beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Billowing Ceramics

    Mixed-media sculptures explore themes of feminine identity through traditional domestic crafts. “I am a force, and I think I tend to push the boundaries of what might be within the female expectation in Mexican culture,” said Nicole McLaughlin, the Massachusetts-based, Mexican American artist behind the ceramic mixed-media work below. Both ceramic and fiber arts are […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Make a Wish

    Ephemeral dandelion heads are immortalized in metal. Through a painstaking process of metal sculpture and tarnish, Kyoto-based sculptor Shota Suzuki creates delicate dandelion heads from copper, brass, and silver. The attention to detail in the sculptures is simply breathtaking  — but don’t breathe too hard, you might blow them away! Suzuki builds each dandelion piece […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Framed Landscapes

    Intricate miniatures encase rocky terrains from a unique perspective. Floating terrestrial landscapes suspended in the air — these kinds of fanciful scenes are usually explored through CGI and green screens. Amsterdam-based sculptor Rosa de Jong is turning these dreamy scenes into tangible, physical art. Suspended within simple wooden frames, Jong crafts intricate miniatures of stilted […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Wood Tessellations

    Bowed wooden pavilions fill a gallery space in Melbourne. Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and Australian artist Geoff Nees reimagine traditional Japanese Joinery in a new, large-scale installation titled “Botanical Pavilion” — on display as part of the 2020 NGV Triennial. The Japanese-style construction is made of interlocking slats of wood that are self-supporting. The resulting […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Porcelain Pieces

    Baltimore-based sculptor creates organic shapes from porcelain shards. Bits of porcelain bloom and bud into organic-inspired masses in Israeli artist Zemer Peled’s series of textured sculptures. Working from her studio in Baltimore, Peled reimagines porcelain materials as part of amorphous bodies that imitate natural forms like vines or coral. Peled’s sculptural language draws from landscapes […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Candy Communities

    A cluster of colorful SuperAdobe structures dot the beaches of Hormuz Island Along the beaches of Hormuz Island in the Persian Gulf, the Tehran-based architectural firm ZAV Architects has constructed a cluster of dome-shaped homes in vibrant, candied colors that form a one-of-a-kind community living experiment titled “Presence in Hormuz.” Each tiny hut is made […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: An Entanglement with Glenn

    Painter re-imagines iconic portraits in distinctive winding strokes London-based based painter Glenn Brown is re-interpreting some famous portraits in his signature style in his series And thus we existed. Made with a bold pallet and swirling, tangled brush strokes, wisps of oil acrylic effortlessly gather and intertwine to form historic figures on canvas. Brown lifts […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Droning Light

    Experimental photography uses light and motion to highlight the beauty of Southwestern landscapes. Chicago-based photographer Reuben Wu is known for his landscape photography that focuses on unique and strange terrestrial textures. Light Storm, Wu’s most recent photography series, brought the photographer to the rocky terrains of Utah and New Mexico. The luminous shapes featured in […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Digital Bloom

    Complex digital renderings highlight intricate structures in botanicals. Cologne, Germany-based digital duo Misha Shyukin and Hannes Hummel are fixated on flowers. Their collaborative, Shy Studio, has been producing digital renderings of complex patterns in the natural world. Through still-life “photos” and animated short clips, each rendering showcases the intricacy of natural life. Unfurling petals, swirling […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Strong Steel Roots

    A South Korean sculptor crafts human figures from metal branches and roots. Sun-Hyuk Kim is deeply inspired by human connections with nature and is known for illustrating complex metaphors through sculpture. In the work displayed here, Kim merges human anatomy with intricate root systems to show the connection between what is human and what is […]

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  11. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Dunes of Montreal

    A public art installation fills Avenue de Musée with golden dunes of sand. Just outside the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the road is “covered” by flattened waves of sand. Neutral-tone lines roll across the straight walkway, mimicking the curves of desert dunes or sandy beaches. The formless shapes of this public art installation comprise […]

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  12. Thursday Salute to Originals: Expressive Masks

    Sure, masks are the new norm. But these aren’t your average masks. In this day and age of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are finding ways to be more individualistic than ever! None is seen as more expressive than the masks in the Vicki Myhren Gallery. While the pandemic is a current issue and should not […]

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