Thursday, April 25, 2013

Luka Fineisen - Mixed Media Sculptor

Luka Fineisen
Mixed Media Sculptor

         Luka Fineisen is a German artist who works with many different kinds of media to create amazing sculptures that capture the "moments of becoming" as her work is described.  Her creations explore the transitions of matter between states; solid, liquid and gas.  These tipping points between states are what intrigue and inspire Fineisen to make these sculpture-like installations.  She fabricates these works of art from foam, plastic, molten metal, liquids and countless other kinds of materials.
Fineisen is unafraid of creating something delightful, but fascinated by the moment when that allure becomes unnerving. When sensuality becomes dangerous. When attraction turns to repulsion. Fineisen shows us the exact moment when she loses control over her creation and the coinciding love and fear of that instant.    -Bio by Hosfelt Gallery
        Luka Fineisen's website is more of a work summary and resume than a portfolio site.   I would advise checking it out as well as Fine Line Magazine where I found some of the images for this post.  Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco CA, has a great little blurb about Luka Fineisen and her work.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ted Lott - Wood Sculptor, Artist & Designer

Ted Lott
Wood Sculptor, artist and designer

        Ted Lott is a wood sculptor, but his craft is more than just your average wood shop creations.  Ted 's work encompasses sculpture, architecture, furniture and design all in every piece.  Ted makes little dwellings out of small pieces of wood that have been meticulously fitted and shaped, sometimes to stand on their own, other times fitted in preexisting furniture like chairs and end tables.  From the images, you can really see the intricacy and detail to making each piece fit together perfectly.
        Ted Lott got his B.F.A at Maine College of Art in woodworking and furniture design.  He later went on to get his M.F.A at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  As well as being a world traveler, his work has been featured in museums, exhibitions and galleries around the states.  He has a great little website with more information and pictures, but before you head over there, here are a few of my favorites.

This is a wood sculpture made from circular wooden rings grouped together to form a Cloud, for which it's named. 

This is a time lapse of the building process for one of Ted Lott's miniature wooden mansions.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Eiko Ojala - Graphic Desinger & Illustrator

Eiko Ojala
Graphic Designer & Illustrator

        Eiko Ojala is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director.  Even though the work I have shown here, he refers to as illustration, I feel like its more like paper engineering.  Eiko uses different kinds of papers and through a technique of layering them he creates real life images.  Since each layer is not always perfectly flat, it creates shadows and depth, bringing the 2D pieces to life.  The X-Acto blade must be Eiko's best friend.
        Eiko has a great portfolio site, his bio is short, but his work speaks for itself.  Be sure to check it out, but in the mean time, here are some of my favorites.



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Yuki Matsueda - 3D Design

Yuki Matsueda
3D Design

        Yuki Matsueda is a Japanese artist who graduated with a Ph.D. in Design from the Tokyo University of the Arts.  Most of Yuki's work seems to take movement as inspiration.  He creates 3D pieces with common household items and everyday objects we may take for granted, and then these items are encapsulated in what looks like stretched glass.  I love how the projecting item stretches the clear substance, frozen in time as if it is trying to escape.  Yuki's website has many more examples of his work, but I have listed my favorites below.  Enjoy.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Jonty Hurwitz - Interactive 3D Art

Jonty Hurwitz
3D Artist

        Interactive art is always fascinating to me.  I think that Jonty's work is amazing, I can't even  imagine how he was able to conceptually visualize some of his pieces much less create them.  Jonty takes distorted shapes that otherwise look like stretched metal and transforms them into normal objects through reflection on a stainless cylinder.  It's the contrast between and transformation from the abstract to the everyday that's so interesting to me.  Every piece is a sculpture in itself.
        Be sure to check out Jonty's website, it's more than just a portfolio and he has a lot of different kinds of work.  There is plenty of information and content, so be sure to check it out.  Here are some of my favorite pieces of his.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

James Turrell - Installation Artist

James Turrell
Installation Artist


          Light is such an interesting element when it comes to art and deign.  Things look differently in different lighting, colors change, contrast becomes more or less apparent and shapes can seem to merge together or pull apart.  Most artists have to think about how their work is going to be displayed, and lighting can be just as important as the sequence or positioning.
         James Turrell designs light.  He creates these installations to conjure up feelings and project them   without actually saying anything, allowing the viewer to take it in with their own interpretations. Turrell creates his work to "impact the eye, body, and mind to heighten awareness."  When speaking of his work, Turrell said "I want to create an atmosphere that can be consciously plumed with seeing, like the wordless thought that comes from looking in a fire."

         From these photographs, James Turrell's work looks amazing.  But I bet these exhibits are even more stunning in person.  It feels like these bright, saturated colors are shining energy outwards.  The contrast between the sharp, defined and smooth, feathered outlines of the lights create tricks of the eye.  It feels like our sense of depth and space gets warped and changes between each piece.  I also can't argue with the clean lines and simple geometry that Turrell uses in one way or another in every piece.

        I would direct you to James Turrell's website, but from my research it does not look like he has a dedicated portfolio site.  There is a brief biography and slide show of some of his work on a site dedicated to a specific project called Roden Crater.  Check it out for more information.  In the mean time, here are a few more of my favorites.