Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Eliasson strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world. Eliasson’s diverse works – in sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installations – have been exhibited widely throughout the world. Not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery, his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects and interventions in civic space.
” I never remember my dreams. In the morning, images come to my head, like visuals “flashes”. From there, an obsession is born: photographically staging these flashes. I’ve deduced that these images are excerpts from my dreams. My work is mainly based on the intimacy and emotions. I stage the body and the relationship we can have with it.” – Manon Weiser
Check out this 60-foot life-size indoor maze by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.c. Link here.
Cesar Biojo (1981, Cali/Colombia) holds degrees in Fine Arts and Art History from Florida State University and currently works on a Ph.D. in Art Research from the University of Barcelona. His works are oil portraits created from pictorial resources that are destroyed inmedialty leaving an evidence behind. This way the concept of time is introduced, connotating concepts inherent in the human being such as creation and destruction, the perishable and ephemeral. His work recovers in some cases post-impressionist styles, resulting in a personal language that makes his art project one of the most interesting in the contemporary scene. Taking as starting point the quote of Jean Paul Sartre, “The gaze of the other makes us aware of ourselves”, his work becomes an introspective study of human beings, their conflicts, their nature and existence. His work has taken part in a number of national and international exhibitions. He lives and works in Barcelona/Spain.
” My creative practice draws on my desire to think about fragility, to reflect about an eager to learn and understand the human body, to comprehend limits, straights, weaknesses, and contents. The body of work exists in the territory of sculpture, installation and drawings. All the installations expect to lead us into reflections about materially, corporeality and impermanence. The plasticity of the materials chosen reflects the desire to create delicate, intricate, organics and fragile natures, it is used as a metaphor to speak about weakness, fractures, instability and ruins, resembling characteristics that one find in the human body. The drawings, extremely intricate and detailed, are studies for further installations. Common to all the works the saturation illustrate overloaded surfaces resulting in a negotiation between the work and the viewer due to the visual complexities. I´m interested in the ambiguity between the beautiful and the grotesque, the ephemeral and permanent. There is a sense of nostalgia as well an acceptance that an art work can have a time life as our selves.” – Lucy Pereira
‘Looking to add massive charm to your space? Display this ceramic plate by IMM Living during your next gathering and listen as your friends roar with delight! A T-Rex figurine stands right through the center of this piece’s attached white plate for a touch of quirkiness that transcends time.’ Link here.
Albert Yonathan Setyawan started his study in ceramic in 2002 at Faculty of visual art, Bandung Institute of Technology. After graduated in 2007 he started to develop several series of ceramic installations and drawings. In his works he combined simplified forms of human, animals, plants, and geometric shapes and usually arrange them repetitively into a geometric configuration. Although his drawings might look different visually from the ceramic works, both of them represent the same characteristic and that is repetition. He believe that repetition stands as a mantra even for our simple daily activities. For him repetition is the way to express his fascination in human spirituality. He believes in the spiritual connection between human and nature. Recently he started to incorporated performance as part of his ceramic installations. Cosmic Labyrinth series presented for the first time in his solo exhibition at Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore in 2011 titled Temple of Threshold. Last year one of the labyrinth works titled Cosmic Labyrinth : A Silent Pathway presented in Indonesian Pavilion at 55th Venice Biennale, Italy together with 4 other Indonesian artists. The labyrinth consisted of hundreds of stupa-like shapes arranged manually into a labyrinth pattern. The labyrinth stands as a symbol of human soul and a pathway to spiritual enlightenment. He took post graduate program in visual art at the same former university and graduated in 2012. Received a scholarship from Japanese Ministry of Education to take further studies in ceramic art. This year he is taking Master Course in ceramic art at Kyoto Seika University. Working and living in Kyoto, Japan currently while trying to maintain his small ceramic studio in Bandung, Indonesia through the helps of friends and some fellow artists.
I stumbled across Polish illustrator Jakub Czyż‘s portfolio on Behance Network the other day. I dig.
” I am a New Hampshire native, living young at the age of 21. I am currently attending the New Hampshire Institue of Art, majoring in Photography. A little about me: I am an avid reader, painter, photographer, skiier, and laugher. With my photography, I enjoy capturing special moments that mean the world to someone, and I love being able to show who someone is through a photograph.” – Sarah Nieman
Los Angeles based artist and illustrator Vivian Shih is a lover of sweets, fashion, the outdoors, and live music. Inspired by human emotions, so-called mundane stories, nature’s beauty, personal style and experiences, she embrace all forms of art and design and believe that no matter how simple the task there is always an opportunity to creating something magical. Vivian earned a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in 2013.