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The Abstract and Figurative Sculpture Portfolio of Felix Laguna


A sculpture consisting of wood ringsUntitled

Felix Laguna is a sculptor originally from Habana Vieja, Cuba. In his artistic practice, Felix creates works of abstract and figurative sculpture, using wood and stone as a medium.


A sculpture of a female torso in woodSHE IS, mahogany wood

 

Looking through Felix’s online art portfolio, I find it interesting to see how consistent the artist’s style remains across these two different mediums. Felix tends to favour the female figure in his representational…

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Studio Sunday: Pakui Hardware


A photo of Naringa from Pakui Hardware at work in her studio

 

Pakui Hardware is a duo comprised of artists Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda. The pair are based in Berlin, Germany and Vilnius, Latvia. The artists’ works incorporate a range of novel materials, and comprise sculptural elements and full-scale installation works that toe the line between the organic and the man-made.

 

Pakui Hardware’s studio space is quite small, and the artists seem to keep it quite clean. The walls…

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Studio Sunday: Ricky Swallow


A photo of Ricky Swallow working in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature for the week is Australian artist Ricky Swallow. Swallow is currently based in Los Angeles, California, where he produces sculptural artworks in a variety of media, including found objects.

 

I love the close-up image of all the random items in Swallow’s studio! It’s always really fascinating to see the sort of objects that artists keep in their studios, particularly when those objects aren’t…

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Confounding Categorization: A Portfolio by Laine Godsey


A sculptural artwork made with various found objectsRealistic Model 1, turf, sand, Styrofoam, acrylic, found objects

Laine Godsey is an installation artist and sculptor who produces works confounding categorization. Laine frequently uses found objects and materials in her works, leading to an aesthetic that’s widely varied yet still cohesive.


A plush piece of upholstery with an amorphous formShapewear 1.0, vinyl, nylon, polyfill

 

The works in Laine’s recent series Making Realistic Models consist of both sculpture and photography.…

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Studio Sunday: Joel Shapiro


A photo of sculptor Joel Shapiro in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday feature is Sculptor Joel Shapiro. Shapiro, an American artist, is best known for his works that utilize relatively uniform rectangular shapes to build up dynamic figures and compositions.

 

Shapiro began to receive critical acclaim for his works in the 1970s and 80s, and much of his work reflects the aesthetics of minimalism, an art movement that came to prominence in the mid 20th century in America, and…

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Exploring Imagination: Art by Stephanie Cormier


A sculpture made from discarded cardboard, plastic, and other materialsUntitled

Stephanie Cormier is a Toronto-based artist who works with various media, including found objects and unexpected construction materials, to create strange assemblages exploring imagination. The artist’s works take on an appearance that’s at once alien and vaguely familiar, like an object from a dream.


A wall-hanging installtion with textile elementsUntitled

 

The artist’s recent series Something From Nothing is made up of works that express imaginary objects. As…

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Whimsical and Technical: The Art Portfolio of John Brickels


A clay sculpture of a strange machineHortsmann Machine

John Brickels is a sculptor who works with slab and extruded stoneware clay to create intricate figures of buildings, machines, cars, and robots. The artist’s works sometimes combine clay with found objects for a look that’s both whimsical and technical.


A sculpture of a robot holding two dollsAu Pair Bot

 

In our previous feature of John’s artworks, we looked at the artist’s cartoonish Americana aesthetic. I enjoy the way that John offsets his…

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Studio Sunday: Valérie Blass

 


A photo of the studio of Valerie Blass

 

Today’s Studio artist, Valérie Blass, was born in Montreal and still lives there, producing works of loosely figurative sculpture. Blass uses her sculpture to explore both the physical, formal aspects of her subjects, and the nature of the various art historical moments that she touches on and references in her practice. Her works use negative space in an interesting and very present manner – the artist tends to build her…

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Sculptures and Installations: The Art Portfolio of Hollis Roberts


A soft sculpture made from a thick woven fabricStep around #1, fabric

Hollis Roberts is a sculptor who works with textiles and various found materials, creating artworks that find the intersection between the ordinary and the unexpected. Hollis’ sculptures and installations invite viewers to investigate the true nature of seemingly familiar forms.


A sculpture made from fabirc on a square frameSometimes, things are hard

 

I really enjoy the heavy, woven textiles that Hollis creates and uses as the basis for many of her…

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Monolithic Abstract Forms: The Portfolio of Hiroyuki Hamada


A sculpture made from painted plaster#74, painted plaster

Hiroyuki Hamada was born in Tokyo and currently lives and works in East Hampton, New York. The artist produces works of sculpture, painting, and print that focus on monolithic abstract forms in black and white or neutral colour palettes.


A circular sculpture in black and white#64, enamel, oil, plaster, tar, and wax

 

Some of the artist’s sculptures remind me of large scale works by Martin Puryear. Like Puryear’s works, many of Hamada’s sculptures…

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Sculptural Artworks: The Portfolio of Sean Sweeney


An artwork made from discarded construction materialsUntitled, plexiglass, altered ceiling panels, epoxy resin, latex paint

Sean Sweeney is a conceptual installation artist based in Baltimore. The artist creates sculptural artworks from found objects, often using a subdued colour scheme and hard-edged geometric designs with occasional interventions.


A framed iphone photographUntitled, iPhone photo on paper in artist-made frame

 

In our previous feature of Sean’s works, we looked at the way the artist’s…

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Jungle Creatures: The Art Porfolio of Jason Shanaman


A sculpture of a pair of gorillasMountain Gorilla Silverback and Baby, hydrostone with bronze patina and coloured patina

Jason Shanaman creates beautifully detailed resin sculptures of animals. Most notably, the artist’s work focuses on chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans – though Jason has also produced likenesses of lizards and other jungle creatures.


A sculpture of a chimpanzee in a thoughtful posePrimal Thinker Chimpanzee, hydrostone with hand-painted bronze coating and patina

 

In our previous feature of…

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Studio Sunday: Jeffrey Gibson


A photo of Jeffrey Gibson at work in his studio

 

Jeffrey Gibson is a painter and sculptor who currently lives and works in New York. The artist was born in Colorado and spent time living in both Germany and Korea in his youth, leading to an interesting blend of cultural influences in his artwork. A frequent motif in the artist’s work is also Gibson’s Choctaw-Cherokee heritage.

 

Gibson’s dog appears to be keeping him company in the studio in this photo – it’s an image…

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Headlines: Puryear, Casanova, Looted Artefacts

1) Martin Puryear Will Represent USA in Venice Biennale


Bling Bling by Martin Puryear

 

After an anxious wait, Martin Puryear has been announced as this year’s Venice Biennale representative for the United States.The U.S. Pavilion in Venice will be curated by Brooke Kamin Rapaport, current deputy director and senior curator of the Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York. Rapaport has worked with Puryear in the past -- in 2016, the artist’s large-scale…

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Dollhouse-Sized Dioramas by Ronan-Jim Sevellec


A sculptural diorama of a building interiorUntitled

French artist Ronan-Jim Sevellec specializes in creating tiny dollhouse-sized dioramas of various interior scenes. Most of the artist’s works depict buildings in and around Paris.


A small diorama placed on a staircaseUntitled

 

It’s fascinating to see the amount of detail that goes into each one of Sevellec’s art pieces. Photographs of the dioramas taken close-up leave some ambiguity as to whether this is a full-sized room, or a small-scale sculpture. The…

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