Portrait of Ben Nicholson, by his mother Mabel Pryde
Ben Nicholson (April 10, 1894 - February 6, 1982) was an English painter and sculptor. He is known for his abstract still lifes and landscapes. His work was exhibited alongside that of Constantin Brancusi, Juan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso. He spent much of his life in England, but traveled to and lived for periods in California, Switzerland, Italy, and France.
Dutch artist Diet Wiegman relies on lighting to render multi-dimensional sculptures that are twice as revealing when you look at the shadow on the wall. Robots become men, rings become orbs, a plate becomes a continent, and one particular creation becomes Michael Jackson.
These bookish sculptures are from Luciana Frigerio, and are made with recycled books that still have lots of love to give. The Vermont-based artist also has an Etsy shop where you can browse through her pre-made lettering, or order custom messages. One scholarly fellow even commissioned Luciana to help him propose to his girlfriend, which you can see below.
Happy birthday Joseph Csáky!
Joseph Csáky (March 18, 1888 – May 1, 1971) was a Hungarian artist and sculptor closely associated with the avant-garde movement, as well as the De Stijl neoplasticism movement. During World War II, he fought alongside the French and was a member of the French resistance, and later became a French citizen. Csáky also experimented in the styles of Purism and Cubism, and designed several pieces of furniture for Jacques Doucet. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, and despite a shift to more representational sculptures in his later life, Csáky is still regarded as one of the forefathers of Cubist sculpture.
I'm sick of pumpkins getting all the attention. Watermelons are mushy and carve-able too, so let's celebrate this green and glorious summer fruit by looking at some incredible Watermelon sculptures.
Jaakko Pernu is a Finnish sculptor and artist who uses natural materials to create massive structures that illustrate the relationship between nature and its inhabitants. Pernu grew up helping his father build wooden boats, and used those skills to build grand homages to nature. Pernu then leaves his sculptures to the elements, allowing them to degrade naturally so that the materials return to the earth. The artist's work will probably remind you of Jaehyo Lee, whom we interviewed about his own environmental sculptures.
British sculptor Barbara Franc was not allowed pets as a child. After growing up and finishing art school, she struck back with a vengeance. Her sculptures represent a variety of creatures, all forged together with scrap metal and recycled material. Her zoo of sculpted mates is haunting. They appear as hollow frames of non-existent pets and yet there is something lifelike about them. Although her work is extraordinary, I dread the day her landlord lifts the ban on real pets.
These "Melting Men" aren't melting because they're in a deodorant commercial and they've just seen a lovely girl walking by. No, they're melting because they're made from ice. Created by Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo to raise awareness of climate change, these little people sat in a Berlin Square until they formed into water and disappeared. The installation lasted until the last one evaporated into the environmentally-aware atmosphere. The icy friends began to melt within half an hour and the installation lasted less than a day but Azevedo is spreading the message in cities around the world. And hey, they make for some pretty interesting pictures.
Sculptor Jaehyo Lee is a keen manipulator of resources. Lee works as easily with leaves and branches as he does with iron nails. He has created otherworldly works in stone that recall the extraterrestrial vision of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The work of Berlin-based Bo Christian Larsson is definitely creative, and ever so slightly demented. His sculptures of reborn domestic goods such as clocks, suitcases and candles appear like props from the world's most fantastical horror film. Larsson toys with these attic-found pieces from forgotten lives until they tell a new story - usually one of mystery, wonder or violence that could even cause M. Night to raise a few eyebrows.