Kevin Cosgrove

 photo workshop-with-safety-poster_zps5782e654.jpg  photo workshop-with-car-door_zpsaa7ff7d5.jpg  photo workshop-with-shirt_zpsb5d9d447.jpg Kevin Cosgrove <-- Born Ireland, 1984; Lives and works in Dublin; Education: 2007 BA (Hons) in Fine Art (First Class Hons) National College of Art and Design, Dublin; 2006 BA in Fine Art, (First Class Hons) Dun Laoghaire Institute Of Art Design and Technology, Dublin  photo taxi-on-lift_zpsc4a08884.jpg  photo fire-brigade-workshop_zps53acfe98.jpg  photo workshop-with-alloys_zps077f8049.jpg

Jiri Bures

 photo plate2sm_zps3fd41f01.jpg  photo pl44sm_zps58a15718.jpg Check out these charming hand blown crystal glasses by Jiri Bures.  photo plate1sm_zps19bd55d9.jpg  photo platesm3_zpsd9b43f68.jpg

Adam de Boer

 photo 1400x720-sH72qkGg8ykhNCZH_zps611c614b.jpg  photo 1400x720-Cp02wCun63SCXmXr_zps4a2d2456.jpg  photo 1400x720-Bc3htuRg3MEw9j3G_zpsb04c81c1.jpg " My current work addresses a hybrid cultural identity that I recognize in myself and throughout my generation. I was born in California into a Dutch-Indonesian-American, middle-class household. The loose self-definition in my family made it possible to have flexible belief systems and customs. Many of my generation whose families are cultural hybrids find their way to an ever-changing cultural identity. We live not just by the traditions from which we come but the unique paths we traverse. We are less aggressive about our place in the multicultural dialog than previous generations, having never experienced just one identity nor the pressures of accompanying stereotypes. Our hybrid identities are still born from dislocation, but the strife has been either left behind or ignored." - Adam de Boer  photo 1400x720-AKdJWddbnXbmsHtf_zps2d1bd8a6.jpg  photo 1400x720-C4aJQX_q8vHjecVH_zps98e66c33.jpg

Berlinde De Bruyckere

 photo de-br46092-view2-4FJhfQ_zpsf23196e6.jpg  photo de-br51687_view1-MqJ3T6_zps0f8d1c6f.jpg  photo bart-michiels-142-TO2fQI_zps5a84133d.jpg 'Flemish artist Berlinde De Bruyckere is one of those contemporary female sculptors who explores inner and outer spaces in connection with this witness, and in so doing plumbs the finality of the body as a perceptible counterpart. The creatures a combination of unusual elements that are found in a state of metamorphosis are hermaphrodite forms that evoke complex emotions and reflect images of a both humanistic and at the same time art-historical investigation of suffering.' (via Kunsthaus Graz)  photo de_br44702_view2tn-4wzQqh_zps38bbcfe6.jpg  photo a_1231913-21569-25419-Mr8D1Y_zps00b5b242.jpg

Marion Borgelt

 photo persian-strobe-no-81_zps396868c3.jpg  photo Persian5_zpse5e2ba3e.jpg Marion Borgelt is a leading Australian artist with a prodigious career spanning some 30 years. Her work draws inspiration from subjects such as semiotics, language, optics and phenomenology to create atavistic fantasies and mysteries that take form in paintings, sculptures and installations. Her work suggests connections between man-made culture and nature, continually navigating this intermediate space. It speaks to the links between the constructed and the organic world, between microcosm and macrocosm and the ever-present duality of light and dark. A lexicon of symbols and motifs, at once universal and personal, distinguishes the imagery of Borgelt’s work. Drawing on experience with a wide range of materials, including bees-wax, canvas, felt, pigment, stainless steel, wood, stone and organic matter, she hones her ideas to the demands of a given site, mediating the creative intervention with originality and sensitivity.  photo Persian_Strobe-No3_largeweb-_zps9dee2d69.jpg  photo MG_5576-465x346_zps039044d6.jpg

The Books Shelf

 photo SetWidth562-booksfullfrontlow905px_zps1d713b42.jpg  photo SetWidth562-booksangledCU905px_zps45aad858.jpg The Books Shelf is a typographic bookshelf designed to hold just those books you go back to over and over. With counters of various sizes for novels, magazines and art books, it is the perfect bookshelf for typographic obsessives. Now you can spend your Sunday afternoons endlessly kerning your furniture.  photo SetWidth562-booksemptyleftiso905px_zps6a6755ff.jpg

Stefan Behlau

 photo 57_zps0670baf1.jpg  photo 58_zps4d55c596.jpg  photo 59_zps89782ae8.jpg Stefan Behlau <-- Born 1979, Zurich, Switzerland; Education: B.F.A. 2006, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Lives in Santa Barbara, California.  photo 60_zps0942298a.jpg  photo 63_zps66723023.jpg  photo 64_zps6a5e8c89.jpg

Bertozzi & Casoni

 photo 2BERTOZZI_CASONI_zps8d59130a.jpg  photo 3BERTOZZI_CASONI_zpsfb21fbaf.jpg  photo 1BERTOZZI_CASONI_zps0e37e24d.jpg  photo 13BERTOZZI_CASONI_zpsc2c56750.jpg  photo 12BERTOZZI_CASONI_zps4b39c47e.jpg Bertozzi & Casoni's work consists of ceramics hand-made in a realistic and richly detailed style. The two artists met while studying at the Faenza ceramic school. Giampaolo Bertozzi (Borgo Tossignano, Bologna, 1957) and Stefano Casoni (Lugo di Romagna, Ravenna, 1961) soon decided to work together and this collaboration became concrete in 1980 when they formed a society with the collective name of Bertozzi & Casoni s.n.c.: this logo was to become a symbol of their particular style. The sculptures of the two artists are both ironic and obscure, and consist of untidy trays, broken eggs, half-full overturned coffee cups, cigarette butts and old dirty newspapers; they give rise to images that provoke an alienating effect where the objects, whether common or rare, and having little to do with each other, seem to testify to modern man’s inevitable collision with consumption. They work with the most varied materials, using the industrial methods of ceramic-making, and uniting tradition and experimentation in a continuous and “contradictory” attempt to push beyond boundaries, freeing themselves from conformism and the cultural stereotypes of ceramics and so-called applied arts by an ever more sophisticated and deeper knowledge of a language that also includes techniques and materials. The works are modelled and coloured using traditional processes to be found in the Renaissance of Della Robbia and later recuperated by the Arts and Crafts movement and by Art Nouveau; to these they have added such other techniques developed by industry, graphics, and Pop Art as decals and photo-ceramics which are used in the works to create hyper-realistic effects, subtle quotations, and conceptual tricks. Amongst other interests, that in waste and its maniacal and hyper-realistic reproduction in ceramics, becomes an inquiry into aesthetic transformation, just as their analytical study of every kind of junk has led them to the most sophisticated kind of waste of all: that of culture. This has become a kind of theft from icons that are by now digested and assimilated, those belonging to the history of art and design such as the Brillo Boxes, Manzoni’s Merda d’artista, or Saarinen’s tables. Bertozzi & Casoni‘s cultural interests become products that link up on a syntagmatic plane, that of past and present time, causing to coexist, on the same level and with the same formal attention, techniques, objects, themes and clichés in an unexpected and ironically natural syncretism where decorative exuberance and the solemn artifice of sculptures made from human remains, bones, and common waste, are transformed into desecrating memento mori and eclectic post-modern vanitas. (via ArtNews)  photo 11BERTOZZI_CASONI_zps8476c3be.jpg  photo 7BERTOZZI_CASONI_zpsbb83fd82.jpg  photo 20BERTOZZI_CASONI_zpsc7c18b20.jpg  photo 21BERTOZZI_CASONI_zps05549c70.jpg  photo 19BERTOZZI_CASONI_zps8e5ae480.jpg

Nathan James

 photo web_war_zpscb22adb6.jpg  photo web_everybody_zps2276a2ab.jpg  photo web_home_zpsd1ddfcf9.jpg  photo web_see_zps7f34204d.jpg Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Nathan James spent much of his life in the Toronto area before moving to London, UK where he currently lives and works. His current series of paintings, Creepshow, is based on the idea of Pessimist Pop. A reaction to the highly-polished, busy, celebratory work of Koons, Murakami et al, James' paintings deal in the same sort of bold shapes and cultural iconography, but look at the underbelly of these images and contextualizes them in a real, unforgiving world. Painting in oil (often making his own paints) onto canvas or linen, James focuses on the lives and worlds of the underclass, failures, perverts and slackers, rather than beautiful, successful people. Bleak comedy and personal tragedy sit uncomfortably close together in James' characters, which draw on both the failed industrial background of his childhood and the current mood of insecurity and paranoia present in contemporary society. Joining up an almost old-fashioned, painterly approach to his art with very modern ideas of representation and humour, Creepshow is both deeply personal and also a document of lives, habits, problems and people who modern art usually overlooks.  photo web_sweet_zps1d3d8eda.jpg  photo web_doodah_zpsf1825c07.jpg  photo web_rapture_zps00b1c32f.jpg

Hilde Kentane

 photo 600scrapdog_zps67a45f04.jpg  photo 600scrapponey_zps02e30de8.jpg Beautiful sculptures by the amazingly talented Hilde Kentane (Belgian, living and working in Holland since 2007).  photo 600birthday_zpsdf1a7378.jpg  photo 600impersonation_zps1868f208.jpg