I didn’t get turned on to the unique sculptural style of John Chamberlain until his Spring 2012 Retrospective at The Guggenheim, at which point Chamberlain had only recently passed away. Chamberlain was best known for his dynamic sculptures created with scrap metal from salvaged cars, which are held in many public collections.
This piece, Dorkdorf (1988) is made from painted and chrome-plated steel and is very representative of his style. At this time this photo was taken (July 2014) it was on exhibit in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, though the piece is privately owned, so there is no telling how long it will remain on public view.
John Chamberlain was considered to be a master of creative re-use and he continues to inspire many artists to use found metal in their art. He died at his home in Manhattan on December 20th, 2011 at the age of 84.
Claes Oldenburg, Tartines, 1964,Plaster painted with Tempera, on Porcelain Plates, Glass and Metal Case (Photos By Gail)
If there is one artist whose work consistently brings a smile to my face, it is pop art sculptor Claes Oldenburg, who is best known for his larger than life soft sculptures of food and huge, lifelike replicas of ordinary objects. Possibly because I am obsessed with art, food, and art that looks like food, I really find myself drawn to this work, a glass disly case filled with an array of Tartines (a tartine is an open-faced sandwich with a spread on top). I love it.
Tartines is part of the collection of Martin Z. Margulies, and was photographed by me in March of 2014 while on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
The above pictured sculpture, Suspended Objects (2011) was created by artist Hassan Sharif from countless long strands made up of multi-colored yarns, twine, string and wire, tied together and also wrapped around bits of plastic, foam and other found objects. It’s super colorful and reminds me of a big Jellyfish.
Suspended Objects is part of the Here and Elsewhere group show now on exhibit at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, previously discussed in this post, so click that link for more information!
Artist Ugo Rondinone’s Hell, Yes rainbow sculpture, which previously adorned the façade of the New Museum of Contemporary Art when the building opened in 2007, now adorns these nice coffee mugs, sold in the Museum’s Gift Shop!
The Absolutely Naked Fragrance, 1967, Plywood Covered with Fiberglass and Resin By John McCracken (All Photos By Gail)
John McCracken (American, 1934–2011) began producing his vibrant monochrome Planks in 1966. While the polished resin surface captures the aesthetic of surfing and car culture unique to Southern California in the 1960s, the title — The Absolutely Naked Fragrance — was drawn from advertising slogans in fashion magazines.
The work’s interaction with both the floor and wall is meant to call attention to the space occupied in the gallery by both viewer and object.
“I see the plank as existing between two worlds,” McCracken said. “The floor representing the physical world of standing objects, trees, cars, buildings, human bodies, and everything, and the wall representing the world of the imagination, illusionistic painting space, human mental space and all that.”
The Absolutely Naked Fragrance is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
In a backyard garden in Austin, Texas, lush with native succulents and clusters of Baby Doll Heads on Sticks, artist Scott Stevens has built a unique totem to his favorite musical performer, Alice Cooper. Scott has given Worleygig.com an exclusive on this larger than life representation of Cooper’s iconic eye makeup and how the sculpture came to be.
“I started with a discarded metal fence pole set in a concrete plug,” Scott explains. “Once that was in the ground, I cast a concrete footer around the plug for stability. I used found metal pieces, lathing, tar paper, and lots of bell wire to tie it all together. To create the form I used Portland cement mixed with sand on top of the armature (metal framework). I learned a lot about methods and materials while putting the sculpture together.”
“The totem changes color — ranging from blue green to blackish, depending on the time of day and on the position of the sun. Although Alice’s makeup is black, I didn’t want a big black piece in the middle of all the green cacti. Home Depot pulled through for me again with an exterior satin latex that was mixed to match Liquitex Green Permanent Deep. I dug the hole on Feb 1st and finished painting on July 5th, 2014.
Scott continues that, “It was truly a labor of love – during which I battled loads of mosquitoes! I had been working on drawings of the idea for years and I was motivated to build it this year because Alice was playing a show here in Austin on July 15th (on his tour with Motley Crüe) and I was hoping he would come to visit my yard! I saw him also in Dallas on the 16th – he blew the Crüe off the stage at both stows – and will see him again in Houston on October 11th.”
Crystal Star with Javelins, 1977, Glass and Steel (Photo By Gail)
Stars and Javelins are two reoccurring themes in the work of Italian sculptor, performance artist and conceptual artist Gilberto Zorio (Born 1944), who is an artist I admit I don’t know much about. I like the reflective qualities of this piece however, and the fact that it is a sculpture mounted on the wall, which is always fun. Crystal Star with Javelins is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.