Embroidered Portraits by Melissa Zexter
Melissa Zexter combines hand-stitched embroidery with photography. Using photographs she has taken herself, she sews onto them, irreversibly altering the image by adding a new layer. She uses an ancient form of art, embroidery, refracted through a modern one, photography, to create structured objects that are embodiments of both fragmentation and focused concentration. The sewn patterns and intricate puzzles are colored textured drawings, which serve as webs and grids over the photographs, providing another dimension to the images. The act of sewing onto photographs builds a sense of connection to a particular human experience while creating layers of narrative, texture, and patterned geometry over a flat surface. Her multi-dimensional portraits overflow with a sense of nostalgia and personal resonance.
These amazing images of colourful birds and insects have been given a truly human touch - because the artist has created them out of people.
Cecelia Webber takes photos of nude models and spends up to a year editing them together on her computer to create extraordinary collages. After photographing a series of models in various poses, she digitally cuts, rotates and colours their bodies and limbs to create a finished image.
To get the perfect angle for the illusions, she may reshoot her initial photo over 100 times - otherwise the illusion will be broken. The final creations are made up of different models, each of whom was photographed in a single pose.
Surrealism and Visual Conflicts –Kylli Sparre aka (Sparrek)
Coming out of her professional ballet career, Kylli Sparre realized photography was the outlet to express her creativity and emotions. Displaying her image manipulation skills, Sparre creates works of surreal subtlety that gravitates the viewers into keep looking at the photos. Often using herself as a model in many of her projects, the frames capture unspoken choreographies and movements frozen in time., and tagged , ,
Perseus with the Head of Medusa: Benvenuto Cellini
Benvenuto Cellini, Perseus with the head of Medusa -1554 bronze, 3.20 m sculpture on a square base with bronze relief panels is located in the Loggia dei Lanzi of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy.
The subject matter of the work is the mythological story of Perseus beheading Medusa, a hideous woman-faced Gorgon whose hair was turned to snakes and anyone that looked at her was turned to stone. Perseus stands naked except for a sash and winged sandals, triumphant on top of the body of Medusa with her snakey head in his raised hand. The body of Medusa spews blood from her severed neck. The bronze sculpture and Medusa’s head turns men to stone and is appropriately surrounded by three huge marble statues of men: Hercules, David and later Neptune. Cellini breathed new life into the piazza visitor through his new use of bronze in Perseus and the head of Medusa and the motifs he used to respond to the previous sculpture in the piazza.
There is something intrinsically fascinating about seeing the ordinary created in new, surprising ways. Artist have long used this technique to make their viewer contemplate new connections and possibilities, and the internet has proven to be a particularly useful tool in spreading this type of work. South Korean artist Seon Ghi Bahk is an expert at this method. Using charcoal and other natural materials en masse to form familiar objects. Bahk reminds of us the connection between man-made goods and their source.
”I first used stones as materials for the installations…but the supporting structure and installation became unnecessarily large and overwhelmed the stones so I replaced the stones with charcoal. Since I spent my childhood out in nature, I wanted to embrace natural things in my work. I found that my favorite things in nature were wind, mountains and trees. But it was difficult to express wind or mountains in my work, so I chose trees as an alternative, and charcoal comes derives from that…now I seek natural encounters between man and culture…I emphasize the materiality in its poetic shapes.”
12 Shoes For 12 Lovers re-imagines his ex-lovers as high-heeled shoes.
The pieces reflects on the recollection of the artist’s personal and sexual relationships with former lovers, each of whom became the influence for a series of shoe sculptures.
Each day, Errazuriz released one image of a new heeled design, completed by an accompanying photo of the footwear’s muse and a small, often explicit story about the duo’s escapades together.
’12 shoes for 12 shoes’ will exhibit at the pop-up shop of Brazilian shoe brand Melissa from December 6th, 2013 to January 6th, 2014 for Art Basel Miami Beach 2013.
Nuance: Dancing with Light, Marc-Antoine Locatelli
In this new short from Marc-Antoine Locatelli, dancer Lucas Boirat is seen battling with various geometric forms of light that launch and morph as part of a carefully choreographed dance that marries human motion with motion graphics. It reminded me a bit of Proeigon. Source vimeo
Fragmented Sculptures Convey Powerful Strength
This striking collection of contemporary sculptures is filled with a powerful strength conveyed through dramatic gestures and unique forms. Entitled Edge Sculpture, the collection was designed and sculpted by Matt Buckley, the Creative Director of Robert Harrop Designs. The series includes a variety of animals, humans, and mythical creatures ranging from a Cobra to a penguin, a dragon, a unicorn.