Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam is a celebrated Japanese artist who’s most famous for using crochet and kitting in her work. In the 1990s, she was unveiling one of her larger crochet pieces at a museum when two children asked if they could play on it. This gave her the idea to create gorgeous crochet playgrounds all over Japan, photos of which have only been available online in the past week or so. We think this is an amazing, exciting project to bring art — and fun! — to kids of all ages!
Beth Hoeckel is a mixed media artist and photographer who’s well known for putting together surreal collages of landscapes and vintage advertisements and illustrations. Instead of photoshop, she works entirely with scissors, paper and glue to create these amazing images. Her work has been featured as album art, editorial illustrations, and in art exhibitions around the country. We think she’d be a great addition to the Love and Water community because she has a gorgeous eye for detail and her images are extremely captivating!
This piece is entitled Solar Eclipse. It’s been sold already, but you can but some of her other prints on her website!
This is a sculpture by Wim Botha, a sculptor from South Africa who creates amazing, choppy-looking pieces out of books and wood. This particular piece is entitled Fuze and is made of charred fire-resistant pine, wood, and lacquer. Isn’t it beautiful?
Berndnaut Smilde is a Dutch artist who is most well known for his amazing sculptures of clouds. That’s right, the picture below is not photoshopped — that’s a “real” cloud hovering in the room you’re seeing! Smilde uses a combination of smoke, water vapor, and dramatic lighting to create these temporary works of art that exist only as photos. You can check out the rest of his beautiful images here.
When you think of “burning” and art, you probably first thing of book burning and censorship, or you think of giant flaming sculptures like the one at Burning Man. Crontrolled word burning is actually an art form in and of itself, however, and it’s called pyrography, which literally means “writing with fire” in Greek. It’s also known as pokerwork, because the artist typically uses tools resembling hot pokers to get the right temperature (and therefore, the right shade) for their creations.
As with water marbling, which we featured last week, wood burning is an ancient form practiced by many different cultures such as the Egypt, several African tribes, and China. It’s also a folkart in many Eastern European cultures as well. It became popular in Western Europe during the Victorian era, and while the process is often automated now, there are still a lot of great independent artists who use more traditional methods, such as Julie Bender, Daniel Tate, and Donna Lee. Check out what her work looks like below!
Dale Chihuly is a sculptor who specializes in glasswork and has created art in this medium for over forty years. His work has been featured in over 200 museums all over the world, including the Victoria and Albert museum in London and he has has created more than a dozen well-known series of works. His dedication to such a dangerous medium is inspiring, and that’s why we’re including him in our series of notable artists!
Andrew Carson is a sculptor from Boulder, Colorado, and he’s always been fascinated with the movement of weather. As a teen he experimented with creating windmills and whirligigs out of bicycle frames and old gears, and after he returned from the University of Washington with a B.A. in photography, he decided to devote his attention to these gorgeous wind sculptures. His work has been been installed in all 50 states, and he’s even available for private commissions!
This piece is featured on his homepage. It’s so unique that we can’t think of a charity to pair it with – what do you guys think?
Koh Sang Woo is a South Korean photographer and painted who moved to the United States in 1994 and now works in New York City. His solo exhibitions have gone all over the world, from Chicago to Hong Kong, and is frequently featured at the Armory show in New York. In order to get the intense color effect that identifies his work, he paints directly on the bodies on his portrait subjects and then reverses the photograph image in post-production so that everything is distorted. The effect is, as one critic puts it, “a kind of release and defiance, beautifully rendered.” Koh believes primarily in challenging the fundamental ideas of beauty so that they are all-encompassing and deeply emotional, and this desire the break convention is why we think he perfectly represents what the community at Love and Water should be!
Martin Waugh is a fine artist and photographer living in Portland who specializes in absolutely breathtaking images of water droplets. Using a high speed camera and various speeds, sizes, and colors of liquid drops, he is able to capture the flow of natural, beautiful water, which he refers to as “liquid sculpture.” His images have been used in many advertisements, magazines, and other graphic designs, and even on the Discovery show Time Warp! His work has also been featured in museums all across Portland.
This image is from his website – we think it would go great with the charity Abundant Water!
Rusty Oliver is a Seattle-based sculptor who specializes in pieces that actually incorporate propane and flames, not just in their construction but in the actual sculptures themselves (which he tends to label as “performances”). At his studio, Hazard Factory, he also teaches welding classes (especially to local teenagers), sponsors construction workshops, and is organizing a flaming tetherball league. We think he’s be a great contribution to the Love and Water community because he uses his creative mind to make art out of unlikely sources, and seeks to share his engineering gifts with his local community!
This is a series of “Ruebens’ tubes” that pulsate along with a beat. It’s so unlike anything we’ve covered before that we’re not sure what charity would link up with this type of artwork! Any suggestions, readers?