Thursday, 3 May 2012

Michel de Broin

Via Katie Hosmer's blog I've been introduced to the sculptor Michel de Broin. I love reconstructed objects and this work is just fab!

Dead Star, 2008
Breaking Matter, 2006
Late Program, 2009
Superficial (model), 2004
Sperficial (constructed and in situ!), 2004
Revolutions, 2003
Hole, 2002
Lost Object, 2002
Epater la Galerie, 2002
Epater la Galerie, 2002

"Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow"

Now I know it's a bit early to be singing Christmas songs but I went to a really exciting lecture today on the international snow carving competition at Harbin University, China! NTU takes part in it each year and has in fact won it in recent years too! Applications take place in September, it's all expenses paid - I'm definitely going to apply! 

It was then quite appropriate that I should arrive home to an email from my mum siting this amazing article on If I'm ever bored in the snow again, I know just what I'll be doing! Thanks mum!

Man Walks All Day to Create Spectacular Snow Patterns

Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.

How long these magnificent geometric forms survive is completely dependent on the weather. Beck designs and redesigns the patterns as new snow falls, sometimes unable to finish a piece due to significant overnight accumulations. Interestingly enough, he said, 'The main reason for making them was because I can no longer run properly due to problems with my feet, so plodding about on level snow is the least painful way of getting exercise. Gradually, the reason has become photographing them, and I am considering buying a better camera.” Spectacular art for the sake of exercise!

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Pipaluk Lake

I've just discovered the work of Pipaluk Lake via the glass quartley blog. She is a Danish artist making incredible slumped glassware and as I've been considering movement for my glass project this has really inspired me!!

Framework, 2008
from her most recent show drops

And here's a selection from her website it's just beautiful!

Centre Wave, 2007
Circular, 2006
Bundles and Fans, 2006
Bundles and Fans, 2006
Ocean, 2002
Ocean, 2002
I also came across this short video of her work too: