Trapped behind glass cases, the miniature human subjects of Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals unabashedly perform daily rituals normally veiled from the outside world. The stunning pieces afford viewers with a whimsical type of voyeuristic indulgence. Like children before a set of dolls, we are invited to examine the many mundane moments that compose adult life, breathing life and meaning into each dollhouse-like setup with our own ... Read More
We’re surrounded with a uniform image of the vulva— in pornography, in erotic art, and even in scientific diagrams. Without access to diverse images, our culture shames women for the shapes and sizes of our labia, clitorises, and vaginas, and more and more women are encouraged to consider invasive procedures like labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation surgery. The vagina as an icon is political; it can be used to make women feel objectified and judged, ... Read More
This week, the first ever middle aged man enrolled in the all-girls Wellesley College. Well, almost. As part of the artist Tony Matelli’s exhibit, which will be open for the duration of the semester, a lifelike figure titled Sleepwalker will roam the campus. Appearing from a distance like middle aged man, arms outstretched, the sculpture has already stirred controversy.
The college junior Zoe Magid is disturbed by the work, and ... Read More
Etymologically, Kama Sutra emerges from the Sanskrit words for love and ritual or the more literal thread. The idea serves as inspiration for the Cuban artist Erik Ravelo, a resident at Fabrica, the artists’ grant institution associated with United Colors of Benneton. In his series, Lana Sutra, meaning both wool ritual or wool thread, Ravelo constructs erotic threaded sculptures made from plaster casts and yarn.
The works are ... Read More
Meet the installation artist’s Lucy Glendinning’s “Feather Child:” a downey hybrid, the bird/human rests quietly in fetal position, moving only slightly in her sleep. With this offering, Glendinning asks viewers if “we [will] be able to resist” the potential to genetically enhance our human experiences. Inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus, she imagines future humans treating our DNA as a medium of expression and ... Read More
BY Nina K. Guzman in Artsy on Jan 15, 2014 |
"Ugly has never looked so beautiful" is a phrase that comes to mind when looking at Jessica Stoller's ceramic sculptures. Feminine yet abrasive, this series looks at the female experience through a grotesque lens. I always believed that nothing was more horrific and weird than being a girl. Stoller's works of art purposefully focus on the underlying paradox of femininity, which in one hand is all about pink and ruffles and "prettiness" yet ... Read More
When I was a little girl, I had a collection of ceramic Victorian women in full petticoats and gowns. They were enduringly precious to me, and yet my clumsy fingers always proved disastrous for the delicate dolls. They lost everything from their parasols to their heads, and yet I kept them on my chest of drawers well into adulthood; in fact, they’re still there.
As I learned more about constructed Victorian womanhood, I realized the ... Read More
BY Katharine Ernst in Artsy on Jul 12, 2013 |
Haze, 2003, Plastic Straws
The materials an artist uses clearly says something about their aesthetic, but at the same time a material can be neutral enough to be transformative. Such is the case with Tara Donovan, who, by using humble, everyday materials such as plastic cups and straws, manages to create ephemeral spaces in which the viewer gets tricked. I say tricked because by utilizing utilitarian materials, Donovan provides the viewer with a passage into the ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan in Artsy on Jun 03, 2013 |
My Milk Toof is a series of stories inspired by baby teeth. I'd never heard of the term before, but artist Inhae Renee Lee is fascinated by "milk teeth," AKA your primary teeth. She created two itty-bitty BFF tooth characters, ickle and Lardee (intentional uncapitalization), who go on adventures in their home, sometimes with their pet fish, Carrot. ickle, the smart studious "toof," and Lardee, the plump, fun-loving "toof," are made of polymer clay and painted with ... Read More
BY Intern Lauren in Artsy on Jul 20, 2012 |
Think you want that pencil case? Think again—unless you get some sort of fulfillment out of carrying bricks around in your bag—because that thing is made of stone. I don't mean it lacks emotions. It is literally carved out of stone.
By using ordinary river rocks (similar to that one you may or may not have stubbed your toe on when you were tubing with your friends) as his canvas, Japanese artist Hirotoshi Itoh molds his unconventional mediums to ... Read More