Rebekah Bogard‘s cute, pink and white, rabbit-like ceramic sculpture creatures, arranged in installations, explore themes of gender, femininity, and sexuality. As Rebekah says in her artist statement on her Website, “I enjoy utilizing animals because they are beautiful and mysterious creatures, vulnerable to relations with humans. This susceptibility gives them a sense of benevolence that is often lacking in human associations….Some pieces look cute, sweet and innocent, but upon closer inspection, one realizes that the piece is conceptually more complicated. They may be read simultaneously as happy-go-lucky as well as melancholic and out of place. I blend the beautiful with the sad, fantasy with reality, idealism with truth as well as the sexual with the innocent.”
Tags: animals, ceramic, ceramics, creature, cute, cute n creepy little creatures, fauna, femininity, fleshy, flora, flowers, innocence/menace, installation art, sculptures, sexuality, sweet/melancholy, weird sculptures, woodland creatures
Tags: alien beauty, bioart, biological/organic/alien, conceptual, fragility, glass, hauntingly beautiful, installation art, medical-themed, microbes, sculptures, strange beauty, syringes, transparent, weird sculptures
Tim Lewis‘ Pony is a bizarre and uncanny kinetic sculpture that was exhibited at 2009′s Kinetica Art Fair. Unsettling and uber-realistic, Pony looks somewhat like a surreal ostrich-esque creature composed of human arms, pulling a small one-seater carriage behind itself; motion-sensitive, and appearing to “walk” in a very eerie and delicately articulated fashion, it is another creepy and brilliant intersection of art and science, and a provoking piece of interactive sculpture. Its title also suggests a veiled commentary on the relationship between humans and animals.
Kinetica Art Fair is produced by Kinetica Museum and is the first of its kind in the UK. It brings together galleries, art organisations and curatorial groups from around the world who focus on kinetic, electronic, robotic, sound, light, time-based and multi-disciplinary new media art, science and technology.
Tags: articulate hands, biological/organic/alien, bizarre, conceptual, creature, eerie, human/machine hybrids, installation art, kinetic sculptures, life-sized, realism, robots, sculptures, surreal, weird sculptures
Black and Blue is a sculpture piece by Emily Kaelin, resembling a disembodied clump of long black hair ethereally embedded with bright blue butterfly wings, also severed from their proper owners. It is made of synthetic hair, Morpho butterfly wings, and glitter.
Emily Kaelin is a young artist who constantly deals with repulsion vs. beauty, in installations, mixed-media art, and paintings, mimicking human organic materials that are generally thought to be disgusting, such as flesh, hair, blood, and bone, and creating pieces that are conflicting, visceral, and unlike anything else out there, pushing her art farther and into new territories.
She describes her own art in these words: “push and pull of appealing and repellent, comforting and upsetting, lovely and ugly; inability to look at or render self objectively; impulse and intuition and instinct; emotionality; flesh; hairiness”
Her art constantly intersects the descriptors of ugly, strangely beautiful, alluring, repulsive, bizarre, off-putting, interesting, intriguing, fleshy, raw, delicate, otherworldly, and original. It expresses agony incarnate in the body, in its materials of ink and parchment (blood and skin).
A few more examples of her work below:
These are a few of Midori Harima’s installations, made with Xeroxed images from a variety of sources, including magazines, books, and the Internet, which she crafted by sculpting the printed media on hollow structures, to create this eerie, flat, “3Dvs.2D” effect.
Richard Stipl’s obscene, gory, and irreverent sculptures and installations are lifelike to the extreme, and revolve around subverted religious imagery and images of corrupted dignity. He also creates mixed media works, such as Pentagram (below).
Tags: bizarre, blood, death/religion/sex, distorted bodies, flour-white face, gory, installation art, realism, red and white, religious imagery, richard stipl, sculptures, unnaturally colored flesh, weird sculptures
In this series of ceramic sculptures, artist Jessica Harrison undermines and perverts the kitschy sentimentality of porcelain figurines by “breaking” them, casting a macabre twist on the familiar decorative art form. 19th-century ladies with vacantly blithe expressions hold their own severed, gory-edged head in their lap, gaily dangle their bloody eyeballs above them, and with fleshless, skeletal face recline daintily on a chaise longue. I would love to have these doll-sculptures in my home, they are such clever miniature subversions of prim and happy porcelain figurines, having a dimension of interest that the traditional harmlessly sweet figurines never possess.
Tags: blood, ceramics, conceptual, dolls, evisceration, exposed anatomy, figurines, gory, installation art, macabre, porcelain, sculptures, sinister arts and crafts, skeleton, victorian, weird sculptures
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