Using Found Objects – The Sculptures of David Kemp

It’s impossible to look at these dogs and not smile. They are one of a number of public sculptures by artist David Kemp. Kemp makes sculptures out of found or discarded objects. He describes his work rather charmingly as follows: “I make things out of things, big things, little things, old things and new things. I …

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Are We Playing A Huge Game of Chance – Max Mulhern’s Aquadice

Life is one huge game of chance. At least that is Max Mulhern’s contention and his inspiration behind Aquadice. Combining his artistic interests with his love of open water, Max Mulhern constructed two huge, floating dice and cast them out to sea. The idea is that they will drift unpredictably wherever chance takes them. On …

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Squirrel Suicide by Maurizio Cattelan

  In this blog I usually review an artist’s body of work rather than a single work. However, Maurizio Cattelan‘s squirrel installation shown above struck me as worth reviewing as a single work on its own. The installation shown above is from 1996. It shows a squirrel slumped dead over a kitchen table in what …

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Giuseppe Penone – Nature and Culture

Giuseppe Penone is a renowned Italian Artist who works in the Arte Povera tradition. He has long been interested in exploring the inter-relationship between nature and culture. A tree within a tree (above) shows us a tree form carved within a real tree trunk leading us to question what is natural and what is artifact …

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The Surreal Sculptures of Myeongbeom Kim

Surreal imagery has some kind of irresistible attraction for most of us. Myeongbeom Kim’s sculptures are surreal. They combine elements that don’t normally belong together and, in doing so, often grabs our attention. Having trees as immense antlers make the deer above look majestic. It takes us a couple of seconds to work out that …

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Nature as Fun – the work of David Kracov

Why does it seem so difficult for artists to see nature as fun? A few years ago I bought a sculpture by David Kracov. It was similar to the one shown above – “Go With The Flow”. Inspired by pop art, this sculpture is a celebration of fish. Every time one looks at it, one …

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Do Artists Pollute?

Apart from making art that focuses our minds on ‘saving the environment’, artists can, themselves, start making direct contributions by addressing the use of polluting materials and the enormous amounts of waste that contemporary art tends to generate. In an article in today’s Observer – ‘Can art be environmentally friendly?’ – Lucy Siegle addresses this …

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Modernist Autumn – Martin Boyce Wins 2011 Turner Prize

In his winning entry for this year’s Turner Prize, Martin Boyce brings an autumnal park indoors and re-interprets it in classical modernist/constructivist terms. A large room, re-designed in every detail. White columns from which flows a designed ceiling of white shapes – “trees” with “leaves” and branches. The centrepiece is a table covered in graffiti …

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The Artist and the Land – Richard Long

Richard Long is one of the earliest and best known artists to engage in what has become known as ‘land art’. In an innovative way to engage with the land and the landscape, Long’s work is centred around lengthy walks in the countryside. His walks represent an exploration of the land and his relationship with …

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There are chimeras – no more either/or. The work of Ellen Rogers

The work of Ellen Rogers brings focus to the question of whether the human is part of, or separate from, “Nature”. The giraffe sculpture above has the body of a giraffe, human front legs a mechanical replacement for its hind legs and is made of steel. It is an artistic chimera – an image of …

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