Japanese sculptor Yoshimasa Tsuchiya creates these simple life-size creatures with hush tones giving off an elegant and mysterious aura. The sculpting process start with raw wood blocks carved with power tools which are then shaped, joined together then hand carved for the final details. Plaster and paint is then used to finish off the pieces. The artist is inpired by Japanese folklore, myths and dreams. On Lomography he says this about mythology:
“I think that mythology is a series of allegorical stories referring the origin of a group of people. Regardless the historical facts, mythologies are always taken over from generation to generation so that we maintain our connections to each other. And I believe that it even exists in our private relationships.”
And on Cargo Collective says this about his chosen medium:
“In Japan, most of traditional buildings and sculptures are made of wood. Wood is a material which breath. It has own age, own viability. I studied these kind of traditional techniques in a graduate school of operative dentistry of cultural assets. I receive some inspirations from an old tale, a myth, a legend and my dream. The figure of my animals is a materialization of human hope, mind and heart.”
Images: Courtesy of Yoshimasa Tsuchiya.
Simone Crestani is an artist, a designer, and a glassblowing master. He had the privilege of working under the tutelage of master glassblower Massimo Lunardon and living close to Venice the capital of the glass world. On Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art he reveals this about his work:
“I started to work with glass when I was very young. I was fifteen when I entered for the first time the Soffieria of master artisan Massimo Lunardon. There I was immediately fascinated by the incandescent glass. Shortly after, I started training as an apprentice blower and it was love at first sight. In 2010 I opened my own studio, the “Atelier Crestani”, where I still work at my creations.”
“I usually take inspiration from the natural world, reinventing its forms and translating them into my language and my aesthetic taste, trying to always keep that pure and elegant style that is my sign.”
“I’ve been working with the borosilicate glass in a more sculptural way compared to the traditional one, and now I can create bigger pieces but more detailed. I’m renown for this particular technique and often I have been asked to teach in prestigious academies and glass-making schools.”
You can view more of his work on his website and on Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Simone Crestani.
Warren King is an American born sculptor currently living and working in Stockholm. A trip to a village in China where many of his ancestors had lived is the inspiration for these life size cardboard sculptures. The abstracted shapes are created with glued cardboard and with the backs left unfinished and exposed. His goal is to recreate the village with perhaps a total of 100 to 200 figures. In an interview on Supermarket 2017 he reveals this about himself and his project:
“Hi! I’m Warren, and I do sculpture, mostly figures using cardboard from boxes. I’m pretty new to the art world — I only started doing it seriously about 2 years ago when I moved to Stockholm. Before that, I worked at software companies doing data analysis for big corporations, and before that I was a structural engineer designing stadiums and office buildings. Nowadays I cut cardboard full time.”
‘That project started after a visit to my grandparents’ hometown in China. It was my first time in China, and as we wandered around the streets we met some elderly residents and stopped to chat. As it turned out, these people knew my grandparents from 50 years ago. It was very profound — the sense of having lost touch with this part of my past, and then rediscovering it by chance. So this series of sculptures — which is an ongoing project to recreate the residents of that village one person at a time – is sort of an expression of my attempts to understand those connections.”
You can see more of his work on his website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Warren King.