Hyper Realism: Dirk Dzimirsky

You know someone is really good at what they do when they can replicate something and make it look like the original.

Now, think of what happens if an artist is able to create a drawing that looks like a photograph. Enter Dirk Dzimirsky. Wow to what he has done. Just look at his works below and you will probably get what I mean.

“I want to capture and describe a persons precence and specific inner self. Similar to what a detailed writer might employ in their analysis of an individual, I portray not only the physical attributes, but more importantly the subjects inner presence of life. It’s not too obvious as my work appears most detailed, but I understand my approach as both representational and lyrical, using marks like words and textured areas like paragraphs. All parts of a whole, telling a story about a human being.”  – Dirk Dzimirsky

The artist chose drawings which allowed him to “create many layers over layers of lines and dots which react to each other in order to create a vibrant texture with directions and movement”.

I personally love the black and white drawings. The pictures really capture the mood and all the details superbly. Incredibly well done.

What an inspiration for us all to strive for excellence.

X Alex

(Images from Dirk Dzimirsky )

Takahiro Isawaki: Artist with a different medium

How much do we love surprises that life present to us in the most interesting ways? Very very much I’d say.

I came across the works of Takahiro Isawaki today and I thought wow, what an unexpected medium. It’s something that we most probably come in contact day to day, but didn’t think it could be created into an art piece. Working with found objects seem to make the pieces so much more interesting!

Threads emerge from towels, toothbrushes and other items, forming transmission towers, roller coasters, ferris wheels and other structures.

Another work of his that I love is the carvings on duct tape. Detailed topography is created on everyday duct tape, giving these ordinary stationery a new life.

Hope this inspires you as much as it did to me!

 

X Alex

(Images from Hi Fructose  and thisiscolossal)

Life’s little surprises: Guy Laramee

I love how the greatest ideas can come from the simplest things in life.  To be exact, everyday items and in this case, books.

The multi-talented Montreal artist Guy Laramee has such an amazing way of treating books, on top of all his other works in theatre writing and directing, contemporary music composition, musical instrument design and building, singing, video, scenography, sculpture, installation, painting, and literature.  Just see it for yourself.

See more of his artworks here!

 

X Alex

(Images from Guy Lamaree artworks & Art exhibition)

Jen Stark: A kaleidoscope of colours

Maybe it’s the holiday season, the air feels cooler, the mood lighter and I feel like the world’s going to burst into a kaleidoscope of colours that will fall like snowflakes.  Something like Jen Stark‘s works; so colourful and cheery.

A contemporary artist whose signature work is paper sculpture, Stark also works with drawing and animation.  Her inspiration comes from microscopic patterns, wormholes and sliced anatomy.

Using the idea of replication and infinity, echoing patterns and intelligent designs found in nature, she now works with paper, wood and mirrors. Her works are optically stimulating and interestingly, gives me a burst of energy, perfect for this holiday season.

Jen Stark- Centrifugal ( Paper Sculpture)

Jen Stark- Speed of Light ( Paper Sculpture)

Jen Stark- Microscopic Entrance ( Paper Sculpture)

Jen Stark- Celestial Continum ( Drawing )

“Holographic Circle” / 20″ x 20″ x 35.5″ / acid-free foam board, holographic paper, glue, wood & paint / 2012

Happy Holidays everyone!

X Alex

(All images from Jen Stark)

A different kind of weird: Krisztianna

When I first saw one of Krisztianna‘s works close up, I thought it was printed on a model’s face but in actual fact, it’s a sculpture- which is why I think it’s amazing.  Krisztianna is a Los Angeles based painter/ sculptor/illustrator but above all, she is a storyteller, as most artists are.

One look at these sculptures and Day of the Dead comes to mind; the lavish festivities surrounding the event to honour the dead and celebrate life.  It’s a wonderful holiday and I love it.  Krisztianna calls these sculptures Muertitas, mixed media wall pieces which explores the cycles of nature.  The artist is particularly fascinated by the themes of birth, death, and rebirth and explores these concepts in her work.  Interestingly, the artist also does illustrations for children’s stories.

A graphic designer by day, Krisztianna’s work is details intensive. The sculptures are made of wood, styrofoam, twine, wire, glue, tape, paper maché, clay, synthetic flowers, freeze-dried leaves and plants, acrylic paint and acrylic sealants.  The process requires several steps, from construction of wire frames to the layering of paper maché, and each step requires a full night of drying.  A Muertita can take weeks to complete and the artist intends to introduce more of them.

Even if Day of the Dead is over, death and life deserves to be celebrated every day!

X Sybil

(Images from Krisztianna)

Li Xiao Feng: Ceramic art pieces

One artefact that intrigues me is the Chinese porcelain ceramics, especially the rich blue ones that have such an amazingly hue of royal blue.

Beijing artist Li Xiaofeng has dabbled with these precise porcelain pieces and created sculptural art that can be ‘worn’. Pieces of blue-and-white china gathered from imperial kilns or along the country’s ancient trade routes are hand-sewn into dresses, polo shirts and other wearable art.

Li Xiao Feng Porcelain dress

I love his collaboration with Lacoste for their Holiday Collector series in 2012 to create polo t-shirts, a form of translation into accessible fashion.

Beijing Memory No.2

 

His works will be on show at the Pagoda Paris‘ inaugaral exhibition L’Asie en Vogue from now to December 2012.

“Conceived of by Beijing-based American curator Tiffany Beres, the collection brings together a group of eight distinguished pan-Asian artists whose works explore the themes of fashion and costumes, which will be displayed among a backdrop of museum-quality antique textiles. A poetic unveiling of the building itself, the Pagoda’s first exhibition explores how today’s Asian artists weave and stitch together meaning in their art and how the past and present intertwine.”

 

X Alex

(Image from gogochina, voguetw and latimes)

Rowan Mersh: Sculptural Fashion Artist

I was at the library the other day, doing some research when I chanced upon Rowan Mersh. A textile based sculptor who graduated from the Royal Academy of Art, Mersh explores form through various mediums.

His works have a distinctive style with an element of surprise visually. His experimental style and play with lines and form is extremely consistent throughout his works and I love how even in different mediums, you could still tell it is his work.

Be prepared for an eye feast!


Fashion Sculpture Series 1


Fashion Sculpture Series 2


As mentioned, even in different forms, it’s distinctly Rowan Mersh. Jewellery 2007-2008


Collaboration with Fendi. Chandelier 2010


And my favourite form, Skull

Have a blessed Christmas everyone!

 

xoxo

Alex

(All images from Rowan Mersh)

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