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Chul Hyun Ahn Brings Light Into The World of Sculpture

In Sculpture Personalities, Sculpture Techniques, Sculptures on April 7, 2017 at 1:30 am

Chul Hyun Ahn‘s career in art started as a graduate of Chugye University for the Arts located in Seoul. He graduated as a bachelor of fine arts, and later moved on to study his masters degree at the. Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore) 2002. This peculiar sculptor does not use the traditional stylings of classical sculptors, but rather employs a new media that takes viewers by surprise; light energy.


(Photography by Bmore Art – 2005 – Sculpture by Chul Hyun Ahn)

His first exhibition was with C. Grimaldis Gallery. It featured six of his light sculptures and was a ground breaking event in Ahn’s young life at the time. He eventually became a member of a group of light artists that included Olafur Eliasson with Leo Villareal, and Ivan Navarro. Ahn frequented the theme of infinity and zen, creating pieces that reflected on the meditation of these thoughts. People have called his pioneering works as marvels that serve as portholes into another world of chiaroscuro. He institutes the principles of illusional optics and mindplay with several of his more recent works. Ahn’s evolution in the field of light art is a proud step for the artist circles of Korea in the global eye.

Strict Geometrical Impact in this Sculpture of Ezra Orion

In Sculpture Architecture, Sculpture Personalities, Sculpture Techniques, Sculptures on December 22, 2016 at 2:38 pm

As we’ve gotten more and more involved with abstract creations lately, let me show you a sculpture that attunes to a more primal form. Here we have a piece made by the Israeli sculptor Ezra Orion. Don’t let the fantasy-like name fool you, this is one talented artist when it comes to sculptures like this 1966 iron artwork. Resembling the silhouette of an steel beam, Orion’s creation subtly plays with the field of geometry within the piece’s lined interior. Reflecting a vertical boldness and a sense of finality, the piece is indeed a “launching pad for the mind” as described by Orion himself in the past. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London and the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, Orion’s geologic pieces stand tall as a premier example of art that expresses itself in the most basic, yet relational expressions.

Orion‘s piece was a resident of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and remained one of its aesthetic collection pieces for a long time. When dealing with geometrically inclined subjects, there are times when the mind simply wanders too near the actual contour of the original model, however the challenge is creating that subtle difference in the shape, color texture or other element involved with the artform. Orion’s strong pieces reflect as a basal and concrete idea by which an audience can begin to imagine as something personally interpretable (as anything). The advantages of a basic form allows for the wandering of the mind. On one side, the disadvantage of being too close to the original subject, and on the other the benefit of having a limitless number of possibilities to expound. As the year draws to a close, we hope artists and sculptors out there have gotten a new grip on what it means to create art. The aesthetic community is changing, and so are many of its players.

The Raw Art of Sculptor Alan Thornhill

In Sculpture Personalities, Sculpture Techniques, Sculptures on June 16, 2011 at 8:57 am

Alan Thornhill is a British sculptor who devised his own way of clay-working his sculptural artworks. He creates their composition initially our of course clay parts in a somewhat random selection and does not use the traditional guidance of a wire armature (as do most sculptors). The clay parts are either kiln fired as a whole or cut up and fired individually before re-assembly.

Born in 1921, Thornhill developed his artistic interest from a base knowledge of pottery to a spontaneous development of sculpture. His raw method of sculpting gave room to improvisation. On the other hand his interest in sculpted portraiture challenges the notions of standard and normality. Before his journey into art, Thornhill did several things in his life, including service in the army, and studying up to be a modern historian. In the late 1940’s however, he was accepted into the Camberwood School of Art and studied pottery under Nora Braden. Eventually Thornhill became somewhat frustrated at the repetition involved with creating pottery works. His random nature gave way to the evolution of his interest and he moved to London in 1959 to create his own sculpture studio.

Thornhill Raw Sculpture
Sculpture by Alan Thornhill, Photography by Magnus Manske

His sculpture; “The Bond” was purchased by the Jerwood Foundation and stands today at Ragley Hall. His daughter; Anna Thornill had also created a 40 minute documentary on him and released it in 2008. The biographical film was entitled “Spirit In Mass : Journey Into Sculpture” and had won an award from Screen South and the UK Film Council.

Joan Miro’s Lunar Bird

In Sculpture History, Sculpture Personalities, Sculptures on May 17, 2011 at 6:41 am

In 1945, the famous sculptor; Joan Miró i Ferrà created an abstract creation entitled Lunar bird. The actual piece was then finally enlarged and cast in 1967. Currenty, Lunar Bird exists as a permanent resident of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Miró’s patronized usage of surrealist subject within both is paintings and sculptures became a manner people came to love about his style. Despite beginning his career as an accountant, Miró grew to epic proportions during the course of his artistic life. He garnered several awards and recognitions in the international art community, such as the Venice Biennale in 1954 and the Guggenheim International Award in 1958.

Joan Miró i Ferrà Sculpture
Photography by Ben Javelina, Austin Town – Sculpture by Joan Miró i Ferrà

In 2006, the Artists Rights Society who managed the copyrights of Miró’s works had a clash of interest with Google when they allegedly used his work for a modified logo or graphic. This did not trail on though, because Google simply complied with their request to have it taken down, but denied any violation of copyright. Miró was also mentioned in Paulo Coelho’s famous work; Eleven Minutes. A fun fact here: Miró’s sculpture entitled “Moonbird” can be found on the campus of Springfield University on the popular show; The Simpsons (Episode: “That 90’s Show”)

The Gilgal Sculpture Garden

In Art Hotspots, Sculpture Personalities, Sculptures on March 23, 2011 at 2:04 am

Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. had the idea of creating a sculpture garden to become a retreat into his own religious and personal beliefs. Child was not a professional artist, but he was someone who was very particular for detail and perfection. He created the Gilgal Sculpture Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah during the 1900’s. The entire complex contains 12 original sculptures and around seventy stones that are engraved with scriptures and excerpts from literature.

Gilgal Garden Entrance

The word “Gilgal” means “circle of standing stones” and was the name given to the garden by Child who was inspired by the location in the Bible where Joshua and the Israelites used 12 stones to convey a memorial.

sculpture garden

Child completed his own artist’s workshop in order to undertake this endeavor of building the garden. He went to great lengths to complete every piece on the location site itself, and even used unconventional tools such as an oxyacetylene torch. Some of the finished sculpture are as follows: A Sacrificial altar, a shrine to Child’s wife and a sphinx with the face of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith Jr. What Child wanted to convey was not a sense of agreement with the world. People did not have to see his way of thinking or submit to his point of view, but rather just stop and be aroused by the curiosity of his works. Despite its long lasting existence, the Gilgal garden is now in the process of reparation.

Contemporary Hybridity by Petah Coyne

In Sculpture Personalities, Sculpture Techniques on March 22, 2011 at 4:18 am

Sculpture in mixed media is one of the fast growing branches of the artform today. One particular individual who’s mastered a strong degree of hybrid media integration is Petah Coyne from America. Many of her recent works are a combination of assemblage and taxidermy techniques. She makes use of materials such as pearls, automotive parts, black sand, silk and ribbon lace to generate intricate landscape or scenery based sculptures that provoke attention. Her innovative use of wax also brings together a culmination of all her diverse media in a curious, but interesting way. Coyne draws inspiration from many cultural history aspects like literature, political agendas and filmstrips.

Coyne Sculpture
Sculpture by Petah Coyne – Photography by Libby Rosof from Philadelphia, USA

Coyne has been classified by critiques as someone who belongs to a generation of artists who forever changed the spectrum of sculpture through their wide attention to beauty, painstaking detail and psychological metaphor. Long after graduating from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the Kent State University, Coyne continues to pusue her love for beautiful contemporary art though her own techniques and philosophies. Currently Petah Coyne resides and practices sculpture at New York and New Jersery, U.S.A. She has had several groundbreaking exhibitions like 1998’s Fairy Tales at the Galerie Lelong and 2004’s Solo Show at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Her most recent show, entitled Everything That Rises Must Converge was a big hit at the Mass MoCA, North Adams.

The Headington Shark Sculpture – What is it?

In Sculpture Personalities, Sculptures on March 11, 2011 at 6:32 am

Well this isn’t something you see everyday, even if you’re a scuba diver. The Headington shark is a sculpture that was made to symbolize the reaction to the attrocities commited at Nagasaki. It’s suppose to be likened to the nuclear power used against innocent people when bombs were dropped from the sky. The sculpture is about two hundred kilograms and is made of fiberglass. In 2007, it was renovated by the sculptor who built it.

headington shark

Sculpture bu John Buckler – Photography by Henry Flower

Sometimes contemporary sculpture need not neccessarilly be appealing in the sense of visual beauty, but the depth of meaning behind the artwork must stand out one way or another. The Headington Shark is a perfect example of contemporary art that makes you wonder what on earth the artist was thinking. It draws you in to discover the history of its inspiration and story. John Buckley; it’s creator, was a genius when he created such a bold, yet curious piece. The shark wasn’t always appreciated though. A long time ago, the Oxford City Council tried to have it removed and relocated to a local swimming pool, but the people had grown too much attachment to the sculpture that it ended up staying right where it was.

Peter Reginato

In Sculpture Personalities, Sculpture Techniques on March 1, 2011 at 1:36 am

Abstract sculptor Peter Reginato is famous for putting the randomness of abstract expressionism into his many multi-dimension works. He began his journey into abstract sculpture in the 1960’s and moved to New York from his stay at the San Fransisco Art Institute. His devotion and time spent with the craft landed him the opportunity to be invited to several group shows in prestigous places like the Park Place Gallery in NY. Later on in his career, Reginato was represented by the Tibor de Nagy Gallery.

Artwork Sculpture by Peter Reginato

Little Mo Sculpture by Peter Reginato, Photography by the artist (2006)

His bold sculptures deeply resemble the paintings of abstraction that spread out in a burst of contours and color. For one to create a 3D version of that effect is a task that Reginato had spent several years to perfect. Reginato’s works contained shaped elements ranging from spirals to springs and blobs to figures. His diversity in composition was utterly astounding with every individual work.

Reginato had a two man partner show entitled “Color-Coded” with Ronnie Landfield in 2005 at the Heidi Cho Gallery in Chelsea. In 2007 though he had is own one-man show at the same gallery. The sculpture exhibition was comprised of his welded stainless steel sculptures and was entitled “Low Maintenance” maybe because these works were unpainted and left bare in their natural metallic state. Reginato’s passion for the steel collages is a deeply admirable one. His hobby turned into his career and he is one of the lucky people in the world that loves what he does.

The Cubi Sculpture Series by David Smith

In Sculpture Personalities, Sculpture Techniques on March 1, 2011 at 1:19 am

American sculptor David Smith created over 28 fascinating stainless steel sculptures entitled “Cubi”. These pieces, though part of a whole series, are all originally insightful on their own. Seemingly derived from cubism in painting, these notable rigid artworks are a feat of balance, proportion and artistic mastery. Unfortunately, Smith died from a car accident in 1965 after completing the 28th sculpture, there may have been more that he intended to create.

David Smith SculptureCubi VI, sculpture by David Smith (1963)

The 28th work, Cubi XXVIII was finished that year as well (1965) and was the most expensive artwork ever sold in the category of contemporary art at Sotheby’s New York auction house. The piece sold for 23.8 million dollars to billionaire art collector Eli Broad.

Cubi was an intuitive series that deeply extended the mastery of steel sculpture that Smith had already obtained during his many years at the practice. Some of his other Cubi sculptures made their way into internationally acclaimed museums as well, like Cubi VII went to the Art Institute of Chicago, and another work went to the Hirshhorm Museum. The legacy left behind by Smith casts a shadow on all other steel welding sculptors if they should hope to accomplish the greatness that he has through his monumental pieces.

Clement Meadmore, A Pioneer of Steel Abstractions

In Sculpture Personalities, Sculpture Techniques on March 1, 2011 at 1:04 am

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Meadmore was a someone who came into sculpture from a designer’s background. He had studied aeronautical engineering and industrial design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, after which he tried his hand at creating furniture designs for over five years before creating hi first welded sculpture in the late 1950’s. Meadmore exhibited mainly around his local area and Sydney during around the same period of time. He moved to New York though some years after he had started exhibiting his sculptures.

Steel Sculpture

Curl, 1968 By Clement Meadmore

He specialized in steel structures that were larger than your average decorative art sculptures, but was able to maintain a sense of fluidity and aesthetic sensibility in most of his creations. He used steel, aluminum and bronze to fashion large outdoor pieces of minimalism and abstract expressionism. Many 0f his works revolved around the theme of music, particularly jazz since he was also an avid amateur drummer and jazz fan. Aside from his sculptures being collected privately and publicly, Meadmore was also the author of popular design books How to Make Furniture Without Tools and The Modern Chair: Classic Designs by Thonet, Breuer, Le Corbusier, Eames and Others. The designer part of him still yearned for industrial creation all through his artistic years in the business.

Meadmore’s unique style can be observed in many public locations such as the Newport Harbor Museum in Newport Beach, Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, and many others places.