What artist Cal Lane can do with an old oil drum is just short of miraculous. She transforms ugly, industrial pieces into soft and delicate works of beauty. I never thought I’d want to drape an old steel beam around my shoulders, but Lane makes it seem possible. Her pieces thrive on contradiction and opposition that create balance by contrasting ideas and materials. The results are intricate “Industrial Doilies”. Lane’s current work reflects this period of war, political unrest and oil obsession. Her recent exhibition, “Crude”, consists of a series of flayed oil cans formed into a cross or gothic cathedral floor plan and cut into Christian or Medieval like Icons. Though overtly political, the resulting images seem to merely coexist, reflecting a juxtaposition of God and Oil. In “Filigree Car Bombing”, Lane focuses on creating images of beauty in the form of a violent situation. “The crushed steel of a car is cut into fine lace creating a drapery of disruption and sadness, a conflict of attraction to beauty and the attraction to a horrific image.”
Bruno Torf created one of Australia’s’ most beautiful sculpture gardens, a rain forest filled with amazing art work blended with the natural surroundings. Torf was born in South America and moved to Europe at the age of 15. An adventurous spirit and a passion for traveling took him on many trips around the world. After spending several years traveling, Bruno and his family moved to Australia. He had formulated a vision in the sculpture garden and found the perfect place to bring it to life. The location in Maryville, a small Victorian village near Melbourne, offered the ideal location with luscious, sub-alpine forests and large patches of rain forests. In these forests, Bruno created an inspiring and beautiful fantasy world influenced by his travels.
Disaster struck in February 2009 when the Black Saturday bushfires overtook the area. The result was one of Australia’s most devastating wildfires ever recorded. Despite authorities prohibiting locals to enter the town, Bruno was convinced that his artworks were destroyed. Surprisingly, a large number of his sculptures survived the fire, so the artist decided to rebuild his beloved garden.
Igor Morski is a Polish painter, illustrator, scenographer and graphic designer with a surreal, dreamlike style. His work is detailed and intriguing like most surreal art, but his images look so real they give the sensation of photographs from a magical world. His work is inspired by nature and society, the most import motifs in his art.
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Art director Suzanne Heintz got so tired of being asked the same question over and over again – “Why aren’t you married yet?” – that she decided to solve the problem in her own, unique way. She created herself a family of mannequins and took them with her everywhere. Over 14 years and 10,000 miles, she has created a story by making a statement and making art. Her vimeo page has several excellent videos of the project, the process and the activities she did with her “family”.
“What is this spirit in man that urges him forever to depart from happiness, to toil and to place himself in danger?”
A Solitary World is an homage to H.G. Wells from PBS Digital Studios and filmmaker James W. Griffiths. The text is adapted from: The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The First Men in the Moon (1901), In The Days of the Comet (1906), The World Set Free (1914). Terry Burns is the narrator and the haunting score is from British composer Lennert Busch. It is a breathtaking labor of love in an emerging creative genre: the cinematic poem.
A Solitary World:
A hauntingly beautiful and eerie film using creepy puppetry arts. I absolutely love it.
This video of snowflakes forming is beautifully mesmerizing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.