“The project is titled State of Mine. It is a self-portrait that attempts to represent a vision of various information about the artist, his ‘information contents,’ such as the multiplicity of his thoughts, interests, declarations, key memories. I have created a set of graphics to illustrate all of these aspects, the character as a system of signs — a language to be used as a template for the creation of my own ‘information’ portrait, that could be used to describe me. As a result I have produced about 2,700 badges, with a range of around 200 unique symbols. Badges seemed a perfectly appropriate medium to use here, as they usually display a subject with which their owner identifies himself. I placed each symbol/badge so that its arrangement created my physical portrait alongside myself in terms of information. The works name also describes the idea itself, playing on the english expression “state of mind.” “State of mind” means a concrete condition as to where someone or something is at a specific time. A mental state is a kind of state or process only possessed by and unique to thinking and feeling beings. Such a definition of an object’s condition provides its conceptual contents, that creates a self-portrait where each badge and its arrangement visualises the author’s personality in the period of creation”.
Empreinte seeks to make more palpable the void left by an absence, the intimate distance that appears between two distinct corporealities. Like a blank left behind, the absence of the other tries to create a place in the space of our memory. Like the plastron of two embedded armours, it becomes the sign of a protection raised against time’s assaults.
Salão Coboi is a collective of individuals based in Portugal with an immense talent for giving life and personality to static creations. Following last year’s “Generation H” series of sculptures, the follow-up finds a terrifyingly original collection dubbed “The 9 Worthies.” Dressing the individual sculptures in clothing from Fall/Winter 2012 collections from recognizable brands like Maison Martin Margiela, Jil Sander, Raf Simons, ACNE and Paul Smith, the nine resin pieces are available in a numbered series of 20 for each design – all sculpted, hand-painted and signed by the collective.
Philip Karlberg, whose stylish and immaculate photography has charmed us in past with work like Pin Art Portraits, got a little fruity for his latest work. Shot with stylist Mattias Nyhlin for the current, May edition of Plaza Magazine, take a look at these sunny, tasty fruity faces. They may appear restrained, but are as always effortless, light hearted, and just a little tongue-in-cheek.
Born in St Bees in 1982, Jessica moved to Scotland to study sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2000, going on to do an MFA before completing a practice-led PhD in sculpture in 2013 funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Her research considers the relationship between interior and exterior spaces of the body, but looks neither inwards towards a hidden core, nor outwards from the subconscious, instead looking orthogonally across the skin to the movement of the body itself, using the surface of the body as a mode of both looking and thinking.
Paper Cut Art by Mlle Terite
Los Angeles native Jeff Nishinaka is the world’s premier paper sculptor with a prolific career that spans 30 years. Nishinaka attended UCLA and graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design, where he first experimented with paper art and sculpture. Nishinaka’s commercial portfolio includes Bloomingdale’s, Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché, Credit Suisse, Polo Ralph Lauren, Pfizer, Sprint, The Peninsula Hotel, Visa, Penn State University, Paramount Pictures and Coca Cola, among others. Actor Jackie Chan, who is a close friend of the artist, owns the largest collection of Nishinaka’s work. Nishinaka began working in paper quite by accident. “I have always wanted to be a painter, but while studying illustration at Art Center, I was given assignments in both a graphic design and fashion drawing class at the same time to experiment in different mediums, one of them being paper. That was my ‘Ah-ha!’ moment. I quickly developed a feel for working with paper. From then on, I began experimenting with different papers, finding ways to shape, bend, and round edges on it. I wanted to manipulate paper in the least invasive way, to keep the integrity and feel of it. Paper to me is a living, breathing thing that has a life of it’s own. I just try to redirect that energy into something that feels animated and alive.
Clodomiro is the brainchild of photographer Miro Zagnoli and his daughter, illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli. The duo have created a family-run online shop that features everyday objects which appeal to their taste.
Their first project is a series of fine bone china plates with erotically-inspired imagery, conceptualized in Milan and produced in Stoke-On-Trent in the UK.
Works by Lydia Dekker
“My sculptures are poetic, surreal figures and objects. The clean tactile and fresh use of colour gives the works an image of fun and innocence yet the expression of the works contain deeper emotions. Each individual sculpture embodies different narratives, meanings and personalities. The figurative works are sensitively sculpted, smooth and focused; they are human, mythical, bestiary and have toy characteristics. The figures contain a mix of subtle traces of mythology, pop culture, Japanese pop culture and contemporary design. They are neither hilarious nor serious, on the edge of slimy fantasy and fine art, surreal but subdued.”
by Alma Haser