“Light, shadow, texture and relief, and the primacy of gravity continue to capture my attention. Increasingly, I want my work to sit still.” -- George Mason
George Mason has a background in ceramic architectural tile and his work is steeped in the exploration of materials and cultures. Richly textured and saturated with color, the largest of his “relief tapestries” are pieced together panels that occupy entire walls. Mason began to combine materials while teaching in Jerusalem, Indonesia, and India. He asked, “Is it possible to synthesize these various interests into large dimensional works that are highly textural, that hang with authority yet surrender to gravity with grace? He is currently finding out, and living on the coast of Maine with his family.
A recipient of 3 National Endowment for the Arts awards, and a founder of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Mason has taught at Cranbrook Academy of Art, College of Ceramics at Alfred, Ohio State, U.C. Boulder, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. In his home state of Maine, Mason has shown at the Portland Museum of Art, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, with solo shows at the Farnsworth Museum, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
“Devin Altobello has created a finely observed artist profile that beautifully captures the texture, the quiet, and the pacing of one artist’s on-going visual inquiry here on the coast of Maine. It’s a compelling snapshot, rendered with restraint even as it is innately curious. There is a sustained tone from start to finish that feels accurate. He lets the evidence accumulate and he lets the encounters resonate with the end result being connection, not conclusion.” --George Mason
“I knew from a fairly early age, about 15 or so, that I wanted to be an artist. The problem was, my father was a detective in the police. In his view, artists were almost as suspect as criminals”, explains Austrian artist Edwin Wurm. He obviously withstood his father's objections to his artistic ambitions and followed his vocation. Good for him and for us, because Edwin Wurm is now one of the most successful contemporary artists in the Northern hemisphere.
We too love Edwin Wurm. He's right up there with the zeitgeist. He speaks our language - the language of pop culture, tv, movies, comics and science fiction. And even though he's had solos at some of the most prestigious museums and art galleries around the globe, Wurm dares not to take art, the art world, or himself all too seriously. “I want to reach more than just an elite circle of insiders”, says Wurm. And he did. Even if you've never seen one of Wurm's shows, you'll still know his work indirectly from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers' 'Can't Stop' music video. The video is nothing less than a tribute to Erwin Wurm's work. It's filled with Wurm-style concepts and sculptural jokes inspired by his one-minute sculptures. Big Kudos to the Peppers for recognizing the influence Wurm had on their video.
This one-minute sculptures project is our biggest favorite. Proving that you don't need to carve into a hundred tons of marble for six months to make a nice sculpture, Wurm does one in a minute. These quickie sculptures are based on simple, but powerful ideas that involve one or more models posing with objects in a unusual way for nothing more than a fleeting moment, really. Wurm documents his 'sculptures' on camera. What's you have, then, is a photograph that's part of an ongoing series of intriguing, original images that just hijack your attention.
Watch the interview and see how Wurm arranges the art works for his solo show in museum Het Domein, and see how Wurm is trying repeatedly, though unsuccessfully, to create what he calls a toothbrush launching pad by carefully balancing a tube of toothpaste, a chair, two oranges, and a bed into a fragile looking sculptural configuration.
Encased is a collection of body-shaped leather luggages that are sensual, beautiful, and slightly disturbing at the same time. Designed and created by artist/designer Wei Li.
The form of the body was scanned, and the resulted model was CNC machined to make the leather forming molds. The suitcases were completely hand-crafted from scratch. The zipper handles were 3d-printed in bronze based on models of the artist's own hand.