Zhang Ding: Analgesic
Free-Standing Sculpture Tinted copper, 18K Gold, pure silver
Analgesic is easily the most blatant of depiction of materialism. This hand in particular takes on the fallen nature that ZHANG wants the audience to see; the pills lay around the hand as if they have been dropped.
The hand itself is holding the mass produced pain pills beyond its control. Here we begin to see the control of the market over society.
ZHANG has taken a well known and popular household product and made it into nothing other than material gold and silver purchased and held by the hand of society. The human has lost identity and lost control, implying the degradation of consumerist culture. And now all we know is the pills given to us; the drug of the masses.
Sonic youth, Maria Rubinke
Alain Bellino was born in Nice in 1955. In the 80′s, he discovered the world of metal and ornamentation. The ornament that is torn from its original support then becomes the very structure of his sculptures. Bronze ornamentations assembled by extremely precise welding are the base material. Weighted with the nobility of the material joined to their own history, they support a fragmented memory and they bring to the sculptor a precious help as well as a constraint. Alain Bellino gets special inspiration from the Renaissance period. Vanitas are one of his favorite themes, typical of classical sceneries. In his work of re-directing and re-assembling, which is both iconoclast and highly rigorous from a formal point of view, at the crossroads between past and future, Alain Bellino sublimates and rehabilitates the ornamentation.
Creative Sculptures by Hedi Xandt
Hedi Xandt imagines impressive sculptures. Mixing styles and materials with talent, the artist invites us to discover his dark and intense universe.
New Sculptures by Jessica Dalva Come to Life
The last time we featured sculptor Jessica Laurel Louise, aka Jessica Dalva, she was exploring a ritualistic narrative with her feminine works. In the two years since, her art has developed to reflect a multitude of personal interests and skills; her hand-painted sculptures, shadow boxes, drawings, and recently, clay animation, collectively exhibit a cinematic taste. Communicating movement has become an important focus for Dalva. She keeps a diary of her excursions at her blog, from her travels to studying animal anatomy at Natural History Museum, and drying scarves in the wind. These have had a noticeable effect on her artwork.
Surreal Dreaming Statues by Ángela Lergo
Sculptor Ángela Lergo of Spain also specialises in set design, creating wonderfully lit works on the human body and how it relates to the environment, which she symbolises in a variety of materials and effects.
She designs both the statues and the area around them, drawing in emotional dreamlike atmospheres as the figures are captured in mid-interaction. The end result is something heartfelt, with scenes that are both surreal and beautiful.
Zheng Chunhui Spent 4 Years Carving the World’s Longest Wooden Sculpture
Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui recently unveiled this exceptionally large wooden sculpture that measures some 40 feet (12.286) meters long. Four years in the making, the tree carving is based on a famous painting called “Along the River During the Qingming Festival,” which is a historical holiday reserved to celebrate past ancestors that falls on the 104th day after the winter solstice…