Thomas Demand’s Fascinating Film is Made from a Cruise Ship's Security Footage

Curator: Wendy MacNaughton
date: February 5, 2015
Categories: Art
Tags: sculpture, video
Similar to Vincent Tomczyk’s paper sculptures from yesterday's post, but all about the formalism, is Thomas Demand’s stop-motion paper sculpture film “Pacific Sun," which I saw at LACMA a couple weeks ago and was blown away. 

It was made using security footage from the interior of a cruise ship during a storm. You can watch the video here (video from his show at the Matthew Marks Gallery).
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How on Earth Does Vincent Tomczyk Make These Sculptures From Just Paper?

Curator: Wendy MacNaughton
date: February 4, 2015
Categories: Art
Tags: art, sculpture
The artist Vincent Tomczyk meticulously recreates objects like a pressed white shirt, a pair of jean shorts, a worn leather wallet, and a Corbusier bench entirely out of paper for total paper sculpture trompe l’oeils.
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Tim Hawkinson Draws the History of the World with a Giant Bloody Finger

Curator: Wendy MacNaughton
date: February 2, 2015
Categories: Art
Tags: drawing
This drawing/sculpture isn’t new (it’s from 1997), but it’s fantastic and is a great set up for the other paper-based items I'm excited to share with you this week. Tim Hawkinson drew this 96” x 144” drawing on paper by mounting it on rolls and drawing as he scrolled it vertically so only a three-foot window of paper was visible at any time. 

His use of paper is sculptural, both in the process of making it and in the installation, as is the tip of the index finger containing the markers he used to make the drawing. 

In Hawkinson's own words: "The imagery can be read as representative of the rise and fall of history's world powers, or as empires swallowing up diminishing ones and in turn taking their places. This drawing is akin to a timeline with no beginning and no end. It can also be read as a mapping of the internal structures of the human body (to include intestines, organs, and such). I originally saw this drawing as a scroll which could be read by following the images with one's index finger."

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4 Examples of Concrete as Sculpture

Curator: Brandon Ralph
date: January 9, 2015
Categories: Art
Tags:
I love the design of this German renewable hydroelectric power plant. Its smooth, bright white concrete surface and organic lines create a beautiful industrial sculpture on the riverbank.
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Mixed Use Concrete: The James DeWulf Ping Pong Dining Table

Curator: Brandon Ralph
date: January 8, 2015
Categories: Product Design
Tags: furniture
Designer James DeWulf has become well-known for his innovative work with concrete, but I’d argue that his Ping Pong Dining Table is one of his best pieces.
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