Posts Tagged ‘Sculpture’

Shain Erin – Delicate Dolls

Posted in Mixed Media, Sculpture on September 2nd, 2011 by Moose – 1 Comment

Lots of people love dolls. Children and adults alike are transfixed by the bundles of ceramic and fabric that have brought joy and comfort to so many. It’s easy to see that these objects can often be more than just an item of affection, but also an extension of the owner’s personality and self-view. Commercial dolls, however, can sometimes be too aesthetically pleasing. No one is without at least a blemish or scar of some sort. And not everyone fits into the classical view of beautiful, pretty, or even normal.

Conjoined Triplets

Conjoined Triplets

Shain Erin has created a unique collection of non-traditoinal art/fashion doll sculptures that many describe as creepy or disturbing. His mixed media creations explore the ability of the doll to emulate living entities more so than a painting or drawing, and still remain an object fashioned out of inanimate parts.

Fallen

Fallen

Study for a Portrait of a Human Soul (Female Figure)

Study for a Portrait of a Human Soul (Female Figure)

Shain refers to his pieces as “morbid fine art” and “monsters” that often resemble a collection of medical oddities, though only Babette (following) seems to be loosely based on a real medical condition, hypertrichosis, famously belonging to Kung Fu grandmaster Su Kong T’ai Djin and sideshow performer Stephan Bibrowski.

Babette, the Beastly Beauty

Babette, the Beastly Beauty

Not all of the dolls resemble living creatures, though Shain will argue the dolls are likely more a representation of the soul more than a body. Edgar Allan Poe’s last poem, “Annabel Lee” is the inspiration behind Shain’s doll of the same name. The distinguishable bright eyes of the poem’s fallen maiden are haunting on the doll’s visage, and her gaunt appearance and pale skin beg the viewer to wonder if the form is a spectre or a corpse found in the sepulchre.

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Many of Shain’s sculptures, dolls, and poppets now belong in private collections as the artist, through the use of several online outlets, has made his art easily accessible to those who appreciate it.

Sentinel

Sentinel

Creepy or captivating? Tell us what you think below.

Photos courtesy of the artist’s website.
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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.

Street Fare – Mark Jenkins

Posted in Installations on March 2nd, 2010 by Moose – Be the first to comment

Street installations are interesting creatures. So is Mark Jenkins whose artwork has graced galleries, schools, parks, and waterfronts from Amsterdam to Seoul to Washington, DC. Mark has created a number of street installations which make pedestrians and motorists do double-takes, and sometimes cause them to stop dead in their tracks.

Winston-Salem, NC - Mark Jenkins

Jenkins successfully takes the ordinary, the mundane, and the overlooked, and thrusts it into public view where people are forced to take notice. A number of Jenkin’s figures are cast from box sealing tape and the more recent of these figures (often casts of his or another person’s body) are clothed to give the appearance of realism to the figure on the street, as opposed to the initial clear figures for which he was first most famous for.

Bordeaux, France - Mark Jenkins

Jenkins’ Storker project “drops” figures of babies cast in his tape style into urban environments, in which at least 100 figures have been installed globally.

Washington, DC - Mark Jenkins

Who should handle the packaging tape? Jenkins, or UPS? Vote below.

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