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PORTRAITURE SCULPTURES BY CARLOS TARDEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Carlos Tardez has a ability for portraiture throughout two- and third-dimensional bureaucracy. Yet, it’s in his sculptures that the surreal nature of his works becomes visceral, whether evoking laughter, intrigue, or both. Those small figures are regularly paired with normal-sized, discovered items. Those interactions create peculiar narratives.

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ETHEREAL NATURE BY NORA FOK

by Ariadna Zierold

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UK-based artist Nora Fok creates wearable textiles inspired by science and math, using nylon microfilament. Hand-woven, knitted, braided and knotted, a single piece can take weeks to finish. Her delicate, intricate structures push jewelry to a new dimension, transforming organic forms into wearable, ethereal sculpture.

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She likes to draw attention to the very ordinary to make something special by presenting it in her own way. Her approach is not scientific; she combines her discoveries intuitively with her personal technical skills to produce her unique pieces.

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DISCARDED MATERIAL SCULPTURES BY ELISABETH HIGGINS OCONNOR

by Ariadna Zierold

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The work of Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor finds majesty in the abject and monumentality in the discarded. Remnants of bedclothes, blankets, pillows, couch cushions and knit Afghans gathered and donated from thrift stores and yard sales are cut, re-sewn, wrapped, roped, tied and built into objects that seem to be simultaneously shrouded yet exposed, patched back together but disintegrating, the comfortable rendered uncomfortable.

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Existing somewhere on a spectrum between elegy and absurdity, the work examines a setting where cautionary tales, private anxieties and natural history museum dioramas mash-up and attempts to close the gap between tenderness and the grotesque.

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HYBRIDS BY BRENDAN LEE SATISH TANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Vancouver-based artist Brendan Lee Satish Tang‘s visual and intellectual reconfigurations draw from a range of pop culture and art history as a way of exploring themes of cultural appropriation and hybridity. Tang was born in Dublin, Ireland of Trinidadian parents and is a naturalized citizen of Canada. He earned his formal art education on both Canadian coasts and the American Midwest, where he learn to appreciate the ceramic medium.

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“My artistic practice embodies the influences, tensions and contradictions that define the postmodern world. At once, my works exhibit the paradoxical tendency to be irreverent, frivolous, and playful, as well as thoroughly engaged in critical reflection. Admittedly, my aesthetic is driven by a hedonistic engagement with visual culture, yet I remain apprehensive about the all-encompassing diversions of contemporary society. Although my works are non-functional, I often employ vessel forms, or otherwise allude to incongruous functionality (for example, “wiring” of non-electronic parts). These apparent tensions may be particularly salient to my chosen field of ceramics, a medium interested in the notion of art versus craft.” Brendan Lee Satish Tang

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‘CURVES’ BY BAYNE PETERSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rhode Island-based artist Bayne Peterson‘s eye-popping dyed plywood sculptures are made in a process of digital fabrication and lost wax casting. Curves, give form to the artist’s ongoing exploration of traditional and digital processes in sculpture. Peterson mines the shared visual connections of both, as well as the different ways that hand carving and digital fabrication allow for the invention of form: either along the way or through distinct markers.

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He creates each plywood sculpture by joining together multiple cut triangular sections of plywood dyed in striations and then carving by hand.  The metal sculptures are instead created through digital design and fabrication, cast in an ancient lost-wax technique, and smoothed and tinted to a lustrous sheen.  Historical precedents such as biomorphic abstraction, Modernist sculpture, soft sculpture, and craft traditions inform the works.

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