Bonnie McArthur is an Australian artist based in Canberra. Her work is multidisciplinary and covers both painting, drawing and sculpture. Her portraits capture the beauty of imperfection through a brutal adherence to realism. Keep your eye on this girl – you can scope her website or keep up to date via her official Facebook page.
Li Hongbo is a Beijing based artist that creates surprising and unusual works from paper. A book editor and designer, Li Hongbo began collecting and experimenting with paper and was inspired by the traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as ‘paper gourd’. Created from a stack of interconnected sheets of paper, Li Hongbo saw the simplicity of their ‘honeycomb’ composition and the boundless possibilities of their shape and properties. Thousands of sheets of paper are glued to create a large block. The artist carves this block to create a form that can be outstretched like an accordion, transforming the work into something completely different. Check out the video below for a look at Li Hongbo’s work.
[via Dominik Mersch Gallery]
Shinichi Maruyama is a water sculptor and uses nothing more than his bare hands and some water glasses to bring his creations to life. Given the impermanent nature of Maruyama’s sculptures, he uses a Phase One P45 camera and a Broncolor Strobe to capture their fleeting poetry. It’s the unexpected beauty of the images / sculptures that entices Maruyama. As he says: “no matter how many times I repeat the same process of throwing it in the air, I never achieve the same result. And I am so fascinated by this unexpected interaction of liquids colliding, which happens fairly infrequently, that I am overwhelmed by its beauty.” Scope out Maruyama’s liquid poetry in pictures and video below.
Maruyama also uses ink and paint to similar effect:
In 2003, Florian Jenett and Valentin Beinroth created guns from tinted ice, making them look real at first sight. They placed about 50 handgun replicas in downtown Frankfurt. In 2009 they did a new edition of their Freeze! project but made the guns edible by using coke, licorice, cherry and food coloring. So, go eat a gun.
[via Today and Tomorrow]
This week my mate, Canberra artist/designer, Luke Chiswell celebrated his debut local exhibition, Luuk by Luke, at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space. See pics from the exhibition below. True to previous form, the launch party was killer. I really dig Luke’s stuff, it’s playful and fun with a Jim Houser-esque vibe. Keep your eyes on this bloke.