Jayme Plensa

Spanish artist Jayme Plensa is a familiar presence to those who have visited Millenium Park in Chicago. He is the creator of Crown Fountain, an interactive art installation which opened in July of 2004. The two glass brick towers, act as a display for digital videos on their facing planes. It appears as it water is spraying out of the mouths of the people displayed on these blocks. Visitors can be found splashing around in the pool of water on the beautiful black granite plaza, framed by Plensa’s towers.

Jayme Plensa has a new exhibit in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park which certainly looks like it is worth a look. I find these sculptures below to have such expressive and ethereal qualities. The forms of these objects become architectural, as they invite us to not only view, but to experience the piece three dimensionally. I am taken by the incredibly modern and minimal approach, and yet each piece is layered with significant detail, drawing me in for a closer look. The proportion is dead on, the play on scale effective, and the simplicity allows for the artists statement to be heard.  On view now through September, a stroll through the beautiful grounds in Wakefield England, would no doubt be a thought provoking experience.

“2011 will also see Plensa’s first public art project in New York City. Echo will be presented from 5 May – 14 August 2011 by the Madison Square Park Conservancy. In the UK, Chichester Cathedralrecently announced Plensa’s winning proposal for the Hussey Memorial Commission, Together, expected to be unveiled in the Cathedral in 2012″. Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Crown Fountain Image by Brandon Farley

‘irma’ by jaume plensa at the yorkshire sculpture park in wakefield, england
image courtesy YSP / © jonty wilde via Designboom

 

 

 


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The Art of Fashion

VIRGINE. A brand new innovative high fashion, art and music platform set to revolutionize the way people interact with the fashion industry. Ahead of current styles and trends, a first glance at this opening spread makes it apparent they aren’t afraid to push the envelope. Artful sculptures made of coke cans, m&m’s, tide boxes and ipads. Visibly, there are some powerful creative forces at play.

I applaud the magazines positioning as well. “VIRGINE is seeking ways to increase societies’ devotion to charity contribution, so every issue our magazine’s first page will be dedicated to charity oriented advertisements.

In addition, we want to create a fashion platform that serves as a bridge between top industry professionals and up-and-coming artists to be showcased side by side under the esthetic and standards of VIRGINE.

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Piet Hein Eek

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, is well known for his innovative use of repurposed materials. He often works with scrap wood to design furniture, which is at the same time rustic, and modern. He is incredibly creative in his fabrication. Piet Hein Eek’s work typically uses one material type en-masse, to create sculptural formations to serve his desired function. His latest design work utilizes salvaged pipes to create functional, artful furniture objects.
His new line of pipe furniture was on display at Rossana Orlandi, during Design Week in Milan. I learned of this while reading design boom this week, so I visited the artists website to learn more about these fantastic pieces. I would love to own these, and find the sculptural quality and simplicity of form absolutely beautiful. Take a peek.
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Bennett Robot Works

Hello. Nice to meet you. My name is Bud. Bud is the imaginative creation of artist Gordon Bennett. Standing 13” tall, this collection of parts and pieces, beautifully composed, encapsulates a spirit within. Mr. Bennett’s robots are whimsical, yet painstakingly precise in their execution. The detailing of each object and connection is exquisite. I appreciate the time taken to craft each one of the robot identities, and the insight provided to their implied personality by their given name.

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Curtis Jere

 

I was recently shopping for vintage furniture, when a fabulous wall sculpture caught my eye. Could it be I had just laid eyes on an authentic Curis Jere?  

I looked with cautious excitement, as there are many knock offs of the highly collectible work of the design team of Jerry Fels and Kurt Freiler. Together they launched Artisan House in 1964. They began creating costume jewelry and brightly enameled copper work in the 1950's and 1960's. Later, the team became known for their highly ornamental wall sculptures, like their best known 1970's composition above titled "Raindrops". 

 

So who was Curtis Jere anyway? All of the authentic work is signed "C. Jere", and notes the production date. The identification represents a creative contraction of the partners names, which lead many to believe it was the work of a single artist. Did my found object have the appropriate markings?  Yes!

This brand identity was marketed by retailers like Gumps. The tag, like the one pictured below, was often attached to artwork to convey a purchase of a one of a kind piece. The manufacturing process is most successful, as these jewel-like objects were in fact mass produced, yet look handmade.

 

 

The work of C. Jere has become so sought after, that interior designer Johnathan Adler has recently made arrangements with the firm to reproduce several of their most famous designs. Raindrops round mirror is one of the pieces offered by Adler. Prices are a fraction of an original at auction.

 

Original work of C. Jere can be found on Ebay and 1st Dibbs, or if you are lucky like I was, in vintage shops and estate sales.  Happy Hunting!

 

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