Launched May 1st, 2009 with a tentative start... this blog evolved into a space to bring things I'm curious about or fascinated with whilst adapting to life in a new city, a new direction with my work and in the online realm. Early on postings were frequent and wide-ranging in focus. Attention slowly spread to new online engagements as ideas developed and formats trialled to extend those ideas. However, this blog has always remained at the centre of all that followed ...the conversations, journeys and glimpses into creative worlds generated here have long enriched my days beyond all imagining and I return always to pick up the thread with gratitude for the experience and for those who've passed through, perhaps joined up or stopped to converse!
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

thinking sculpture.

From the site: COLOSSAL:
Thanks for this Russ... something to think about... the second sculptor I recall having seen his work in person. This late night posting is a bit of a rush job after a huge day... forgive me for this post on the hop!





Carbon Sink: What Goes Around Comes Around.

 A Controversial Installation at the University of Wyoming.

Carbon Sink: What Goes Around Comes Around. A Controversial Installation at the University of Wyoming. wood installation environment coal art


Carbon Sink: What Goes Around Comes Around. A Controversial Installation at the University of Wyoming. wood installation environment coal art




Carbon Sink: What Goes Around Comes Around. A Controversial Installation at the University of Wyoming. wood installation environment coal art



Carbon Sink is a controversial new installation at the University of Wyoming by British artist Chris Drury. The sculpture, a 36-foot spiral of logs morphing into charred coal, is constructed from trees that have died from skyrocketing beetle infestations across the western United States. The beetles population is usually tempered by cooler weather, but as global temperatures have grown steadily warmer due to climate change caused from the burning of fossil fuels and, ahem, coal, the insects have flourished resulting in decimated forests. Sounds like the perfect message for an art installation to me. However lawmakers in this coal mining state aren’t happy and veiled threats have been made to potentially cut funding to the university. For now the school is standing by Drury saying they support his artwork while not necessarily endorsing its message. (vialustik and climate adaptation)

Its interesting how easy it is to become seen as subversive these days... !


Otherworldly Paper Sculptures by Chun Kwang Young



Otherworldly Paper Sculptures by Chun Kwang Young sculpture paper art




Otherworldly Paper Sculptures by Chun Kwang Young sculpture paper art




Otherworldly Paper Sculptures by Chun Kwang Young sculpture paper art





Otherworldly Paper Sculptures by Chun Kwang Young sculpture paper art





Otherworldly Paper Sculptures by Chun Kwang Young sculpture paper art


Sculptor Chun Kwang Young uses a seemingly infinite quantity of small foam wedges wrapped in Korean mulberry paper to create imposing, meteoric installations that seem to crack and splinter like fractals. Via the New York Times:
Chun’s preference for using natural dyes and handmade mulberry paper was born from childhood memories of his uncle’s pharmacy, where small medicinal herb parcels that were similarly wrapped with paper and hung in tight clusters from the ceiling in order to protect them from insects. [...] “I love nature and I want to live my life in harmony with nature,” he said. “Our ancestors lived modestly and simply, and thought all lives should be respected. “I hope my work can take this traditional Korean message forward to modern society.”
Like yesterday’s paintings by Kim Hyo-Suk it’s difficult to imagine without seeing these in person that they’re actually real. (images courtesy ravenelnate dorrmu-um, andjasmine trabelsi)
Busy times... a quick post... hello everyone...!

5 comments:

Velma said...

these works are strong and really inspiring.

Sophie Munns said...

├žertainly are Velma...
thanks for dropping in!
S

em said...

wow, wish i could go see them... it's hard to imagine them from the photos...

Sophie Munns said...

Yes.. seeing the real thing ... I totally agree Em.
S

pRiyA said...

Young's work is like looking at the surface of some strange planets. Very beautiful and awesome.