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Wire these drawings so amazing?

CW Roelle wire drawing 6Take a look at these drawings by Providence, RI based artist CW Roelle. We were intrigued just as much by the unique choice of medium and the effort involved as we were by Roelle’s unusual choice of subject matter. “What, drawings made out of wire? Oh, okay. What, drawings made out of wire of a guy moving his lawn? Whaa-?!”
You can see more of his intricate work in our very own neck of the woods at 13FOREST Gallery in Arlington, MA – many of the pieces are for sale.

CW Roelle wire drawing 4

CW Roelle wire drawing 2

CW Roelle wire drawing 5

CW Roelle wire drawing 3

CW Roelle wire drawing 1

CW Roelle wire drawing 1 detail


The biggest and easiest way to open a bottle of wine

Corkscrew-in-cellarWhen you open up a bottle of wine to enjoy this holiday season, will you do so with trepidation? Do you sometimes break the cork, or are you a master corkscrew artist? Either way, you could save yourself the time and trouble if you had this Rube Goldberg machine-style sculpture, The Corkscrew, in your home (altho’ it’d probably need its own room.)

ONEOEOFONE is a design firm based in Grantham, Lincolnshire outside of London. They commissioned Rob Higgs to build The Corkscrew. Higgs lives in Cornwall, which apparently is littered with old machine parts and mechanical items he finds on old farmsteads, boatyards, and in scrap-heaps. With them, he skillfully welds together these components to create his eccentric mechanical devices. Higgs’s bio says

Rob began to sell his work through The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre as well as working on collaborative commissions with Engineered Arts. His work has been exhibited widely across Europe.

In 2005 Rob was commissioned by The Eden Project in Cornwall to construct “The Nutcracker”, a mechanical sculpture measuring eight feet square by 35 feet high and weighing over four tons. He has also created a collaborative chainreaction film for the Science Museum.

Marcus Wilkinson of ONEOFONE met Rob through acquiring one of his artworks. He then commissioned Rob to build “The Corkscrew”, an ingenious mechanical device for opening a bottle and pouring a glass of wine.

The Junk King will turn you on to his dreams

Meet Vince Hannemann, otherwise known as the Junk King. He’s been doing installations and found-object art since he was 16. In 1989 he began collecting what eventually amounted to 60 tons of discarded items and used them to create an enormous cathedral. People would come to see it and Hannemann describes much of their interaction with the structure as spiritual. He says that even the children who visited were essentially praying when they played there. Watch this 6 minute video by Evan Burns to find out what happened when the city of Austin, Texas declared the cathedral unsafe and made him take it down.


Kris Kuksi’s sculptures will haunt and excite you

These assemblages are unlike anything we’ve seen before, online or elsewhere. To look at them you would think the artist was an ancient soul, driven mad by a tragic love affair and probably with a European upbringing in the 17th century. But 39-year old Kris Kuksi comes from a blue-collar family and grew up in an isolated corner of Kansas. He’s always had an interest in the grotesque and the macabre, which led him to create his overly involved and intricate sculptures. His artist statement says that the process “requires countless hours to assemble, collect, manipulate, cut, and re-shape thousands of individual parts, finally uniting them into an orchestral-like seamless cohesion that defines the historical rise and fall of civilization and envisions the possible future(s) of humanity.” We’re guessing that it would take almost as long to study these in person as it took to make one. They often include references to iconic gods and goddesses and other imagery of the Baroque fused with pieces from our modern world. His work has received several awards and has been featured in over 100 exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide including the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. We encourage you to check out his website because what you see here is just the tip of the iceberg.

What kind of animal would a pencil be?

Jennifer Maestre sculpts pencil creatures. They were originally inspired by the form and function of sea urchins while she was attending the Mass College of Art.

The spines of the urchin, so dangerous yet beautiful, serve as an explicit warning against contact. The alluring texture of the spines draws the touch in, in spite of the possible consequences. There is a true fragility to the sometimes brutal aspect of the sculptures, vulnerability that is belied by the fearsome texture.
To make the pencil sculptures, I take hundreds of pencils, cut them into 1-inch sections, drill a hole in each section (to turn them into beads), sharpen them all and sew them together. The beading technique I rely on most is peyote stitch.

Yikes, sounds tedious. But the result is unforgettable. Some of these look as tho’ they could stretch their legs and jump away. As well as the sculptural aspect, we appreciate the different shades and shapes of color that the pencils allow. There’s the color of the wood itself, the color of the tip/center, the outside of the pencil, and in some cases even the color of the eraser and it’s brass neck. Amazing!

Meet New England’s master chainsaw sculptor

The moment that local artist Jesse Green walked into our Milford location, it was obvious that we were in for a treat. He was carrying a Rubbermaid bin full of items and a label on the front that clearly read “Frame Me.”
Since 1997, Jesse “The Machine” Green has been “carving dreams into reality” with his trusty chainsaw. His business card declares “Trees and stumps transformed!!” The storage bin was chock-full of newspaper articles reporting his wide array of public and private sculptures. As we began working with him on the frame designs for each article, we realized that even tho’ we didn’t know Jesse, we recognized his work. His sculptures are all over the Greater Boston Metro area!
His website is full of photos and info about how The Machine has built such a huge body of work. There are plenty of videos showing how the sculptures take form. We like how he includes the story behind each of the featured commissions. We even learned some local history, like in this piece of Casey at the Bat –

Casey At The Bat, Mudville: “The classic American poem that’s said to originate in Holliston, MA! I was commissioned for this exciting project by “The Mayor Of Mudville” himself, a man named Bobby Blair and the assignment was to replace his ailing, original Casey Sculpture [which over the years had garnered national attention] with one that was a bit more Disney-like. The grand unveiling for the NEW Casey was held on the poem’s anniversary, it included a parade (which I participated in) and was attended by visitors from all over the country!!”

Harvard, MA: “This ‘organic form’ from an Ash Tree stump was a commission for a very well-known, very well-respected Landscape Architect named Mamie Wytrwal and her husband, Dave for their own, private residence!”

Chad Urmston, AKA: “Chadwick Stokes of the bands; Dispatch and State Radio! He commissioned me for this piece after reading about me in the paper and I carved it for him while he was in between tours, just weeks after Dispatch sold out 3 nights at Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden (where the Celtics and Bruins play)! Story is: Chad’s Great Great Great Great Great Great (I forget how many greats.. haha) Grandmother is THE FACE on the Liberty Penny also known as ‘The Indian Head Penny’. (He has the penny as a pretty good-size tattoo on his arm.) So we used her head and I imagined up a body to pull a spirit like no other out of this beautifully located, wonderful old tree on his family’s famed Cloudberry Farm!”

“One of the funniest commissions I’ve gotten to date! A Plumber Plunging An Exploding Toilet for Eldridge Plumbing And Heating on Pleasant St. in Ashland, MA. This project was featured in the 1st story that NPR did on me and has attracted LOTS of attention! Haha”

If it looks like Jesse is always smiling in these photos, it’s not just for the camera. He was like that in person, too – you can tell right away that he works so hard because he’s doing what he loves.

Kang Duck-Bong blurs reality

Korean artist Kang Duck-Bong makes sculptures that are going places. At least, they look like they are. He uses hundreds of pieces of PVC pipe that are cut just right and covered in a thick shellac of urethane paint. These are part of Duck-Bong’s solo show, “Disguise” currently on display at Gallery 4Walls in Seoul.

Photography, film, and video are still very young mediums in the history of art, so it’s interesting how they’ve influenced other forms of expression. Would this imagery have been as likely pre-film? Isn’t our familiarity with the moving picture part of why these abstract figures make sense to us?

Greg Brotherton’s dystopian sculptures will mesmerize you

We guarantee a completely unproductive hour or so of your online time if you go to Greg Brotherton’s website. His eerie sculptures, of which there are many, are practically hypnotic. You’ll find yourself trying to put these mechanized creepy-crawlies into some kind of context or narrative, which isn’t hard to do. They could be a prehistoric ancestor from the dreams of Edward Gorey and William Gibson. Telephones, antique cash registers, beer taps, and other repurposed objects are all fair game for Brotherton. Brotherton claims his work is “mythological in nature, revealed through a dystopian view of pop culture.” He also confesses that it’s compulsive. We like how he captures that in the way the different figures seem to spread out, morphing away from the various outmoded devices.

Kristiina Lahde’s got your number

Phone books? The yellow pages? Seriously, when was the last time you used one of those? We’re guessing that Kristiina Lahde used a bunch of ’em a lot more recently than you & everyone you know put together. See, she’s found a use for these tomes of names & numbers – art! After some deft cutting skills, she entitled this piece, appropriately enough, “Hive.” We love this- wait, is that an ad for a 24-hour plumber?

You want a puzzle box? I’ll show you a puzzle box!

In case you’ve given up on the internet as a wasteland of time-wasting memes and anti-social networks, take heart. Once in a while, one finds a gem that some talented individual has taken the time to share with anyone patient enough to find it. BoingBoing recently posted this work of art – and make no mistake, that is indeed what this contraption is – that some crafty fellow made as a gift for his girlfriend.

The box is composed of three 1/8″ layers. The inner layer is the basic shape, the intermediate layer houses every sliding/locking/rotating/puzzley component, and the outer layer is to make it look nice.

We really like how every time you think he’s reached the final step, there’s another trick to reveal. Curiouser and curiouser.