beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Wire Figures

    Wire: such a mundane object we might see in a toolbox, an industrial drawer, or on the backs of our picture frames. While it has been used to hang our art pieces in our home or workplace for years, the artworks of Roberto Fanari suggest that wire may serve an entirely opposite purpose; instead of a […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Horse Problem

    Man meets animal in an awe-striking statue depicting a horse “frozen in time” and the young lady who happened to stumble upon it. Displayed in the Venice Biennale’s Argentinean Pavilion, this is a masterpiece that is simple in form but heavy in symbolism. The statue, which is called The Horse Problem by Claudia Fontes, resides in the Biennale’s arsenal […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Venice Hand Sculptures

    In past blogs we’ve highlighted unique works that have been small, fragile, and nearly microscopic. But today we’re sharing something monumental! Artist Lorenzo Quinn has created a mammoth masterpiece for the 2017 Venice Biennale. The piece has single “handedly” altered Italy’s already gorgeous landscape, leaving a lasting impression on those who cross (or live in) its path. These enormous hands, titled […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Solar Egg

    What better way to enjoy art than amid total relaxation? You can do exactly that the latest architectural masterpiece. It’s a giant mirrored egg, that doubles as a…sauna? What it is actually referred to is the “Solar Egg,” and it has been created by architects Bigert & Bergstroem who reside in the northernmost city of […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Sandblasted Book Landscapes

    Technology like Kindles and Nooks are rapidly replacing books. But that doesn’t mean we should forget about our old papery friends! Montreal-based artist, Guy Laramee, had this realization as well. He recently unveiled a stunning body of sculptures that puts a new twist on a not-so-new practice: book carving. While many of us are familiar with carved […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Anthrozoology Meets Psychoanalysis

    “Anthrozoology meets psychoanalysis”. This is the terminology that artist Ellen Jewett uses to describe her ongoing and developing artwork. The sculptures she creates are of porcelain and polymer, whose structure is a metal wire armature. Each sculpture is complete with ornate detail and decoration. However, it is not just the structure itself that is impressive […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Metallic Lawn Ornaments

    There is no limit to what art can consist of, especially when our points of view are constantly changing. A recent installation created by artist Nick Cave is no exception. His masterpiece’s exhibition space takes up two levels of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), which is about the size of a football […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Mini Metal Figurines

    We encounter countless people throughout our lifetime: family, friends, acquaintances, strangers. Some leave a lasting impression; others we would never even recognize if we saw them again. The sheer number of individuals we interact with or encounter on a regular basis is astounding, its simply impossible to remember each and every face. But, artist Zadok Ben-David […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Explosive Art

    Art with a flare and goes out with a bang? Allow us to introduce you to painting with gunpowder. Gunpowder paintings are truly explosive and an exciting way to entertain an audience both during and after the process. The displays literally light up the artwork while it happens. Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang uses this style […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Figurative Hollow Sculptures

    Any individual can be overcome with emotion when staring art directly in the eye. Quite literally, this is exactly what happens when viewers look into these hollow sculptures head-on. South Korean sculptor Park Ki Pyung creates amazing pieces of art that leave a haunting, lasting impression. His pieces are crafted to reflect his deep existential […]

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