'Trace' is a manmade interpretation of geological phenomena / strata. It is comprised of surplus materials from plaster casts and sculptures collected over time. A trace of other peoples work existing in the piece, echoing the trace of man in the universe.
Autonomous Machines by Echo Yang
"The current popularity of generative design processes in which designers use algorithms to create a variety of different outcomes, instead of focussing on one, definitive result is closely linked to the use of digital design tools. This development has changed our perception of design as the creation of the single author. What could happen when the approach fostered by digital generative designers would be applied to an analogue world? A world in which obsolete machines like hand-powered alarm clocks, walkman and mechanical toys take centre stage?My experiments in this domain of obsolete machines reveal their internal algorithms. Instead of creating these algorithms, I simply adopt and then visualize them.”
‘Abrazos’: Anatomical Watercolor Artworks by Fernanda Uribe
Luc Tuymans - The Conversation (1995)
Artist of the Week
Toshihiko is our wonderful artist in residence here at ELP. He has been with us for just over 6 months and is here until December. So half way through, it’s about time we had a look at what he’s been up to.
Toshihiko graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in 200. Since then has been heavily involved in printmaking and has won several awards including a scholarship from the Japanese government to further his artist practice overseas.
His specialist area is etching on copper. The drawings are extremely detailed and he draws the tonal areas of his plates dot by dot. He works delicately with magnifying glass in one hand and a hand made Swiss etching needle (of which he has a multitude of shapes and sizes).
The end result is certainly worth his dedication and patience. The work is grotesque in subject but so beautifully executed as you can see for yourself.
A pure joy and an inspiration in the studio, it’s a privilege to have Toshihiko working at ELP!
Ohara Koson - Monkey Reaching for the Moon, c. 1910
Sophie Calle - What Do You See? (2013)
I didn’t like my name until you said it.
my textile book of artists i made for my last project
Bennett’s wallaby in Tierpark Nordhorn, Germany.
Me on a Sunday afternoon
“To the people clinging to the notion that female-led pictures are a niche genre, people see them! They make money! The world is round, people!” - Cate Blanchett
(If you’re a white pretty lady)
Tristan (2014),Risa Mehmet
Bobby Jaber’s chemistry Porcelainia
American artist Bobby Jaber retired from teaching chemistry over 20 years ago, with the desire to create art that drew on his roots as a science educator. He chose to become a clay sculptor in his retirement, and his art gained attention for its shapes that mimic molecules and molecular structures. His favourite shape to work with is the truncated icosahedron, a shape that reveals itself to look like the carbon 60 molecule. The carbon 60 molecule is often known as the most beautiful of the molecules due to this spherical shape.
Jaber’s choice in using the medium of clay cleverly places emphasis on chemistry to further link together science and art. Clay is a form of earth with unique chemical qualities. The processes that a piece of clay undergoes in its life, to become a sculpture, is a microcosm where we can see some of science’s overarching laws: equilibrium, entropy, force, steady states, and closed systems. Jaber outlines these connections between the laws of physics and chemistry, and his own processes, on his website.
Now at age 76, Jaber appears to be quite philosophically reflective about his process and what it has meant to the last 20 years of his life: “It’s not what you start with or what you end up with, but it’s what lies between the beginning and the end that is the meaning of the whole act of creation… and you never finish anything perfectly…”
Jaber calls his approach to pottery making the ‘octahedral approach’, and hopes other potential sculptors can follow and enjoy the process as much as he does.