Laura Kimpton is an artist based out of Northern California who is most well recognized for her large one word art installations. She has had many experiences that have shaped who she is as an artist including her identity as a dyslexic and a right brained individual. Before creating her one word installations, she was an art teacher for 15 years, obtained a masters in Counseling Pyschology and created a lot of fire based art. In her interview with Ignite.Me she tells about the inspiration behind her artistic focus now. [Read more...]
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Viewed from the back, Olga Ziemska’s Stillness in Motion is only a bush of twigs, or at the most a tied bundle; but walk around to the front and you come face-to-face with a womanly figure cut with precision into the round wood sticks. Such is the case with much of this artists surprising work, at once looking familiar and then changing into something wholly unexpected. [Read more...]
Sometimes walking into an art gallery is anything but inviting. We enter into a space often as quiet as a library (or quieter), find expensive art with little or no clue to its meaning… and all of it has a strict “no touching” policy. That’s one of the many charms behind Edinburgh based Bec Wonders’ recent exhibition – as its name perfectly expresses, viewers were invited to “Step Inside” the artwork itself. [Read more...]
It’s a huge structure, but it weighs only a small fraction of most things its size. That’s because the floating tube featured here is built out of 8,000 sheets of rice paper, 800 shafts of bamboo, and cotton. Chinese abstract artist Zhu Jinshi installed the 12-meter long hanging structure, called Boat, last month at Art13 London, a new international art fair where the highly experiential piece featured as the centerpiece for the show. [Read more...]
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To assist Netherlands feminist foundation Mama Cash with promoting and protecting women’s rights around the world, world renowned Cuban-American terrestrial artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada created an enormous portrait of a woman’s face in Dutch soil. He explains: “Using fertile soil to create this piece becomes a metaphor for what can come forth if the vision of these women is respected and allowed to bring about change.” With the help of 80 volunteers, Zeeburgereiland in Amsterdam, which is larger than 2 football fields was transformed to become the fierce face of a female activist in less than a week. They used almost 5 miles of rope, 7 tons of straw, 5,300 cubic feet of soil, and 1,150 wooden poles to bring Gerada’s vision to life. [Read more...]
There’s nothing quite like stepping in gum on a hot summer day, or sticking your hand in that glob of ABC gum someone left under the table as you sit down for lunch, but Jeremy Laffon has found a way to make gum surprising in a good way. The French artist uses chewing gum to engineer architectural structures, 3-dimensional artistic designs, and even floor tiling. Laffon’s complex structures are reminiscent of the classic high school physics project of making a bridge out of toothpicks on a much larger scale, yet the flexible nature of the minty sticks of gum allow for some interesting structural compromise, especially in the areas where he intentionally applies heat. [Read more...]
The “Circle of Regional Effigies,” better known as C.O.R.E., is a collaborative exhibition of art installations built from regional burning man communities around the world. Whether in France, China or Idaho, groups of “burners” come together to design, build, and eventually burn their effigy. The structures cannot exceed 20 ft by 20 ft (6.1 m by 6.1m) and must consist of mostly wood material. Typically, the designs for C.O.R.E. have some inspiration from symbols of a particular region. Last year, there was a longhorn bull from Houston, trees and clouds from Seattle and a Cod from Boston. Recently the C.O.R.E. installations for this year’s burn were approved… and there are some notable differences from last year. [Read more...]
Environmental artist Nicole Dextras creates larger than life installations with a message to share, but the message only lasts as long as the weather permits. For her series Signs of Change, Dextras used wooden forms to create ice words that ranged from 18inches to 8 feet tall and placed them in various locations throughout Canada from the highly trafficked metropolis of Toronto to the pristine corners of the Yukon. The angle from which they are viewed as well as how far along they are in the melting process determine how a person might interpret them. She uses coloring in some of the sculptures to make them stand out more and make sure her message gets noticed and takes photographs and time lapse videos to record their life and eventual death. The medium of ice shows the transient nature of all things. [Read more...]