Ingrid Siliakus first discovered paper architecture by seeing work of the originator of this art form Prof. Masahiro Chatani. Paper Architecture is the art of creating an object out of a single piece of paper. Before the final design is finished, something like 20 to 30 (sometimes even more) prototypes are made by Ingrid. To design a pattern from scratch, the artist needs the skills of an architect to create a two-dimensional design, which, with the patience and precision of a surgeon, becomes an ingenious three-dimensional wonder of paper.
See more of Ingrid's work here.
Artist Taizo Yamamoto is fascinated by shopping carts and their sculptural variation, they’re perpetual works in progress, and his drawings are meant to freeze them as “still lifes”. You begin to see glimpses of how their owner’s live; elements of weather protection (tarps, umbrellas, bubble wrap, sleeping bags), bottle/can currency, and even personalized objects like stuffed animals. No longer a subject that immediately conjures up images of dirt, the drawings are anything but, these are beautiful, articulate drawings built up over the period of five years.
See more of Taizo's work here.
Tauba Auerbach's artworks reconfigure letters to create word puzzles that lead the viewer to logical but unexpected conclusions. Auerbach often bases her work on these sorts of solvable codes or systems. In one of her works, a series of reconfigured typewriters, she alters the keys so that their letters and symbols no longer correspond to what appears on the paper. The typewriters are painted with clues to the logic of their new operating systems; once each code is cracked, the machine becomes functional again.
Find out more about Tauba's work here.
Contemporary artist Titus Kaphar makes oil-on-canvas copies of European and American portrait paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries and reconfigures them in strategic ways to create a dialogue about race, art and representation. His work is at once beautiful and halting as he dances between fictional narrative and history.
Over the past years Swiss artis Bernard Voïta has worked almost exclusively in the medium of photography, although the way he does so is often compared to sculpture. Out of simple found objects, Voïta constructs three-dimensional models in his atelier, which he, in a second step, records with his camera. His works do not picture an out-there reality, but an arranged-by-the-artist, complex sculptural design that finds culmination in its photographic depiction.
You can see more of his work here.
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Sculptor Sandra Mackintosh creates amazing sculptural installations and assemblages using collections of 18th through 20th Century Americana, folk, primitive, industrial and decorative pieces.
The collections are available for purchase through Mackintosh's shop.
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Don Hamerman began collecting these baseballs in the winter of 2004-2005. Discovered in the park near his house where he walks his dog daily, they went unnoticed by others. Abject, rejected and forlorn, their state depended on the season of their discovery. Some hid in the high grass, gutted by lawnmowers, or under leaves, rotting, the leather skins long since decomposed. Covered in ice crystals on a February morning or shrouded in summer moss, they all hinted at mysterious pasts. Although he knew that one day he would photograph the burgeoning collection, most sat along a shelf in his studio for nearly a year before the exploration started. At last, he decided to photograph them above a flat field and with deep depth of focus, revealing, as much as he could, their distinct resumes.
See more of Don's work here.
Rune Guneriussen is an artist working in the transition between installation and photography. As a conceptual artist he works site specific primarily in nature, but also with more manmade structures. The isolation of objects are turned into installations, most of these are not seen by audience, but only photographed.
Find out more about Rune's work here.
The International System Of TYpographic Picture Education (Isotype) was developed by the Viennese social scientist and philosopher Otto Neurath (1882-1945) as a method for visual statistics. Gerd Arntz was the designer tasked with making Isotype’s pictograms and visual signs. Eventually, Arntz designed around 4000 such signs, which symbolized keydata from industry, demographics, politics and economy. Neurath and Arntz made extensive collections of visual statistics in this manner, and their system became a world-wide emulated example of what we now term: infographics.
For more info vist the Gerd Arntz Web Archive here.
The folks at Field Notes have been busy” scanning, cropping and readying selected memo books for their “Vintage Memo Book Gallery” that is on the way. At last count, they were up around 200 examples. Really. That’s a lot. They’re adding new ones to the master archives each Monday morning, once the weekend’s junkin’ routes have been pillaged, sorted and archived.
See more vintage memo books here.
Noah Scalin designed a set of four awards for the Better Housing Coalition (BHC), which builds affordable housing in Richmond. They are entirely made from reclaimed materials and finished with water-based stains and coatings. Each of the four trophies effectively conveyes the spirit of the award. The Creative Collaborator award, for instance, brings to mind a light bulb, signifying creativity. The Changer of Lives award depicts a hand holding a barbell, raising it in a metaphorical expression of improving health and life.
Find out more about the project here.