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Dust to Dust – Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards

Posted in Photography on February 11th, 2011 by Moose – Be the first to comment

Marianne Moore once proposed that beauty was everlasting but dust was only for a time. Australian artists Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards would likely argue that dust’s time can hold everlasting beauty of its own. “Dust” is an ongoing photography project that captures projections of a billowing substance in a number of different settings. The extremely high shutter speed photography captures the changing and fading dust in a state not normally viewed, frozen in motion before crashing to the ground. The results of the project can not adequately be described in words, but must be viewed to be fully appreciated.

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

The use of light and shadow in each shot helps draw a strong sense of depth to each photograph giving a sharp sense of substance to fine particles rarely given a second thought and often dismissed as a nuisance.

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

The ghostly-looking focus of each shot is haunting amid its cold and simple presence. And while each shot contains the same basic principles, each selected work showcases the “dust” in unique and profound form.

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Masters of the beauty in the unusual or just having too much fun beating chalk erasers together? Vote below and give us your opinion.

View Ujin Lee’s website here.
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Jessica Jackson Hutchins – Furniture In Form

Posted in Mixed Media, papier-m̢ch̩, Sculpture on February 9th, 2011 by Moose Р1 Comment

Jessica Jackson Hutchins’ papier-mâché works, such asUntitled (Darth Vader), have in the past often been described as sophomoric and criticized heavily by art critics. But when the Oregon-based artist opened her Stylite Optimism show in 2007, some critics began to take notice. Highly debated are whether her art has evolved into a mature venue of expression, or are merely a random presentation of found objects and plaster. Her recent solo exhibition, Kitchen Table Allegory, was seen at the Derek Keller Gallery in New York this past March.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Kitchen Table Allegory

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Kitchen Table Allegory

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Kitchen Table Allegory (detail)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Kitchen Table Allegory (detail)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Convivium

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Convivium

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Orange Bowl

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Orange Bowl

A number of the works in Hutchins’ new exhibits are repurposed furniture, covered or reupholstered, and placed in scenes with cast hydrocal or ceramic. Often featured is Couple, one of the staple points in Kitchen Table Allegory‘s press release:

Another large sculpture entitled Couple incorporates a worn loveseat which has been covered by two spray-painted papier-mâché mounds; a ceramic vessel is perfectly nestled between the mounds. The work could be described alternatively as: a mountain range dappled by purple light, a woman’s breasts cradling a precious infant, or a couple groping one another on a couch. A similar formal multiplicity can be found in the chair-like Recliner and in True Love Forever. Both works have surfaces collaged with magazine images of scenic countrysides and gem-like flowers and niches which support richly glazed ceramic vessels; they are at once bodies and landscapes and furniture.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Couple

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Couple

Indefinite Break (Tiger Woods)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Indefinite Break (Tiger Woods)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Untitled (Darth Vader)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Untitled (Darth Vader)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Couch For A Long Time

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Couch For A Long Time

Hutchins’ other solo exhibitions for 2010 included Over Come Over at Small A Projects/Laurel Gitlen in New York, Children of the Sunshine at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, and Champions at the Timothy Taylor Gallery in London.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Figure With Red Bowl (from Over Come Over)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Figure With Red Bowl (from Over Come Over)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Children of the Sunshine (Installation view)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Children of the Sunshine (Installation view)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Champions

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Champions

Hutchins is anticipating a new exhibition at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center this year, but do her works stand on artistic form, or merely physical shape? Vote and let us know what you think.

Photos courtesy of ArtNet and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art.