Metal sculptures by Rado Kirov, 2014
“As an artist, I believe that one’s creative pursuits are a mirror for one’s understanding and perception of life; it is my unwaveringly optimistic, positive outlook on life that I endeavor to express through my art. My mirror-polished stainless steel artworks reflect, whimsically and playfully, everything in their surroundings transforming even the ugliest surroundings into a beautiful vision. The message that I am trying to put across through my art is directed to those to whom it speaks, almost intuitively. It can be encompassed in a single word – the most important one on earth – Life.”
Ice Music is exactly what the name suggests-music made with ice.
About the ICEstruments:
The Ice Music project in Luleå is initiated by the founder Tim Linhart, working as an ice artist since 30 years, who builds all the ICEstruments himself at home in his garden. Building the ICEstruments is a delicate craftsmanship that requires great patience and also the right cold temperature, so that the ice will have the right elasticity and be possible to sculpt without breaking.
The ICEstruments are very fragile and need to be handled carefully by the musicians tuning and playing on them. For example the ICEviolin usually hung in ropes from the ceiling for a safety reason and it’s thickness, down to only 3 mm in some parts, needs a special plastic protection shield to prevent the musicians warm breath from making a hole in the body of the ICEstrument.
See them perform in this video:
Jonathan Sparrow : pHantasy
With a monotone palette the work strips painting back to basics and puts an acute focus on the intricacies of the medium. Solid, conﬁdent brushwork creates an inviting depth that tempts the viewer through a window to another world, a world riddled with a surreal mix of truth and the absurd. Unnatural collisions of the beautiful and the awe-inspiring create pHantasy landscapes onto which humorous narratives are loosely thread.
Collaged reflective material adds an intriguing second dimension. Its precious appearance naturally sows seeds of desire in the mind. It also offers subtle, disjointed reflections of the viewer themselves, thus involving them both physically and mentally.
The result are paintings of nonsensical realities that through techniques of collage, reﬂection and suggestion become very real. The paintings are awoken when viewed and proceed to lure and urge the viewer to take that step out of their world and into the next.