Τρίτη, 23 Ιουνίου 2009

Ode to Origami

Yuko Nishimura

"Only by folding one piece of paper an expressive masterpiece can be created. This is the Japanese way of folding.In order to link the past with future generations regarding the form of folding, I do not limit myself to the category of origami but consider the pursuit of any possibility of folding paper."

via YukoNishimura.com

Yasuhiro Yamashita

"I think everything is border-less, so don’t be limited, try to have a
wide view and the most important thing is to contribute to society
and not to just satisfy yourself."

via designboom

Simon Schubert

"Most of the people who see the work are surprised that the pictures are created by folding paper, they don't believe it when I tell them."

via telegraph.co.uk

Κυριακή, 14 Ιουνίου 2009

Lucas Samaras - 53rd Venice Biennale

s Samaras is representing Greece at the 53rd Venice Biennale. He will present the multi-installation “PARAXENA” in the Greek Pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale. “PARAXENA” (meaning strange in Greek) brings together three recent series of photographic and video works produced between 2005 and 2009, juxtaposed with a discrete group of sculptural works from the mid 1960s. ‘PARAXENA’ sets up a conversation across four decades of Lucas Samaras’ practice, establishing a historical context for the recent departures in his work.

Upon entering
the pavilion the viewer will be confronted by an image of themselves, reflected in the mirrored sculpture ‘Doorway’ (1966-2007): a scenario that initiates a narrative that runs throughout ‘PARAXENA’, where the act of being observed and the activity of observing are central concerns.

Lucas Samaras (b. 1936, Kastoria, Macedonia, Greece) is widely known for creating a diverse body of work including sculpture, drawings, paintings, film and environments, many of which explore his own image as subject matter. He has innovatively combined materials such as beads, chicken wire, clay, Cor-ten steel, fabric, pastel, pencil, pins, plaster, and oil, and developed and/or experimented with new techniques and mediums, such as the Polaroid, which have had profound impact on younger artists.

All images and information via www.paraxenavenice.gr

Σάββατο, 13 Ιουνίου 2009

tothemetal - new designs

I just finished these new pieces and updated my etsy shop.

Wild plant and howlite beads necklace.

950 silver, sterling silver, howlite round beads.
I'm so happy with this piece, the wild plant pattern is one of my favorite designs!
Wild plant earrings sold out at my etsy shop. Time to make some more!

Lotus earrings

950 silver, sterling silver, oxidized
These earrings were inspired by a close up look at the lotus leaf. It's amazing how many patterns you can find!

Κυριακή, 7 Ιουνίου 2009

Paul Villinski - Artwork

Beer can butterflies - artist statement

" Who leaves these crushed beer cans – forlorn evidence scattered in the streets of the city? I take these “dead soldiers” – every one of them once raised to someone’s lips – and breathe new life into them, changing them into images that suggest the possibility of change itself. A kind of conceptual unity develops between mat
erials, process and imagery: my practice in the studio mimics the act of transformation that butterflies symbolize everywhere, in all cultures."

" The beer can butterflies are like snowflakes, no two exactly alike. Many are imprinted with the textures of the streets of New York, embossed by the printing press of passing traffic. While each element is unique, individual, they are rarely alone. They rest or fly en masse, flowing in the same direction or diverging, each on its own path – a dream of harmony and community." (via Paul Villinski.com)

Shadow drawings - artist statement

" "Simple magic:” a kind of very modest alchemy. Start with humble, cast off materials, in this case a few dozen flattened, littered beer cans from the streets, wire from Canal Street Surplus, tiny bulbs from Radio Shack. Get out the scissors, files, and soldering iron. You're thinking: “the whole greater than the sum of the parts.... Make the things you are making nearly dissappear; all you want is their shadows. Not vine charcoal, not gouache, shadow.” Open a window and a little surprise arrives: a breeze brings a shadow to life; now search for the center of gravity and build-in the possibility of motion...add a small fan and the walls turn animate: at the month’s end a gently fluttering shadow garden of nocturnal flora and fauna." (via Paul Villinski.com)

All images via Paul Villinski.com

Inspiration - Lucien Hervé

Lucien Hervé was a French-Hungarian photographer well known for his black and white photos of architecture. His collaboration with the infamous Le Corbusier had such an effect on the latter, that resulted in the re-drawing of some of his original plans. Hervé had shown Le Corbusier a completely different view through his photographs. He wrote to Hervé pronouncing him to have "the soul of an architect".

vé also collaborated with numerous architects and took photos of modern architecture buildings as well as archeological monuments.
His last work consists of photographs of his apartment in Paris.

More work by Lucien Hervé here.

(Information and images via Wikipedia, Michael Hoppen Gallery, Lucien Hervé
, Museo Kendamy)

Τρίτη, 2 Ιουνίου 2009

Etherial images - Alinka Echeverria

The moment I saw this shot I was captivated.

It's an image from Alinka Echeverria's photography and film, titled "The lightness of being". Alinka Echeverria shoots underwater images taken from a different angle. Take a few minutes and watch "The lightness of being" video found at Alinka Echeverria's site. You won't regret it! Many thanks to Anthony Tammaro for tweeting this (via NOTCOT.)

Melanie Favreau - Under Consideration Collection

I was so enchanted by Melanie Favreau's new collection that I just had to make a post about it!

Her new Under Consideration collection is an exploration on asymmetrical shapes. Each piece is one a kind and I couldn't agree more! Melanie Favreau is a Canadian jewelry designer based in Quebec, Montreal. Her jewelry have an upbeat and fresh attitude, simple and minimal lines with a touch of humor.

See more of Melanie's work at:
Melanie's etsy shop
Melanie's flickr photostream