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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.

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.

Sand Sculpting Festivals Around the Globe

In Art Hotspots, Sculpture Techniques on March 1, 2011 at 12:21 am

Around the world, sand festivals are growing in popularity. Sometimes called Sand Sculpture Festivals because of the main attraction involved, thousands of people gather to witness both the making of monumentally scaled sand artwork, and the exhibit of diverse compositions one would never see at a regular gallery. These festivals showcase the talent and flexibility of sculptors while testing their mastery. Working with sand as a medium is often difficult because of its grainy tendency to crumble down. During the Sand Sculpting Australia “Dinostory” Festival, sculptors were excited to sculpt their favorite prehistoric subjects out of raw beach sand. The Australian Festival is a yearly event that is held at Frankston, Victoria since 2008.

sand artwork from australia

Sand Sculpture – Photography by John O’ Neill

Other countries that encourage this type of sculptural activity include Canada (Lau Beauchamp Park and Clam Harbor in Nova Scotia), Germany (Berlin’s Sandsation Festival) and India (Goa Sand Festival) among others. Many subjects that are sculpted in sand are drawn directly from themes given during the competition, however some artits, like Patnaik in India, prefer to sculpt artwork in support for a specific cause like the tsunami strike in Puri.

The most widespread sand sculpting festival in Portugal; the International Sand Sculpture Festival was the largest of its kind anywhere in the world. It has been held in Algarve since 2003. Russia also contributes to the worldwide phenomena of sand sculpting, with its recent 2005 sand show; “Animal World” which was held at the Moscow Zoo. To much of everybody’s surprise, the venue and inspirational surroundings gave the artists exactly what they needed to put up one heck of a show. Sand sculpting around the world has been the recent dream of many artists and even some regular beach-hoppers. It’s a fun and recreational practice that encourages creativity in today’s fast-paced society.