Contemporary Sculpture Roundup: Part IV

The relaunch of Art in Love wouldn’t be complete without a new Contemporary Sculpture Roundup. I (Jeremy) haven’t stopped discovering talented artists who are producing mind-blowing work and I’m excited to share my findings with you in the coming weeks.

Marela Zacarias

sculpture_m1First up, I’m very excited to feature Marela Zacarias, whose work feels super fresh while somehow being rooted in her Mexican heritage. Personally, I have a visceral response to the work, the movement and color is arresting. My initial attention is rewarded by the pattern and shape play in the painting which is rich with detail and, because of the undulating surface area, seems to change when seen from different angles. There’s a really great balance between what I’m precieving as historically Mexican pottery designs and contemporary geometric abstraction. From Zacarias’ statement, this seems to be her intention: “her work combines painting and sculpture and is characterized by an interest in site specificity, the history contained in objects, and current events.”

See more of her work here.

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Andrew Tirado

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It’s easy to see that Andrew Ramiro Tirado is mildly obsessed with hands. Working in a variety of mediums (wood and metal sculpture, painting and drawing, even kinetic sculpture) his works are keenly focused on the elegant complexity of the human hand. His large scale sculptures range from 6′ to 20′ long and are often displayed suspended from the ceiling. Tirado’s background in woodworking, custom fabrication and set design feed in to his large scale, fully in-the-round works and workable kinetic sculptures. And I can see his experience as a studio assistant with the legendary Chuck Close in the large scale painting and drawing works Tirado creates as studies for his sculptural work.

Personally, I love the balance and restraint Tirado shows in not overworking his materials. While some areas of his sculptures are taken to a uniform finish, completely “rendered” – other areas are allowed to show the raw wood blocking and rough ends of the reclaimed wood with which he is working. To me, this is magic in the vein of Rodin. The potential of the raw material is clearly manifest, the sculpture allowed to freeze mid-transformation from pile of salvaged boards to life-like giant hand.

See more of Tirado’s work here.

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Gabriele Beveridge

Gabriele_Beveridge-3What I love about Gabriele Beveridge’s work is the juxtaposition of materials and conceptual frameworks. Beveridge is using found imagery from what appear to be fashion or makeup ads; they look sun-bleached and aged as if they were taped to a south-facing salon window for a year before being replaced with the new crop of makeup advertising. There’s an overall cleanliness and simplicity to her work that feels like Scandinavian minimalism, but when paired with the color tones of faded advertising and overlays of hand-blown glass, marble and crystals the viewer is left with a surrealist dream-like impression. It’s a compelling balance of mystery and minimalism.

From Beveridge’s statement: “My work is a kind of estrangement of nostalgia, constructing environments or redundant imagery that construe something familiar and yet uncanny, removing the context with which they were originally associated.”

See more of her work here.

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Lee Jae Hyo

2034418964_dqvZL16k_03051Korean born artist Lee Jae Hyo has crafted a unique process that is as compelling as it is original. The craftsmanship and innovation clearly shine here, and the mysterious nature of the finished product evokes a near irresistible curiosity about the sculptural objects (I wish I could touch these pieces).

Lee Jae Hyo’ process starts with creating a wood form that is precisely the shape of the desired finished piece, the wood form is covered in a maze of nails partially driven into the wood and then bent down to fit the contours of the wood form. The nail-covered piece is then ground to a smooth surface, polishing and unifying the nails into a perfect exterior. Jae Hyo then burns away the surface of the wood to expose the roots of the nails, when the charred wood is removed there is a halo of nails seemingly in orbit around the contour of the wood. The final result is evocative of microbes, symbols, constellations and lettering. The lettering connotation in particular Jae Hyo takes advantage of with a series of rune-like pieces.

See more in this series and other incredible work here.

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How do you like the Contemporary Sculpture Roundups? I’d love to hear your suggestions and feedback, leave me a note in the comments. That’s all for now. Plenty more to come.

Other installments of this series can be found here: PART I, PART II, PART III
Unless otherwise noted, all photos come from the artist’s websites.

 

 

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Contemporary Santa Fe Roundup

Just a few weeks ago, Liz and I celebrated our first anniversary in Santa Fe, NM. Being the art geeks we are, it was a great decision. Santa Fe has a thriving art community with lots of contemporary and even ground-breaking art.

Here are our favorite artists and selected works.

David Nakabayashi’s collage work at the Box Gallery.

Jon Lee‘s work at the Jay Etkin Gallery.

We saw Nina Tichava‘s show being hung at the Nuart Gallery

 We LOVED Mark Horst‘s work. This is “Embrace #37” at Canyon Road Contemporary Art.

“The Invitation #3” by Mark Horst.

Detail of “The Invitation #3” by Mark Horst.

“I am not I (brothers 17)” by Mark Horst.

Some gorgeous, abstract found object work by Randall Reid at Nuart Gallery.

Paintings by Pam Cobb at the Jay Etkin Gallery.

We caught an emerging arts festival here at The Railyard. Aside from being our favorite art district in Santa Fe, the Railyard is also home to Second Street Brewery which has a real solid Imperial Stout.

And then there were giant fish head sculptures by Colett Hosmer. What’s not to love?

A New Sculpture on Every Corner: Downtown Colorado Springs Gets a Makeover

For those who have walked through downtown Colorado Springs wondering about the sculptures planted on street corners and in medians, perhaps this will be a helpful post for you.

Art on the Streets

For thirteen years, “Art on the Streets” has made art a part of the ordinary Colorado Springs resident’s life, putting large sculptures on street corners and medians throughout the downtown area. Downtown’s “Art on the Streets” program was started by the many wealthy corporate donors as a yearlong showcase of local and national sculptors’ work in downtown Colorado Springs.

And in the past few weeks, we have noticed a changing of the guard, as new sculptures are erected almost daily. This year, there are eleven new pieces and thus eleven featured artists, most of whom live in Colorado. Notably, three of the featured artists live in Colorado Springs (Sean O’Meallie, Dan Romano, and Doyle Svenby).

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The sculptures that have stood out to me (Liz) this year are:

1) Maureen Hearty’s “Music Inside,” on the corner of Tejon and Platte:

Maureen Hearty has built an abstract working glockenspiel, complete with built in mallets, to enable anyone to fill Acacia Park with their own discordant musical stylings. This piece can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

2) Doyle Svenby’s “A Hole Lot of Love,” at the corner of Colorado and Nevada (above photo):

Local sculptor Doyle Svenby built a towering steel heart out of recycled and painted steel. Other than the fact that I love that it is a visually pleasing and approachable piece for the non-artist, I also love that, when viewed from the correct angle, you can see a section of downtown through the heart shaped hole in the middle of the piece.

3) Rollin Karg’s “Mongo,” on Pikes Peak Avenue, between Nevada and Tejon:

Rollin Karg, a sculptor from Kechi, Kansas, likes to play with glass, which is evident by the artist’s piece entited “Mongo.” To be honest, I cannot figure out this abstract sculpture, but I enjoy the mottled glass throughout and it gives the vague impression of a dragon. In any case, it is a whimsical addition to Colorado Springs’ downtown.

4) Sean O’Meallie’s “Tree Ring Circus,” all along Tejon (above photo):

I first mistook Sean O’Meallie’s work as a form of graffiti street art before I realized it was part of “Art on the Streets.” O’Meallie has built a series of black and white steel rings to rest o the trunks of trees up and down Tejon (there are 22 installations on all). It is a curious and happy addition to other recent street art trends the downtown has experienced lately (such as yarn bombing).

To do the art walk yourself…

download and print this brochure. (The brochure includes artist statements, a map pinpointing the location of new sculptures as well as other sculptures that have graced our streets for years, and additional information about the “Art on the Streets” project.)

We love that Colorado Springs values art in public places, so we love this “Art on the Streets” program (though it has received some flack in the past few years of economic downturn). Plus, it’s a great free date! We highly recommend it. 🙂

Inspired by horses: Deborah Butterfield

I’m not typically a fan of “western art.” Living in Colorado, however, means I cannot avoid it. Liz and I again visited the Denver Art Museum this past weekend, which perhaps not coincidentally has a large exhibit of western art. In spite of my  feelings on the genre, each time I visit the DAM, I find myself returning to the western collection, with something like excitement propelling me there.

What has enacted this change? A horse. More specifically, a found-steel, scrap sculpture of a horse by Deborah Butterfield.

Can I gush a little here? (of course, it’s my blog) I love this sculpture. I visit it every time I’m at the museum. I love the way it conveys the essence of a horse, without having to literally represent it. I love that it’s larger than life. I love that it is (roughly) my own medium, that it is using found/recycled materials and creating something beautiful with them.

Recently Deborah Butterfield has been a source of inspiration to me. She doesn’t have to create offensive and in-comprehensive work to be noticed. She has done what I think will be increasingly relevant in the years to come: she has studied and become an expert in one thing. (that one thing is horses- in case you’re not following) She has found a clear niche, and excelled in it.

Check out this video I’ve put together featuring Deborah Butterfield’s sculpture Orion at the DAM – or even better go take a look in person, maybe it will change your opinion about western art … or at least sculptures of horses. =)

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(Music by DM Stith/Roberto C. Lange)

And, here are a few additional horses by Butterfield, also awesome – just not local.