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paul messink: ghostly glass panels

Viewers often ask glass artist Paul Messink if he embeds photographs in his work. No. Not even close.

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North Avenue Beach, Chicago, 9 layers

While the work looks like it might include photographs, the Illinois artist actually paints images onto several layers of glass. He applies enamel by hand, creating depth by layering, diminishing size and color, texture and translucence in each of the 9-12 layers needed to complete one panel. The layers are then kiln-cast to form one solid layer.

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Misty Road, 9 layers

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Solitude, 6 layers

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Light Rain, 9 layers

“Looking at nature for inspiration, I create scenes which often include bare trees. I like bare trees because of their minimalism, and because they reveal a great deal of character.”

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Forest in Fog, 9 layers

The trees enveloped in fog give me a quiet place to rest my eyes; my mind slows a bit; my heart finds a moment of much needed peace. Many thanks to Paul for a peaceful start to my day. . .

Paul Messink’s website

shay church: wet clay sculptures

Deeply interested in the cycle of life, Shay Church focuses on African Elephants and Gray Whales in his site-specific Wet Clay Installation series.

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Elephant in progress

He describes the sculptures as “migrations interrupted”, referencing the long, challenging migrations these mammals must endure each year. His installations “put a forceful, crude human twist on an elegant natural cycle”.

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“I believe in the natural cycles of the earth. Within these patterns of life and death is where I can find truth. While cities grow, wars rage, and industry climbs, nature’s pulse continues to pound. Migratory paths remain, rivers continue to run downstream, wolves hunt, and insects are hatched.” 

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Beached Whale, 2009 ArtPrize Entry

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 Beached Whale Installation, Cypress California

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Installation of three beached whales
Philadelphia, 2010. Photo, Melody Kramer

Church and a crew of assistants first build an armature with wood strips, allowing spaces between the pieces of wood. The life size structures are then covered with wet clay, which slowly dries and cracks, eventually leaving each sculpture to look like a decaying corpse.

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The time lapse video above allows us to witness the birth of one of his elephants. Wonderful.

Shay Church’s website

At the beginning of a 2012 interview with Palomar College Television he explains how the volunteers who assist him are integral to the work. Watch the full interview here.

Elephant Video

 

tzuri gueta: forging his own path

It’s been several years since I posted about Tzuri Gueta’s jewelry –  a recent visit to his website shows he’s been quite busy creating jewelry, textiles and furniture.

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Using a technique he developed and patented, Gueta and his team inject silk with silicone to create a unique type of textile he calls Silicone Lace. No machines, no molds, all handmade.

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Gueta, who likes silicone for its strength and flexibility, has created an impressive collection – do check all of his catalogues for a bevy of unusual shapes and sizes. The colors POP. The shapes bring to mind sea life and pods. The flexibility of the material is sexy. Love.

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Get a closer look at Gueta’s work and process in the two videos below:
 

 

 
Tzuri Gueta’s website

Gueta’s Jewelry Catalogues

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