beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Exit Up

    Immersive art installation explores themes of living and goodbye-ing. Artist Tadao Cern is exploring goodbyes in his latest work titled “French Exit.” As an immersive installation, the piece fills a gallery space with illuminated grasses. The title of this installation refers to the colloquial phrase about an abrupt exit from a party or social get-together […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Macro-mental

    Massive knotted textiles suspend from coastal buildings in Bali. In less than two weeks, textile artist Agnes Hansella crafted three tremendous, 37-foot-wide macrame works. The trio of public installations titled “Mountain,” “Ocean” and “Sunset,” hang in open-air structures in Bali and elicit organic motifs from their coastal surroundings. Within the textiles, knotted patches form asymmetric […]

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  3. Backlit Onyx Feature Walls at The Ritz Carlton Residences

    Sunny Isles, FL: Standing 649 feet tall, this residential tower sits on a 250 foot oceanfront property along South Florida’s Sunny Isles Beach. The tower is composed of 212 residences managed by the Ritz-Carlton and designed by Michele Bönan and Arquitectonica. When you pull up to the front entrance of the Ritz-Carlton Residences property, you […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Porcelain Embrace

    Intimate gestures are encapsulated in porcelain foam in this sculpture series. In a continuation of her sculpture series titled Foreigners, London-based Argentinian artist Claudia Fontes sculpts an abstract representation of two people embracing. Underneath organic porcelain blobs, two human figures can be seen connecting mid-embrace within each piece. In contrast with previous iterations in the […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Artemis Blooming

    Iconic Floral Patterns Come to Life in a Three-Dimensional Bouquet. Sculptors Julie Wilkinson and Joyanne Horscroft collaborate across London and Oslo to bring House of Hackney’s signature design motif alive in a new way through an expressive, three-dimensional series titled “Artemis.” House of Hackney’s work is renowned for rich, dark color tones with moods of […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Symbio Vessels

    Human Designs Are Augmented Through Algorithms and Technology. Through a series of complex coiled containers, Abu Dhabi-based artist Julia Ibbini and her studio partner with computer scientist, Stephane Noyer, to explore how traditional forms can be augmented through abstract design and geometric algorithms. Titled Symbio Vessels, the concept for this series seeks to merge themes […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Atmospheric Waves

    A Massive Public Art Installation Captures the Atmosphere of the Chicago’s Coastlines. A blue, powder-coated steel wall sits between the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Scattered bits of orange tile between the cool blue and green themes emulate Chicago’s aquatic ecosystem in a unique way. Titled “Atmospheric wave wall,” the art installation is the first […]

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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