Helen Pynor: Liquid Ground
Conceived from her research into the numerous recorded cases of accidental drowning in london’s thames river,
Australian artist Helen Pynor has created ‘Liquid Ground’, a series of large-scale photographs which capture
various water-buoyed garments expelling human organs from within its floating form. simultaneously haunting and surreal,
the unexpected injection of internal organs into an otherwise dreamy underwater scene results in a collection of images
that is arresting in both a visual and visceral manner.
Pynor explores new ways in which we can relate to our body’s makeup by rejecting the celebration of gore and horror but drawing from both personal and cultural stories. utilizing phantom forms, the notion of the human body is approached in a highly sensitive and emotional manner despite the morbidity of the subject matter.
via Design Boom
Helen Pynor gained a BSc (Hons) in Biology at Macquarie University majoring in cellular and molecular biology, a BVA at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney majoring in photography, sculpture and installation, and a PhD at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. In her doctoral thesis, she sought the reconciliation of materialist understandings of the human body with understandings of the body as a culturally-constructed entity, a theme she continues to explore.
Pynor draws extensively from the writings of scientists as well as philosophers of biology, in addition to working with scientists in both collaborative and consultative roles. Her practice is integrally tied to a questioning of the philosophical and material status of human and non-human organisms. (via)
Drawings by Olivia Knapp
Olivia Knapp’s intricate hand drawn pen and ink style is influenced by European line engravings of decorative relief and scientific specimens from the 16th to 18th centuries. Her tight cross hatching technique involves long slow and steady curved lines that articulate the surface contours of her subjects; creating supple and tangible imagery. These un-swelled lines incorporate a “line to dot” rendering method as well as an, extremely rare “dot and lozenge” rendering method. “Dot and lozenge” is a practice that was used by 16th century masters, in which a dot is placed in the center of a diamond shape made by a cross hatching pattern, helping to refine the transition between values.
Most of Olivia’s content explores the relationship between desire, reason, and circumstance. Her current body of work uses the head and heart as contrasting characters in an on going story.
Brooklyn artist Stephen Shaheen sets out to carve the largest collection of bone sculptures out of marble
My name is Stephen Shaheen, and I’m an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. I’m working on a really exciting sculpture installation that I hope you join me in creating.
I’m carving bones out of marble. A lot of bones.
My ultimate goal is to make a huge sculptural installation by the end of 2015. How big? The size of this artwork will be scaled by YOU!
That is, for every person who donates, the installation is going to grow. Whether you want me to make a hundred or a thousand, I’m going to sculpt one marble bone for every $100 received.
There is no limit.Why Bones? Why Kickstarter?
Bones are fascinating as abstract, sculptural forms. Yet they also contain the same calcium that forms the geologic “bones” of the earth. Marble is literally the crystalized skeletons of ancient sea life. Even its veining reminds me of our own physiology. I want to offer a poetic interpretation of these complex relationships in an immense assemblage of marble bones.
I am a believer in the limitless and unforeseeable potential of collaborative art…crowd-sourced projects take on a life of their own, continually evolving through the transformative power of the collective. Between 2002 and 2011, hundreds of helpers joined me to create a 100-ton marble and granite 9/11 memorial in Highlands, New Jersey, which was completely crowd-sourced—both in donations of materials and cash, as well as the contribution of multiple hands in the actual sculpting process.
find out more about this project by visiting his Kickstarter page HERE
Dim: cm 100x100
Tecnique: pencil, oil, enamel, resins, bitumen on canvas