John Bisbee has spent nearly 30 years welding and forging 12-inch nails into amazing works of sculptural work. He hammered, bent, welded or fastened those nails together and create geometric sculptures, organic installations, and unwieldy objects. When asked why choose nails as medium, Bisbee shared with American Craft “Only nails, always different. A nail, like a line, can and will do almost anything. What can’t you draw with a line? The nail is just my line.” To check more of his work, check johnbisbee.com.
Korea-based artist Seung Mo Park creates astonishingly crafted figurative sculptures by meticulously wrapping wire on fiberglass forms. The works shown here are part of the artist’s Human series where he recreates the delicate wrinkles and folds of clothing as well as the sinuous musculature of the human body. Upon close inspection, one can see just how tightly and uniformly the wires are composed, reflecting the time-consuming effort put into each piece. Like the rings of a tree, the wire designs offer a visual sense of time and texture.
Six years ago, artist Vlad Artazov presented world with his interesting “Nail Art” series which creates unusually emotional sculptures using nail. Today, Oslo-based blacksmith and photographer Tobbe Malm tries to do the same thing with old farm bolts. These bolts had been lying there for a long time and they might well have continued to lie there until they had rusted away and returned to their original mineral form. Malm immediately recognized the wide caps and slender stems as having humanistic qualities so he gathered them up and proceeded to heat, forge, twist and bend them into shape in his studio. By doing this, Malm successfully gave these old bolt some human emotions: sorrow, joy, pain, warmth and humour. Check the whole collection “Bolt poetry” on his behance page.
“Shadow of Knives“, an incredible series of carved silhouette sculptures created by Beijing-based artist Li Hongbo who intricate, precisely cut animals, humans, and skeletons rise from knives like shadows, leaving behind corresponding negative spaces in the blades. With the delicate appearance of the silhouettes belying the cold, hard metal from which they were carved, the sculptures contrast paper-thin fragility with razor-sharp toughness. The idea behind this series is to warn “human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals.”
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