relational abstraction : megan prince

I came across Megan Prince's work at the EFA Studios last weekend. This wall installation was quite stunning in person (made of string and nails). Her work seems to mostly be about personal relationships – she specifically refers to it as "relational abstraction." I'm fascinated by the use of materials like fiber and thread and her soft sculptures. I love all the weaving and interlocking. It reminds me of numerous woven materials I grew up around in the Philippines (though those are typically made of plant materials). These soft sculptures really beg to be touched and beautiful to look at.

inspired manuscripts : artist cui fei

Another amazing artist from EFA Studios that I had a chance to meet briefly this past weekend is Cui Fei. She's of Chinese descent, living here in the US. Her work explores the interconnectedness of all beings in nature and the unique perspective of being of two cultural points of view (which is something I really relate to). Her pieces are a kind of a "manuscript symbolizing voiceless messages in nature that are waiting to be discovered and heard." They function almost like journals, marking the passing of time.

I think her work is so incredibly beautiful. I am totally in awe.

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the nature of beauty : kate mcguire

I've been following the work of UK artist Kate McGuire for some time. I love the direction she's going in her most recent work. I love the use of organic materials (like pigeon feathers) to create other – and unexpected – organic forms. Her work elicits a visceral response, it challenges and redefines your perception and personal definition of beauty. I also expect her pieces to start to move or flow. Interesting that the titles of some of the pieces reference those human, visceral reactions. I find her work so incredibly fascinating.

beer can butterflies : paul villinski

These butterflies that are made from discarded beer cans. Beer cans. The artist behind this is Paul Villinski, a New York based artist with a lifelong fascination for flight. He also happens to be a pilot of sailplanes and paragliders. Flight is the central theme in his work. Each of the butterflies he cuts out of beer cans is unique. I love the metaphor of transformation in this piece. Beautiful.

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jennifer maestre : the fluid and the sharp

I am in awe of Jennifer Maestre's sculptures. They are all one inch pencil segments that are all sewn together the way beads are sewn together. The original inspiration behind them is the sea urchin. I love the contrast of fluidity/softness with sharp. The fact that they are all made with such an ordinary object (pencils) is very interesting. The pencils also allow for an innovative play of color. I love the way these sculptures really challenge the viewer. They are simultaneously beautiful and grotesque... almost horrific.

science and art on paper : matt shlian

With a background in sculpture, book arts, print design and paper engineering, Matt Shlian crosses the disciplines of science and art. His sculpture is of particular interest to me. I am amazed by it from both an aesthetic perspective as well as from a scientific one. He looks to science as a basis for his work and as a way of understanding the human body from a molecular level. Beautiful and fascinating.

The idea behind misfold is based on the idea that the root cause of Alzeheimer's disease is protein misfolding. Amazing.

storm king and the art of maya lin

I've been a huge fan of the work of artist and architect, Maya Lin. So I was thrilled to learn of her current exhibit at the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY. It had been a few years since I visited Storm King and was wanting a great excuse to return. It is an awe-inspiring place – 500 acres of rolling hills and wooded areas of the Hudson Highlands dotted throughout with beautiful sculpture and environmental art. The late-summer weather was also perfect for a day-long stroll through so much beauty and imagination.

Below are images of the Maya Lin exhibit inside the Storm King museum building entitled Bodies of Water. The exhibit showcases the artist's interest in water and it's various states. An interesting statement is also being made about the effect of industrial pollution on the environment. This was a gorgeous exhibit!

Below are more images of some of my favourites from Storm King's permanent collection as well as the surrounding landscape...

Schunnemunk Fork by Richard Serra (my all time favourite piece)

Several pieces all by Alexander Calder

Mother Peace by Mark di Suvero
Beethoven's Quartet by Mark di Suvero

inspired drawings : leah raintree

Stunning is a word I would use to describe New York-based artist Leah Raintree's work. Although her more recent work deals more with anatomy and the body as machine, I was instantly drawn to this floral sculptural piece entitled Bloom Field. Almost everything we look at these days is computer generated, I'm awe-inspired of her ink drawings on hand-made paper. They are just absolutely beautiful. I also love the way she translated this drawing into 3-D onto Corian.

works of paper : artist noriko ambe

Noriko Ambe is an amazing, New York-based Japanese artist who works with paper. Though meticulous cutting of layer upon layer of paper, she achieves these amazing topographic, architectural and organic landscapes. I can't even imagine the patience and control it must take to create her pieces! Some of them require the cutting and gluing of hundreds of layers of paper. The material and the process are more important to her than the result. However, the end product so incredibly beautiful. I am absolutely blown away...

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beautiful bamboo sculptures: sopheap pich

These delicate bamboo sculptures by Cambodian artist, Sopheap Pich are mesmerizing. These pieces are part of an exhibition called Forever Until Now in a Hong Kong gallery. Some look insect or plant pod-like but scaled to human proportions. Other pieces look human in giant proportions. It's an interesting use of the material, beautiful. If it weren't for the bamboo, they would look futuristic.