Archive for the ‘sculpture’ Category

the words don’t fit or the medium is the message

April 16, 2014

Photo by derfrankie • Instagram.


paper works by Joanne Hummel Newell

April 10, 2014


Nice  work  by Joanne Hummel Newell.

writing on the wall

April 2, 2014

An interactive exhibition by Annie Albagli, held in the Commonwealth Gallery in the Fall of 2007 .

the forest of signs

April 1, 2014

found here: The Forest of Signs (Budding Artists – Detail) 2008.

The Forest of Signs (Apple Record) 2008 

The Forest of Signs (Brake) 2008 


color pencils

August 30, 2012

“Colour Pencils” by Jonna Pohjalainen on via Handmade Charlotte.

This cheers me up immensely.

paper friends

August 30, 2012

collage :

Autorretrato | Flickr .

Libro de poemas de Carlos Ramos | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

I like the strange collages by Blanca Helga. There is a lot more of her work to see on her website and also on Flickr. She sells her Paper Friends on Etsy.

cross-stitched books

August 19, 2012

Lauren DiCioccio : Objects : cross-stitched books.

book paradise

August 16, 2012

The Art of Reading by Kay Kremerskothen

vineyard by Ruben.d

“Massimo Bartolini’s impressive green outdoor library titled Bookyard was constructed by the artist in the idyllic vineyard of St. Peter’s Abbey in the Belgian town of Ghent. It is part of the  Track art festival, and visitors are invited to take a book along in exchange for a small donation.” The first image and quote were taken from here : The Art of Reading by Kay Kremerskothen. More pictures hereBookyard 

Shame about the fact that rain and snow usually do not go well together with books. This would be my idea of paradise, a library in the middle of an orchard.

tree of books

August 15, 2012

Ha, this one goes with my winter theme in the middle of summer.

Bookshelf Porn.

yes and no

September 26, 2011

Yes – No sculpture by Markus Raetz. found on Le Quattro Stagioni.

petrified books

September 12, 2011

“Petrified Book”

“Pod 2010”

“Lorem ipsum I”

Book Sculptures by  Jacqueline Rush Lee 

altered books: tree of codes

January 21, 2011



Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer is the second book published by Visual Editions, according to S.Oliveros “Tree of Codes has done something no other literature has done before, and that is; every page has a different die-cut. It is a sculptural masterpiece as well as being an incredible story.”

I did not realize altering book is part of a contemporary trend, when I started blogging about them. There is a growing collection of altered books on my blog, so I am considering atarting a new category.  This one looks particularly interesting as it becomes a sculpture while remaining a readable book. So delicate.

making things

September 18, 2010

YES – The Big Art Project.
Campaign concept and creative direction for broadcaster Channel 4’s initiative ‘The Big Art Project’. The series set out to create six pieces of art across Britain with the input of the general public. A 15ft typographic sculpture was designed and fabricated to represent the art that would be created throughout the series. The identity was used in print and and for 20, 40 and 60 second TV spots directed by James Griffiths.

Which reminds me, David Gauntlett has posted excerpts of his new book “Making is Connecting.” Looking forward to this.

tongue twister

June 8, 2010

This sculpture by artist Jean-Luc Cornec is called Scheiterhaufen-Zungenbrecher, which means funeral pyre of tongue-twisters.  It reminds me of this sculpture by Cleas Oldenburg, which I referred to in an earlier post here.

notes in a bottle

April 18, 2010

Photo by Andy Lochire

Bottle of Notes is a sculpture by Cleas Oldenburg, completed in 1993, it is a magnificent piece of public art in Middlesbrough, UK, home of voyager and mapmaker James Cook. On the inside is written “I like to remember sea-gulls in full flight gliding over the ring of canals”, taken from “Memos of a gadfly” a poem written by the designer van Bruggen in 1987 and based on recollections of his Amsterdam childhood. Outside is a quotation from Captain Cook’s journal “we had every advantage we could desire in observing the whole of the passage of the Planet Venus over the sun’s disc” according to Middlesbrough Council.

more books

April 9, 2010

Book sculptures by Paul Octavious here:

art and maps (8) Ron Arad

April 9, 2010

Designer Ron Arad on show at the Timothy Taylor gallery, London, this week. The exhibition, filled with voluptuous aluminium and mirror sculptures, features an installation called Oh, the Farmer and the Cowman Should be Friends (shown here) as its centrepiece.

From the Guardian

heaven and earth

September 12, 2009


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Another exibition I saw earlier summer in London, which left a lasting impression: “Heaven & Earth” by Richard Long at the Tate Britain. I did not bring a camera so here are images found on FLickr . I particularly liked some of the massive installations and large wall painings like this “Mud Wall”.  I felt they had to be experienced by walking around the exhibition space, rather that standing or sitting, as usual. This gave me a better understanding also of his other work about walking landscapes, embodied expierences of land, earth and sky. There are hundreds of photos – more of Richard Long’s work on Flickr.

tangled alphabets

May 1, 2009
Detail from Letter to a Genera 1963, by Leon Ferrari

Tangled Alphabets is a current exhibition at the MOMA in New York about the work of Mira Schendel and León Ferrari, There is also a publication. 

León Ferrari (Argentine, b. 1920) and Mira Schendel (Brazilian, b. Switzerland, 1919–1988) are considered among the most significant artists working in Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century. Their works address language as a major visual subject matter: the visual body of language, the embodiment of voices as words and gestures, and language as a metaphor of the worldly aspect of human existence through the eloquence of naming and writing. They produced their works in the neighboring countries of Argentina and Brazil throughout the 1960s and 1980s, when the question of language was particularly central to Western culture due to the central role taken by post-structuralism, semiotics, and the philosophy of language. Although their drawings, sculptures, and paintings are contemporary with the birth of Conceptualism, they are distinctively different, and have not yet been exhibited in their entirety in the United States.

The exhibition can be viewed in detail also through an interactive flash site.

Detail from Objetos Graficos by Mira Schendel, 1972

This piece is really a sculpture, and should be seen large. I love the way the alphabet swirls out of the vortex, a galaxy in the making, a big bang. In biblical cosmology “in the beginning there was the word,” in Asian cosmology in the beginning there was the sound, the AUM. Here we have vision of how the language and signs came into being.

The Letter to the General above is beautiful piece of calligraphy in an imaginary script as a part of a series of “deformed writing”. It reminds me of “pretend writing” – emergent writing of children. Apparently the artist said “it is difficult to write a ‘logical’ letter to a general” so there we have a play with nonsense and mystery.

See also Shaker visual poetry, love letters and the slow act of writing.

books sculpture

April 9, 2009


Alicia Martin: Biografias – Cascade of books uploaded on Flickr by library_mistress

I keep discovering sculptures made out of books; this seems to be a current trend. Linz in Upper Austria is currently European Capital of Culture and this cascade of books is pouring out of a window onto a main street.

the art of lost words

April 2, 2009


Filipendulous by Thomas Manss & Co

Text/gallery is a new gallery  “a new experimental showcase for  art and design projects inspired by the printed  and written word.” Most of the current exhibition THE ART OF LOST WORDS fails to grab my imagination, but then again I have seen it only online. I like the mobile above though!


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