Tag Archives: sculpture

Artist_Barnaby Barford_Porcelain with wings

21 Jul


For sure, fantasy doesn’t lack in Barnaby Barford’s work. The London artist famous for having stretched the canons of porcelain statues, has created ironic, subversive little sculptures, revolutionizing the classical subjects of a ceramic artist, reinterpreting them in a punk manner.
Check out the series Private Lives with the 1800’s family eating lunch at McDonald’s.

oh please can we keep it mummy?!’

‘shit! now I’m going to be really late!’
© barnaby barford, 2006
porcelain, miliput, enamel paint, painted wooden base

So much for traditional statues on your nice chest of drawers,

Darn I had a Big Mac and got eaten by a Pig who fought a Kung Fu monster who hit Mickey Mouse who was shot by the young shotgunner in a beautiful dress ready to be the Strongest Man in the World.

Got it!!!?? Get it!


Artist_Stephan Balkenhol

19 Jul

Stephan Balkenhol, Tre nudi femminili, 2006, legno di wawa dipinto, h 250 cm ca. Londra, collezione privata J.P.D. Geertman

Another wood artist that carves people out of blocks of wood: Stephan Balkenhol loves wood more than anything else. Women that hide in the trunk of a cedar tree, faces inlaid in a log.  His casual and undistinguished “guys and gals”, enigmatic and somewhat sad, are inspired by people he has photographed on the street.

Credit: Christine Jegan

 The artist makes these figures from soft wood (poplar or African wawa) cut with a power saw, hammer, and chisel creating rich surfaces where every mark of the chisel is visible. Calling to mind the great tradition of German figurative sculpture in wood and the expressionist heritage of the Germans, Balkenhol’s people are curiously devoid of emotion and have been described as “German Expressionism without the expressionism.”

I first saw Stephan Balkenhol’s work at the exhibition “Past Present Future”, a collection of work organized by the Unicredit Group Art Collection at Palazzo della Ragione in Verona 2010, with a giant man’s head in the center of the section “Face to Face”.

Testa maschile

Stephan claims: The people that I photograph on the street have no uneasiness. I show with irony the people of our times.”

What do you think about this German artist? Could you be one of his average people?

Artist_Aron Demetz

18 Jul

Now, this is a new artist for me and I would like to explore his works for you (whoever you are???!!)

Wood for Aron Demetz is what marble was for Canova (for example Le Tre Grazie) : natural, a friend and a beginning point (but also an arrival point) for his whole life. Get it?


Contemporary art is now about video, installations and performance. Forget it, Aron is about chisels, punches and  files: all tools for wood sculpture. He talks about people (like Valerio Berruti does), only using tree trunks, resins and chunks of wood.

Aron lives in Val Gardena, in the Italian Alps and one of my fav places, where forests and mountains condition your every movement. Kids playgrounds and toys, kitchen tools, the sculptures in the little villages: everything is made of wood. So for him, it was a natural choice to use wood as his medium.

He takes a trunk of wood, brings it into the studio, makes a sketch  and turns on the chainsaw (this is not a chainsaw massacre, but a chainsaw creation!). Once he gets the volume that he likes, he redefines it with an axe and then with hot scalpels.

Compare this to Michelangelo Pistoletto, who takes a block of wood, slices an angle from it and adds mirrors.

Log, 1999

The magic from a block of wood! The “Michelangelo” of wood sculpture, for as you know, Michi knew that the figure was inside the marble and had to be sculpted out from the true form that was inside.

Aron does this with his sculptures: they cry to be released from their natural state.


Well worth a visit.

image of Pistoletto courtesy of http://www.google.it/imgres?imgurl=http://www.artseensoho.com/Art/PROTETCH/pistoletto99/pGIFS/p4.jpeg&imgrefurl=http://www.artseensoho.com/Art/PROTETCH/pistoletto99/p4.html&usg=__yIik2_1v6DCsFkk_HpsXc2IWRtw=&h=250&w=580&sz=30&hl=it&start=189&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=HjmyRTuPZIryeM:&tbnh=58&tbnw=134&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmichelangelo%2Bpistoletto%26start%3D180%26um%3D1%26hl%3Dit%26sa%3DN%26rlz%3D1T4SNYK_itIT347IT347%26ndsp%3D20%26tbs%3Disch:1

Urban art – the last ghetto

2 May

Tables and chairs that climb on the walls of a building, coming out of frames and windows. Cupboards that fly and coffee tables that come down from the ceiling. On the front of a strange building  in the suburbs of San Francisco.

Defenestration, Brian Gogginbrian-goggin_defenestration_


It’s the Defenestration House, abbandoned since 1997, transformed by the artist Brian Oggin in a extravagant mural sculpture. It becomes an symbolic work of the difficult economic experience by some of the members of  the neighbourhood, that taken over by debt and unemployment, feel that that are out of the windows of society.

Jennifer Karch’s Art Class

1 May

Jennifer Karch’s Art Class


Escher, Drawing Hands

Art History

      Art Criticism


                   Artistic Movements

Leonardo’s Annunciation at the Uffizi

Line Shape Form

 look at the world around us


 The Mirror and the Mask, Portraiture in the Age of Picasso,

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza