Yuken Teruya : Notice-Forest (2013)
(from the Pippy Houldsworth Gallery exhibition 06 September - 05 October 2013)
Transforming the detritus of consumerism into beautifully crafted works of art, Teruya uses unfamiliar materials in a way that elevates details typically overlooked in quotidian life.
For this exhibition, Teruya will continue his Notice Forest series by fabricating a new line of shopping bags, including Chanel, Godiva, Graff, Maison du Chocolat, Cartier and Tiffany. Teruya’s work provides a subtle commentary on the hegemonic power of consumer culture and its resultant impact on the global environment. However, the works are fundamentally an exploration of beauty. Mounted at a ninety-degree angle to the wall, each bag harbours a miniature, paper tree modelled from species planted on 5th Avenue in New York.
Discussing how Teruya’s bags are made, Megan Ratner explains that he ‘begins with photographs of trees, which he transfers to his computer, superimposing this image on the logo-ed side of a shopping bag. Using the original shape as a guide, he deftly cuts a two-part silhouette – lower branches/trunk and leafy top – folding and twisting the two halves into the interior of the bag, rooting the trunk with a single drop of glue.’
press release and images: Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
Caroline Cheng's 'Prosperity' series: Robes made of thousands of hand-made ceramic butterflies
In her latest work, renowned Jingdezhen and Shanghai based artist Caroline Cheng, builds on the porcelain traditions of the past. Her Prosperity series features robes made of thousands of tiny handmade porcelain butterflies sewn onto burlap – a play on the Chinese word for clothing,fu, which echoes the word for prosperity. Cheng’s reinvention of the tradition of tea drinking features in her wood-fired stoneware pieces, each with a porcelain slip to capture more of the tea flavour.
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Glass artist Andy Paiko's functional Seismograph
This is a functional glass seismograph for measuring earthquakes. It stands about 40” tall, and is about 48” wide installed. It measures vibrations along the x and y axes (side to side), as well as the z axis (up and down), on three helicorders. Ideally, it should be bolted into bedrock for accuracy…
From spinning wheels, to balances and syringes, Andy Paiko takes a scientific approach to making hand-blown glass sculptures that are not only beautiful, but also functional.
For more info on his work and the creative process, watch this video
Motivated by artwork using food, American photographer/illustrator Sarah Rosado began her ongoing project Dirty Little Secrets. Using dirt collected from local parks, Rosado creates 3D illustrations which are then photographed against a white background.
* thanks to Sarah Rosado for contributing to this blog
Hand made wood and grass mini planter jewelry by Mr. Lentz
“I create and design functional items and jewelry – mostly out of reclaimed wood and upcycled materials from salvage yards. I have always been a creator – influenced largely by not wanting to fall into the black hole of uncreativity that is the majority of the working world in this country. My aim has always been to find beauty and share it with others. I enjoy evenings in the deserts of the Southwest where I sit in my workshop, chopping wood and photographing while blasting 90′s electronic dance music… followed by a good country song or two.”
Amazing ceramic teapots that look like tree branches by Eric Serritella
The purity of nature and the Asian art aesthetic have always inspired me and I find clay the ideal medium for reflecting both.
Through my ceramic trompe l’oeil sculptures I challenge the viewer with both the nature of the material and the messages within. Whether wheel-thrown or hand-built, these forms are completely hand carved and transformed to mimic weathered logs and birch trees-the angels of the forest.
I strive to show how nature maintains its splendors through tenacity and triumph of existence despite the disregard we humans show her. I appreciate how ceramic mirrors the environment’s fragility and durability-easily damaged if disrespected and yet invincible in its inherent beauty.
Each piece I create is a relationship-the story of shared discovery. The clay and I make the journey together through the tension of disagreement and the harmony of accord. The final form-the result of our conversation-has a life all its own.
I strive for the life in each creation to foster awareness and influence viewer behavior toward the environment. My hope is that at least some will acquire a new appreciation and way of seeing and thus choose to walk with softer steps.
handcut paper sculptures by Rogan Brown