Fitting the Human Within Nature

Umbel Series, by Jenni Ward. Photo by Bill Bishoff, courtesy of UCSC Arboretum.

Nature is inspiration to many artists. But while natural form has inspired generations of artists, today many are finding source material not purely within the plants and animals, the leaves and seeds, flowers and rocks that we think of immediately when we consider the definition of “nature.” More and more commonly, artists are drawn to the juxtaposition between the natural world and the human world. Continue reading

Figuration (cont’d): Kathy Venter and Evan Penny

Evan Penny, Self Portrait after Gericault’s Fragments Anatomiques, 2017, pigmented silicon, fabric, resin, 57 x 78 x 18 in.

When last we spoke about what I’ve been calling “figuration ” – the aesthetic drive towards representing the living, breathing organisms that populate this here planet (even if only in our fevered imaginations – I’d introduced work that tended towards the smaller scale, towards sculptures that referenced figurines, addressing issues raised by such mass-produced items of collectible nostalgia, like Hummel or Royal Doulton figurines, or the even smaller stuff that once came with the tea bags we purchased. Continue reading

An Incomplete List of Observations: ISC Resident Shawn Creeden

Hi I’m Shawn. Among other things I am an interdisciplinary artist, graduate student at Portland State University, semi-professional horticulturist and (deeply honored) inaugural ISC artist-in-residence at Grounds For Sculpture.

I am so psyched to roam around, research and experiment over the next 6 weeks here in warm and stormy Hamilton, NJ. I’ll be sharing some of my experiences here on the Re:sculpt blog, so stay tuned! Continue reading

The Dual Life of Grounds for Sculpture: ISC Resident Nooshin Hakim Javadi

Last weekend, when I still couldn’t believe it, I arrived at Grounds For Sculpture park to start my residency. The first two days I was so amazed by the beauty of the ground, the landscape and the amount of works in the park. This amazement continued by the delightful hospitality of International Sculpture Center and Grounds For Sculpture staff during the week. After having the first breakfast with ISC and GFS’ staff I realized how much everyone is truly welcoming and excited to help us in our journey. Also I was lucky enough to be studio mate with the other artist in residence, Shawn Creeden, a free spirit artist who is a great participant in my adventures to see the night life in hidden corners of the beautifully designed landscape. Continue reading

Clothes Few Dare to Wear

Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons objects on display at The Met’s Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between advance press event. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art/

Rei Kawakubo invented Comme des Garçons (like some boys) in Japan in 1973, and her Paris debut in 1981 made fashion history. Rei’s art is boundary-breaking and remarkable: Continue reading

Cristina Tomsig – Alerta Naranja

“Naranja y línea”, 2016. Acrílico y acero. 280 cm x 120 cm x 70

Escultora y profesora de Cerámica -formada en la Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Ernesto de la Cárcova y la Escuela Nacional de Cerámica-, Profesora Titular e Investigadora de la Universidad Nacional del Arte, Cristina Tomsig es dueña de una carrera con prestigio y amplia trayectoria. Su obra participó de incontables muestras nacionales e internacionales tanto en Argentina como en Venezuela, Alemania, U.S.A y República Dominicana. Ha sido premiada con los dos galardones más destacados en la materia: Gran Premio de Escultura Presidencia de la Nación, Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales 2010 y el 1º Premio Escultura, Salón de Artes Plásticas Manuel Belgrano 2007. Su obra ha sido catalogada en más de 20 publicaciones especializadas en escultura a cargo de renombrados críticos en la materia e integra las colecciones de La universidad Nacional de Mendoza, la Universidad de 3 de Febrero, el Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori, la Secretaría de Cultura de la Nación y colecciones particulares argentinas y del mundo. Continue reading