Those paper sculptures featured in this post by Li Hongbo aren’t normal paper sculpture we’ve seen before. Made from thousands of sheets of flexible paper, these sculptures actually can twist and elongate in almost any direction. Inspired by both traditional Chinese folk art (known as paper gourds—made from glued layers of paper), Li Hongbo applies a honeycomb-like structure to form remarkably flexible sculptures. Through this juxtaposition of playful mobility and a traditional aesthetic, Li Hongbo breathes a unique life into his works that stuns and awes the viewer.
By using a seemingly infinite number of buttons, beads, and pins, Brooklyn-based Korean artist Ran Hwang successfully create a vignette of cherry blossoms. Like a monk who, facing the wall, practices Zen, Hwang repetitively fixes hundreds of beads and buttons in floral compositions then proceeds to hammer them to a backboard or wall. When you look up close, the amount of individual buttons is somewhat overwhelming, but from afar, they are beautifully assembled cherry bloosom. No matter how many times I saw it, I always be amazed by the amount of time and patience needed to create work like that.
Below incredibly detailed crafted figurative sculptures are created by Korean artist Seung Mo Park carefully wrapping aluminum wire based on fiberglass forms. Each sculpture of Park’s presents a remarkable attention to the delicate form of the human body as well as the naturally flowing condition of draped garments. The pleats and seams in clothing pop to life; Eyes, ears, and noses are realistically recreated. From those tightly and uniformly composed wire, you can easily imagine how much effort is need to put into each piece.
Derek Gores, Florida-based artist is known for this special chaos controlling skill in art – creating ripped paper collage portraits on canvas using recycling magazines, labels, and other found materials. In his collage work, Gores shows his contrasting interests in the living beauty of the figure, abstract design aesthetics of fashion, and a fearless sense of play. “I start with a photo shoot, play around deconstructing digitally, and then recreate the tones on canvas with aggressive textures from magazines, maps, song lyrics, etc” Gores explains how he create his collage art.
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