Friday, September 12, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Student Work

Tracing paper, wire and gel medium.

Michael Mapes, Artist

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,'' said Aristotle, a phrase often quoted in scientific fields such as gestalt psychology – but which can also lead to monstrous results if misunderstood, as Mary Shelley so luridly demonstrated in her classic, ‘Frankenstein’. Using a technique similar to that of Dr. Frankenstein’s, without however being so atrocious and nightmarish, American artist Michael Mapes creates, or sometimes re-creates, portraits of people by putting together pieces of photos and other objects, all placed in cases reminiscent of the cabinets used by entomologists for their insect collections. Intentionally forensic in their aesthetic, Mapes’ portraits are like swarms of smaller portraits of the person they depict: tiny versions of the original portrait or dissected parts of it are pinned on the board, or are sometimes set inside small transparent vials and behind magnifying lenses just like scientific samples. Having created many portraits of people in this way, more recently Michael Mapes has begun a series of works based on famous portraits by great Dutch painters from the 16th-17th centuries.

Image and text from Yatzer. Link here.

Brain Frandsen with Ege Carpets, Designers

250 Layers of Carpet

Danish carpet manufacturer Ege Carpets and young designer Brian Frandsen were recently teamed up to create the project Face to Face. Ege Carpets is traditionally known for their innovative designs, environmental considerations, and uncompromising quality. Frandsen is a recent industrial and fashion design graduate. The collaboration brought standard 2D carpet designs to new, three-dimensional levels.
According to the Ege Carpet website, “Face to Face is brash and personal: Brian Frandsen’s own face has been scanned and used as a pattern for the many carpets that have been cut out and placed vertically and in layers.” The fresh and unconventional design incorporates 250 pieces of carpet layered together to construct Frandsen’s three-dimensional self-portrait.
Together with six leading Danish companies, Kolding School of Design presents the exhibition project The Tube at I Saloni in Milan. The completed Face to Face design will be presented there from now through April 22, 2012.
Image and text source My Modern Met. Link here.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Billie Mertens, Artist

Source link here.

Monica Stauffer, Student Work

An example of Figure (positive/negative space)

A detail of Shadow Box (foreground, middle, background)