who ventured into it for $5 a pop.
Although it looks like an ordinary photo booth, Kalal actually hand-printed each photograph from a compartment inside the booth, which makes each of those $5 photographs a pretty good deal!
Kalal’s recent work is currently on display in an exhibition called The Photographer is a Thief at Good Children Gallery in New Orleans.