Sunday, November 6, 2011

Incredible objects by Rita Grendze

Rita Grendze is a sculptor that lived and worked in New York City and now resides in Geneva, Illinois. Her sculptures are made from varying materials including steel and found objects. 

Grendze made the found object piece Fireplace after a long, tiring day of walking in the city. In observing the piece, it does exude a certain kind of hostile energy akin to the city; it's as if the piece might spontaneously burst into flames before the viewers eyes, just as Grendze felt like her feet were on fire after walking all day. Grendze’s steel sculpture Bountiful is more focused on contradiction, she uses welded steel in this piece to portray natural objects inspired by farming. The piece then becomes a bounty of obviously hand-welded steel as opposed to a bounty of homegrown food. This creates the contrast between city and country, man made and manufactured.



Lisa Whiting's Synapse

Lisa Whiting’s whimsical piece entitled "Synase" is entirely hand knitted, felted, and then stuffed with rice. The piece comments on the idea of meditating on knitting, and registering how the artist’s thoughts combine together both literally and metaphorically. Whiting says that in making the piece, “the knit became a montra”, she became completely absorbed in the process. Whiting is a local Chicago artist and she owns a knitting shop in Andersonville called Sifu Design Studio.

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Each "synapse" was created by an individual pattern. The pieces were then felted- a process of running the knitted construction through heat and moisture to matt the fibers together. 

The tubes were also felted but fitted with electrical conduit to hold its form.

Photographs by Mieke Zuiderweg, Posting by Emily Eddy

Friday, November 4, 2011

Robert Burnier at Las Manos Gallery

Artist Robert Burnier's paper sculptures have graced the pedestals of Las Manos
Gallery for the past several months. The work was meticulously created by
observing the multiple angles and planes of a single crumpled piece of paper.
The lines were traced, transferred into Google Sketchup and augmented into
3D shapes. The possibilities of this single crumpled sheet are endless...

Yupo paper is a actually plastic material. It ranges from artwork to commercial
use. The top of tic-tac boxes are one example. It has strength, flexibility can be

"CP 3B1"

A detail of CP 3B1.

Post and Photographs by Mieke Zuiderweg