These stunning sculptures are made by Rachel Stevenson. They are made on bronze. In her statement she says about her work ” My work represents the delicate smoke and mirrors between the conscious and the unconscious mind; distorting the fabricated glare of social order for a vague realism where we allow ourselves to be absorbed into the familiar comfort beyond the gloaming; inviting peace through the jolting madness of a lucid mind, where the dreamer can unveil their fears, dreams and desires; the past and present mixed as one, we roam free unbound by the isolation of society or actuality; within our dreams we confess the truth to ourselves. “
London Street Portraits is a great project to discover secret corners of London, from another perspective. I met Megan and her work at an exhibition 2 weeks ago. I think these photographs are fantastic, very surreal, they look like paintings really but they are not. We discussed this technique of getting everything on focus, taking the same photograph more that once but every time, putting different things on focus. You can order prints from her at the website.
Mark Powell is one of the artist that captivated my eye at “The Other Art Fair”. He draws with biro pen on old papers, envelopes, maps, anything! Amazing portraits.
The Other Art Fair starts tomorrow in London. You can see the artwork of 100 unrepresented artists. You can buy the tickets online here. I will be there on Sunday.
Samuel Jordan and Jonny Love love paper. They love it so much that they create these wonderful paper sculptures. We had a quick interview with Jonny Love about their work.
How would you describe your work
I use a varied body of material and concepts to create intricate and busy spaces. It is my fascination with the human desire to fill empty spaces and my own personal obsession with collecting insignificant visuals in every day magazines which influences and becomes part of my work. My work ranges from tiny Library’s in glass domes, vast city scapes in ink that roll on into the horizon seemingly forever, to collections of colour arranged across canvases.
Why Paper as a material?
Paper is packed with potential. Non more so than a clean, white, uncreased sheet. From this, you can change its colour, record your thoughts, share your dreams, express your love, print your memories, tell a story, share news…. I could go on and on, and this is even before I get to changing its shape. My fondness of paper started when my father taught me how to fold a piece into a crane which when pulled in a certain way, would flap its wings. It was an exciting and almost mysterious experience, perhaps even religious, something of which i feel only a magician could explain.
Paper is something of a huge pleasure now, the noise of scissors cutting into crisp white. Or pinching a fold between your nails to create a sharp edge. Or opening an expensive glossy magazine for the first time, revealing its vibrant inner soul. You see for me its more than just paper. Its love.
I love the archives, where did this idea come from?
I love books and have a vast collection. Currently i am acquiring books faster than i can read, even more so the busier i become. The Archives represents all the material I am yet to read. Using white paper perfectly represented my feelings of the unread books – I am yet to know what story/pictures/information they hold, so to me they are blank. It would be marvelous if by some Hocus Pocus when i do start reading them, the Archives with bloom into colour.
Do you have any show coming up where we can see all your artwork?
Wimbledon Open Studios Art Show, May 16th-19th
Claire Hummel is a great illustrator.
And clearly she loves princesses and Disney films.
She created a series of Disney Princesses with very accurate costume changes based on her historical fashion knowledge. She reworked these designs in a new style according to various social periods.
She is currently working as an artist for Microsoft Game Studios Publishing. Which is your favourite?