Wednesday, August 3, 2011

airigami by larry moss


'airigami' by larry moss
(above) 'whistle air's mother'
image © larry moss



former new york street performer larry moss is widely known for his work with latex balloons in creating large-scale installations, sculptures, as well as wearable fashion pieces. his latest work with the medium - which he has dubbed 'airigami' - is the 'master works' series which consists of eight recreations of some of the world's most well-recognized paintings, completely constructed out of balloons. including works by da vinci, andy warhol, and jackson pollock, the pieces are a playful exploration of the representation of art, as well as a means of pushing the boundaries of the underlooked material.

'master works was inspired in part by the perception of my medium as just a child's toy. I decided to create the works of the great masters to gently challenge people's preconceived notions of what art is… and to make them smile!' says moss.

the series appeared in a recently published children's book called 'artist eyes' which encourages its readers to look at their own and other's work with a critical and discerning eye.

to see more images of moss's work and as well as videos of the construction of some of his large-scale pieces, click here.



'mona lisa'
image © larry moss




'airmerican gothic'
image © larry moss



'homage to warhol'
image © larry moss




'homage to jackson pollock'
image © larry moss




'vitruvian man'
image © larry moss




'escher's reflecting globe'
image © larry moss




'homage to cezanne'
image © larry moss


moss recently participated in the annual end-of-the-year IMAGINE RIT show at the rochester institute of technology school of design. click through to read more about the school here.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

hybrid-human tire sculptures by yong ho ji


'wolf man 1' (hybrid human) by yong ho ji2010130 x 240 x 180 cmused tires, steel, synthetic resin
image courtesy of gana art


korean artist yong ho ji has expanded his 'mutant mythos' series, continuing to create sculptures with layers of used tire strips bound together by synthetic resins on supporting frames of steel, wood, or styrofoam. examining genetically modified organisms and darwin's evolutionary theory, this body of work depicts eight stages of transformation in the tradition of classical sculpture:
carnivorous, herbivorous and omnivorous animals, anthropods, fish, hybrid animals, hybrid humans, and finally humans.

having grown up at the base of a large mountain in korea, ji adopted tires as his signature material based on a childhood memory of the spare wheel on his family's jeep, vital in the rural landscape where his grandmother raised cattle and other livestock.
this early exposure to both domesticated and wild animals informed his desire to make art about humanity's responsibility to nature, via subject matter as well as recycled materials.



'man 1' (human)
2011
90 x 100 x 180 cmused tires, steel, synthetic resin
image courtesy of gana art



'man 1', side views
images courtesy of yong ho ji


'bull man 4' (hybrid human)2010
100 x 150 x 200 cmused tires, steel, synthetic resin
image courtesy of gana art



'horse man 2' (hybrid human)
2011
150 x 150 x 200cmused tires, steel, synthetic resin
images courtesy of yong ho ji



'deer woman 2' (hybrid human)2009
43 x 75 x 155 cm
used tires, steel, synthetic resin
images courtesy of yong ho ji



'shark 13' (fish)
2011
240 x 130 x 110 cm
used tire, synthetic resins
images courtesy of yong ho ji


'zebra head 11' (herbivorous animal)2010
105 x 52 x 90 cm
used tire, steel, wood, styrofoam
images courtesy of yong ho ji



via designboom