Friday, April 30, 2010

Simone Decker

Frankfurt based artist Simone Decker was highly noted for her giant bubble gum project, Chewing in Venice. The sticky sculptures have been stretched, chewed and blown up into a wide range of oversized wads and bubbles that landed around the Italian city. She has shown in many museums all through Europe and is known for her modern art and varying style.

The following photos are all part of a series,

Chewing in Venice

1999, Venice

Claire Morgan

Claire Morgan was born in Belfast. She attended University of Ulster and Northumbria University where she achieved a first class degree in Sculpture. She is now based in London.

Since graduating she has pursued a career solely as a visual artist. She has exhibited internationally, with solo shows, residencies and commissions across the UK, as well as solo and group exhibitions in Europe. At an early stage she developed a strong interest in the organic, in natural processes, and in the bodily connotations of natural materials. This formed the basis for her practice as an artist creating sculptural installations and continues to influence her work at present.

In 2004 Claire was awarded the Royal British Society of Sculptors Annual Bursary and Roy Noakes Awards for Come Fly With Me, a work that involved painstakingly repetitive and precise processes. She has continued to explore this way of working, and the challenges presented by her chosen materials and techniques have become an important part of her practice.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Exhibited as part of DNA at the Form London, Art and Design Fair 2008

Silver Lining

Exhibited at Life. Blood., Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris

Fluid (II)

Exhibited at Building With Colour, Gallery North, Newcastle

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Simon Hitchens

Simon Hitchens was born in 1967 and studied at the West Surrey College of Art and Design and Bristol Polytechnic Faculty of Art and Design until 1990. Hitchens sculptures are about presence and absence.He works mainly with stone but sometimes combines it with clear resin. The quality of these two being mixed together help him with the optical effects found in his use of crystal-clear medium. In his abstract stone sculptures he carves, shapes, and polishes each piece individually by hand. “Hitchens's clear cast resin sculptures are expressions of the qualities of the material. These symmetrical capsules or cylinders... suggest hermetically sealed capsules of elixir, purified air or water, held in suspension. They appear to be otherworldly, having a beauty and tranquility”
Coastline, 2006
Granite, resin, metal halide
400 x 110 x 77cm

From dawn until dusk, 2008
Granite slab
550 cm tall

The basis of silence, 2003
Glass, paint
64x 40 x 40 cm

Stan Chisholm

Stan Chisholm (a.k.a. 18andCounting) is an emerging interdisciplinary artist from St. Louis, Missouri who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His collages, drawings, and mixed media installations reveal a growing cast of over 700 characters or mascots that serve as a visual lexicon for the moods, personal attributes or feelings explored in his work. Chisholm’s work has been exhibited at Laumeier Sculpture Park, City Museum (St. Louis), the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, and most recently at Art on Track, a one day exhibition on Chicago’s Loop elevated train, organized by SOLVO.

Untitled, 2010,
Various papers and ink

Drinking the Whole Mississippi, 2010,
Various papers and ink

FranklinKiteBrigade + Graveyard For Things Dead and Killed, 2010,
Various papers, ink, acrylic, string, foam

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Manfred Kielnhofer

Manfred Kielnhofer was born in Haslach an der Mühl, Austria. He is self-taught and works with many different mediums. He works in painting, film, photography, installation, performance and sculpture.His work is usually concerns the human figure, and its different forms and movements. The figure is an important part of his work the human form is used as a tool, either on a canvas or in a sculpture.“The focus of my art is the peculiarities of the human nature. As an artist, the natural form and movement of the human body poses me a great deal of challenge. The different perspectives and points of view is what I aim to capture and display in my work and foresee it my personal touch.”

Globe of Integration, 2007

Paintings On Teelframes

Light Guards, 2006


Time Guards, 2009

gypsum & polyesterharz
Standing 1.7m high.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sandhi Schimmel Gold

American artist Sandhi Schimmel has mastered the art of transforming trash to treasure in her unique mosaics made of paper waste. Gold’s exquisite work includes paper waste from: menus, junk mail, greetings cards, advertising brochures, and much more. She sculpts various papers, images and text, to form portraits unlike any you have ever seen! Her purpose as an artist is to create unique, amazing portraits while helping the environment by re-using commonly wasted products.Her collection includes many other amazing recycled art pieces, each unique and exquisite. All of her work is not only truly amazing but 100% eco-friendly!

 40"w x 32"h 
acrylic & mosaic tiles from recycled mail 

Main Recycled Materials: Tax Forms and Political Junk Mail

Shut Up & Kiss Me Again 
30 x 24 in. 
acrylic & mosaic tiles from recycled mail 

30"w x 40"h 
acrylic & mosaic tiles from recycled mail 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Carl Andre

Carl Andre born Sept 16 1935 is an American minimalist artist recognized both for his ordered linear format and grid format sculptures and for being tried and acquitted for murdering his wife, artist Ana Mendieta. His sculptures range from large public works to more intimate tile patterns arranged on the floor of an exhibition space. IN 1969 he helped organize the Art Workers Coalition. He has had many one man exhibition and museums and galleries all throughout America and Europe.

ALCLOUD (2007)

144 aluminum cubes randomly arrayed on the floor

10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm each

Equivalent VIII (1966)



10 x 3658 x 3658 mm

Monday, April 12, 2010

Richard Deacon

Richard Deacon was born on August 15th, 1949 in Bangor, Wales. He studied at Somerset College of Art, Taunton (1968), St Martin’s School of Art, London (1970-73) and the Royal College of Art (1974-77) where he gained an MA in Environmental Media.Deacon’s work is abstract, but often alludes to anatomical functions. His works are often constructed from everyday materials such as laminated plywood, and he calls himself a “fabricator” rather than a “sculptor”. His early pieces are typically made up of sleek curved forms, with later works sometimes more bulky.

Kiss and Tell
 1989, epoxy, timber, plywood, & steel
 175 x 233 x 162 cm

Time after Time
 1992-1995, Stainless steel
 h: 3 x w: 142.5 x d: 222 cm

Read Sea Crossing
 2003, Oak and stainless steel in two parts
 163 x 345 x 320 cm and 204 x 520 x 390 cm
Sheila Vollmer was born in Canada and made London her home in 1987 after a post graduate in Sculpture at St Martin's School of Art. In Canada she completed a BA in Visual Art at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, 1985. Her sculptural work is primarily with geometric shapes in the abstract. Her work brings references to the architectural, spiritual, and constructed world. The materials and processes that she works with have never stayed the same. She switches between many different materials but is currently with Steel and Casting. “Architecture is also an influence particularly for the poetry and symbolism of spaces and the shared human experience our physical and emotional selves have to the spaces around us. My aim is to stay true to the material I am working with, while creating an image with a breath and meaning of its own.”

WELL II, 2000
200 x 300cm
Glass blocks & silicone sealant set on mirror polished stainless steel
450 x 450 x 600cm Box: 60cm sq.
Dexion steel, polypropylene rope & steel eyelet fixings 2000
COCOON LINE, 2008-09
92cm wide x 100cm high x 190cm deep
Galvanized & painted steel

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bill Woodrow

Bill Woodrow was born near Henley, Oxford shire, in 1948. He studied at Winchester College of Art (1967-68), St Martin's School of Art (1968-71) and Chelsea School of Art (1971-72).Woodrow's earlier works are made from materials he finds in dumps, used car lots and scrap yards, Many of his pieces contain partially embedded in plaster and appear to have been excavated. “He went on to use large consumer goods, such as refrigerators and cars, cutting the sheet metal and allowing the original structure to remain identifiable, with the cut-out attached as if by an umbilical cord to the mother form.” Woodrow Collects all kinds of things and then alters them and giving them a new context. He continued to work with these until the 1990’s when he began to make work in bronze.

In Case Of, 1990
Glass, plastic, coins, wax, water, wood, paint
85 x 70 x 51 cm
Bicycle frames
450 x 830 x 20 cm
WELL DONE!, 1987
Steel frying pan, copper funnel, tea chest, enamel and acrylic paint
106 x 67 x 45 cm

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Franz West

Franz West lives and works in Vienna, where he was born in 1947. West began his career in mid-1960s Vienna when a local movement called Actionism was in full swing. West's earliest sculptures, performances, and collages were a reaction to this movement, in which artists engaged in displays of radical public behavior and physical endurance meant to shake up art-world passivity. In the early 1970s, West began making a series of small, portable sculptures called "Adaptives" ("Paßtücke"), awkward-looking plaster objects that were only completed as artworks when the viewer picked them up and carried them around, or performed some other inherently slapstick action with them. In many ways, his large-scale aluminum sculptures are simply overgrown versions of the "Adaptives." But they also relate directly to his installations, where west makes furniture. West has the ability to make comfortable and colorfully upholstered couches and chairs which transform galleries, museums, and public spaces into lounge-like, sociable environments for viewing art.



Mixed- Media

Pink intestinal knot, Drama



Levits, 2001-2006

Epoxy resin and metal

Each: 34 1/2 x 18 x 22 in. (87.6 x 45.7 x 55.9 cm)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Olaf Metzel

Olaf Metzel uses provocation as mental impetus for his art. The clash of cultures on city streets can generate anger, prejudice and strong feelings which Olaf Metzel deliberately provokes in his politically charged works. Metzel often creates his sculptures from scrap iron, like in the Randale Monument in Berlin or discarded football stadium seats in good-bye in Nuremberg. In both cases the sculptures led to substantial protests against the artworks in their respective cities.

  Metzel was born in Berlin and lives and works in Munich. He has participated in 1987 Documenta 8, Kassel, Sculpture Project Munster, 1997, the 2008 Brussels Biennial, Contemporary Art in the City and in Art of Two Germanys / Cold War Cultures at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2009, as well as numerous solo exhibitions worldwide.

One of the three art work pieces explained; "Art in public spaces can serve as a stimulus to reflection. Today, the image of the bridge appears clichéd and scarcely usage as a symbol of the Goethe Institute's contribution to cultural dialogue. But what is the significance of a staircase, a spiral staircase - the spiral staircase? The staircase leads nowhere and relates only to its own centre; its circular movement always leads back to the same point, in an endless vortex of digression which finally unmasks the very idea of forward motion as an illusion." (Prof. Dr. Hilmar Hoffmann, former President of the Goethe-Instituts)

Freitreppe 1994
17.5 x 23.5 cm

Cashflow 2005

2008, Aluminum
h: 120 x w: 340 x d: 70 cm / h: 47.2 x w: 133.9 x d: 27.6 in

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Robert Gober

Robert Gober is an American sculptor, who was born in Connecticut, September 12, 1954. He studied at Middlebury College, Vermont and the Tyler School of Art in Rome. He lives and works in New York City and is represented by the Matthew Marks Gallery. He is best known for his sculptures, but also has made photographs, prints, and drawings and has curated exhibitions, most recently “Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield” at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2009 (which will travel to the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in 2010). He has had exhibitions of his work in Europe, North America and Japan. One of his most well known series of works was of sculptures of sinks He has made many sculptures of everyday objects, showing familiar things as well as strange ones.
His work is often related to domestic and familiar objects such as sinks, doors, and legs, and has themes of nature, sexuality, religion and politics. The sculptures are meticulously handcrafted, even when they appear to just be a re-creation of a common sink.

Untitled (Leg),
beeswax, cotton, wood, leather and human hair



Wood, bronze, paint, and handmade paper

61 x 180.3 x 186.7 cm (24 x 71 x 73 1/2 in.)



Silk satin, muslin, linen, tulle, welded steel, hand-printed silkscreen on paper, cast hydrostone plaster, vinyl acrylic paint, ink, and graphite
Approximately 800 square feet, installed.