The Ghostly Sculptures of Bruno Walpoth
Ghostly sculptures of Bruno Walpoth. Life-size, his powdered beauties, as if in opposition to their ghostly stature, seem heavy and grounded, their gazes locking whomever sees them into a spiritual arrest.
Working with traditional sculptural methods, Walpoth’s work is almost alchemical in quality. Muscles, eyes and fingers that have been carved into wood (lime and walnut) or covered with lead leaf foils, seem soft and supple, sad and pensive. Idealistically beautiful, his figures show signs of bones and sinew under fragile skin.
Marks from carving tools show on the surface of the wooden bodies, and serve as quiet reminders that these creatures are not human. The marks break what anthropomorphizing has taken place and the observer is introduced to (or reminded of) the artist. In a strange way, that break makes these works even more fascinating; they make clearly visible the love that has been passed from the creator to the created.
“Contrary to Geppetto, who constructed himself a child (Pinocchio) out of a piece of wood to banish his loneliness, Bruno Walpoth attempts, perhaps out of awareness of life’s transience, to immortalize the volatile spark of youthfulness he catches in the eyes of his models – sometimes his own children – into a wooden sculpture,” writes Absolute Art Gallery‘s Diana Gadaldi. Walpoth’s figures are also reminiscent of the children in the paintings of Dino Valls and Gottfried Helnwein, yet are not so tortured nor forced into adulthood. They are more ghostly, or perhaps more Buddhist, as if silently accepting of a new maturity. Ms. Gadaldi also states that “[they] seem to be immersed in a moment of intimate meditation. Their detached attitude and dreamy expression are characteristic for the stage of life they are going through: one of slow but inexorable physical and psychological development. As they evolve from children to adolescents and from adolescents to young adults, the first traces of self-consciousness and emotional involvement appear on their often still infantile faces.”
Truth is Beauty by Marco Cochrane
One of the most eye-catching artworks at this year’s Burning Man festival was a 55-feet tall sculpture of a woman in a beautifully elegant pose. Truth is Beauty is the second of three sculptures in a series called The Bliss Project by artist Marco Cochrane. Constructed of welded steel rods and balls and covered in stainless steel mesh skin, the massive sculpture had interactive lighting effects that made it constantly change.
She dances in light
Blissfully bringing elegance
Her beauty is true
I *love* that one with the sun in it!
Stunning work. (via 5.3” Black Obsidian Carved Crystal Detachable Skull, Opal teeth by Skullis TM)
I want opal teeth…..
LEE JUNG’S INSTALLATIONS
Green Art Gallery - Korean artist Jung Lee in Dubai (September 10, 2013 - October 23, 2013), marking her first presentation in the Middle East. Lee Jung was born in 1972 and currently lives and works in Seoul, Korea returning to Korea upon completed her M.A. in Photography from the Royal College of Art, UK. She also received her B.A. with honors in Photography from Kent Institute of Art & Design, UK and a B.A. with honors in Mass Communication & Journalism from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea.
Incredibly Carved Pencil Sculptures
Hungarian artist and deviantART user cerkahegyzo carves intricate miniature sculptures from a single lead pencil. The artist says it’s a hobby and form of relaxation for him and that he carves them in his free time. During the day he works as a professional tool-maker in Hungary.
Cerkahegyzo says he started carving after coming across the highly detailed sculptures of artist Dalton Ghetti, previously featured on Curious History, who also uses lead pencils as his preferred medium.