While I love being surrounded by color every day in nature and in art, I admit there is something soothing about a limited color palette. . .or the absence of color. This week we look at artists who are drawn to the idea that some things really are just black and white.
French-born Armelle Bouchet O’Neill’s most recent collection of sculptures explore topography, “the science that describes the surface of a place’s unique landscape and the idea that each place is unique, much like a fingerprint.” I’ll bet you thought the sculpture below was ceramic. Nope. The Seattle-based artist, who was born and raised in France, works with glass.
Armelle Bouchet O’Neill
On the other hand, using dozens of small ceramic components threaded together with wire, Ursula Commandeur works clay in an unusual way, creating compelling sculpture that might make interesting designs for brooches if scaled down. Yes?
Building organically shaped forms from metal, Gregory Larin created a technique to fill the forms that incorporates traditional materials (such as Silver 925) with innovative materials like polymer and epoxy. The pieces pictured here are metal forms filled with polymer. The Russian-born artist now lives in Israel and credits his time in the Israel Defense Forces building aircraft as the catalyst for his creative awakening.
Before Teodor Dukov begins sculpting the apples he has become known for, he prepares the wood by dividing into pieces that he glues together to avoid tension and cracking. Then the wood is turned on a lathe and shaped by hand until he forms the perfect apple shape. After sanding, the surface of the wood is polished before the color is added and then it is sanded and polished again. An arduous process with delicious results.
Working out of their studio in London, Jonny Love & Samuel Jordan collaborate on detailed scenes that often reflect the human desire to fill empty spaces. Wow! I think they balance the chaos of those filled spaces with the white of the material. The Untidy Attic, pictured below, is made entirely of paper. The artists describe the scene as “stagnant memories, forgotten and lost, waiting to be excavated and remembered.” Nicely done. Take a look at the sculpture up close in this video - I saw a dollhouse in that old attic! More from Love/Jordan here.
Jonny Love and Samuel Jordan