Japanese artist Akira Nagaya creates insanely intricate paper cuttings called kirie that look like delicate pencil drawings or wire sculptures.
Nagaya discovered his talent in his early 20s when he was learning sasabaran – a technique for cutting food decorations from bamboo leaves at sushi shops. When he practiced on his own using paper and a utility knife, he realized that he was good at it and that he enjoyed it. Only later in his life, though, did he start to look at his paper cuttings as art and display them to the public.
Born in Recife, Brazil, in 1962, Mozart studied architecture at University Federal of Pernambuco and obtained his degree in 1986. He worked as a set designer for theatre, cinema, and TV in Brazil while developing in parallel his work as a sculptor.
Mozart has been living and working in Paris since 1992 and has taken part in several individual and collective exhibits in art saloons and art galleries in Brazil, France, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Luxemburg and Italy.
Auguste Clésinger (1814-1883), Femme Mordue par un Serpent - 1847
Sylvia Evers makes her ceramic sculptures, poetic, hushed performances, by using the human body, symbolic acts and animal forms. Use Her animals sometimes have human traits and people sometimes something animal thing. One by Evers often depicted animal is the deer, armed with horns or antlers just made a pile of clothes for the next day, or as victims themselves thoroughly reflective of the hunt. Evers can thus display a deer, as if you’ve discovered the net itself in the deserted woods. They do the same with a human figure. Again, you get the feeling of being unobserved and vulnerable in existence. It usually white colored ceramic enhances the look of innocence and beauty of the images. Recurring themes in his work Evers vulnerability and introspection. Besides these introspective silence, she reflects on the interaction between doubt and belief. "Beauty lies before me in the human inability, close to the emotions and desires, inherent existence. Therein lies the existential struggle in which no one escapes. “
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Wassily Kandinsky, “Dance Curves: On the Dances of Palucca” (1926)
Dancer and choreographer Gret Palucca (1902-1993) was a former student of Mary Wigman, the leading figure in German Expressionist dance. In 1925, Palucca opened her own dance studio in Dresden and developed close contacts with various Bauhaus instructors, many of whom greatly admired her dance style. Wassily Kandinsky’s four “analytical drawings,” which were based on photographs of Palucca by Charlotte Rudolph, illustrate how closely the dancer’s style coincided with the Bauhaus aesthetic. The drawings and photographs were published in the arts journal Das Kunstblatt in 1926. According to Kandinsky, Palucca’s “principal assets” were “1. Simplicity of the whole form, and 2. Construction of the large form.”
Setting soft and supple nudes against graphic patterns and textures, Brooklyn-based painter Sharon Sprung utilizes the tension between abstraction and realism to appease her own inner dichotomies and create art that expresses emotional complexities. But unlike many artists who muddle the polarities of figuration and abstraction into ambiguity, Sprung leaves them distinct, engendering a contrast that intensifies the impact of each.
Sprung’s figures are palpable. Whether it’s a fullness of flesh alive with the sheen of sweat or the poignant delicacy of back bones protruding through thin, pale skin. Her models give the impression that they could relinquish their pose and walk off the canvas at any moment, a realism heightened by leaving their imperfections intact — a woman’s tan lines, a sag of skin, and natural creases.