If I told you about a Korean sculptor, who lists his inspirations as traditional Asian art, human body and metro stations, what would you think of? Probably not of what it really is - great constructs made of bicycle chain.
Samuel Coendet and Lea Gerber of Zurich-based Atelier Volvox collected old plush toys in order to cut them, turn their insides out and sew again. Sounds like a bunch of psychopathic BDSM fetishists? Well, not exactly. As it turns out, those alternative toys have their charm... and they're a little weird. I love weird.
I have recently wrote about early photorealism paintings by Audrey Flack. These were paintings from seventies. Now take a look on a guy who sold his first painting at 11. Sit tight. I got swept off the chair.
Some time ago I wrote about photorealism and how hard it is to master oil painting. Now, let's take a look at Alexandra Pacula's paintings. Oil. And based on photos. But not hiperrealistic photography but blurred, long-exposured light festivals. You can feel it. And stare in awe.
Takanori Aiba studied traditional textiles, worked as an illustrator and an architect. Combine those traits with a traditional Japanese ting, that is a miniature bonsai tree, and voila. Stunning. I start to believe that great effect is 50% good idea and 50% time-consuing work. At least in cases I display.
I know that most of the time I write one/two sentences about the artist I feature. But this time, I'll simply say it's one of the founding fathers (mothers?) of photorealism. What is the most incredible for me is that's done in oil. For those of you unfamiliar with painting, it is pretty much impossible to master.