by Maria Popova
Bryan Nash Gill’s visual record of the passage of time.
Trees have a way of witnessing the world that stirs our deepest sense of permanence and impermanence. Somewhere between Cedric Pollet’s Bark and Romeyn Houghs’s cross-section plates comes Bryan Nash Gill’sWoodcut (public library) — a magnificent collection of the artist’s large-scale relief prints from the cross-sections of fallen and damaged trees.
Gills’ ink prints — sometimes stark, sometimes nuanced, always exquisitely beautiful — provide another, at once more abstract and more organic, way tovisualize time, his labor-intensive printmaking process mirroring the patience imprinted on the trees’ arboreal rings. Looking at the cross-sections from above, inverting one’s usual orientation relative to a tree, kindles a kind of transcendental awe at these radial life records. Continue reading…
These pencil sculptures are so incredible and life-like! I half expect the sea urchin-inspired forms to stretch out and crawl away. Jennifer Maestre takes your average pencil and creates such a strong personal conflict—to touch or not to touch! The viewer is drawn in by the intricate detail and surprising choice of material, but at the same time, there is a desire to retreat from the sharp points. Maestre said, “There is true fragility to the sometimes brutal aspect of the sculptures, vulnerability that is belied by the fearsome texture.”
To form these incredible pieces, Maestre actually cuts sharpened pencils into 1-inch sections, drills holes in them, and threads them together like beads into the organized forms. When talking about the inspiration for her work, Maestre said that she is absolutely in love with the industrial qualities of manufactured objects in contrast with the organic, flexible forms of the sculptures that are, “Reminiscent of the organic shapes of animals and nature.”
I thought these were interesting sculptures…coral-like -with a woody texture, and then was impressed when I found that they were made of paper! (Now we know what to try when we’re bored at home and have a bunch of junk mail lying around…)
I’m genuinely enjoying these assorted organic paper sculptures by Swiss artist Valérie Buess who lives and works in Germany. For the better part of 20 years she’s been working with various forms of paper in both two and three dimensional artworks. See much more on her website. (thnx, meret!)
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