Let’s pay a visit to the Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork to explore more work by French artist Bernard Pras (previously featured here). Pras uses found objects of every imaginable sort to create awesome installations that appear to be nothing more than large, strangely organized piles of discarded containers, household objects, clothes, toys, packaged food, wrappers, plastic bags, and even dust. That is, unless you view each piece from one very specific location. Then all of the objects work together to form a recognizable image, often a portrait of a very familiar face from pop culture or the world of fine art such as Salvador Dalí, Vincent van Gogh and Snow White.
We love to look at these extraordinarily complex installations as what they’re meant to depict and then let our eyes wander to identify all of the objects that comprise that image. Breaking down these awesome optical illusions makes them (and the work that went into creating them) even more impressive.
Head over to DeMilked for even more examples of the astonishing assemblage installations created by Bernard Pras.
While Kris Kuksi’s baroque assemblages (first covered in HF Vol. 19) have an ornate aesthetic suited for marble or gilded bronze, his work is composed of carefully-chosen collections of commonplace, throwaway objects. Kuksi assembles dolls, jewelry, model parts and various consumerist debris into monumental dioramas. Within them, his characters are embroiled in a chaotic drama of violence and sex, which Kuksi carefully contains into symmetrical, harmonious compositions that appear deceptively decorative at a first glance. The Kansas-based artist will be showing his new body of work for his solo show, “Antiquity in the Faux,” opening at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles on November 15. Lots more images on Hi-Fructose.
Portuguese street artist Bordalo II (previously featured here) just completed his latest piece of awesome assemblage street art. This time he created an enormous rabbit, dubbed the “Grabb It,” using all sorts of trash and scrap materials, such as discarded car and appliance parts, that he salvaged from the surrounding area. Once again Bordalo II has used his artwork to clean up and brighten part of his city, giving new life to scattered junk via clever arrangement and a few coats of paint.
I created this piece, titled “Foxes in the Henhouse”, for an art show featuring decorated frames; sadly, the show was cancelled, but I still got to make this awesome assemblage piece (along with another one here)! I started with a weathered barn wood frame that I got at a thrift store. A pair of red fox skulls found in the woods are the primary adornments; one carries a chicken bone left over from supper a while back, while the other has possession of a few rooster feathers. The skulls are joined by a variety of natural and found materials, from moss and lichens to pages from out-of-date biology text books.
William Basso’s current show at New York’s Last Rites Gallery, “Mise-en-scene,” takes its name from a French theater term that describes all the elements in a stage production or film — the actors, lighting, scenery, etc. Basso treats his mixed-media assemblages something like tiny film sets. He begins by sculpting his figures out of a hodgepodge of materials, such as clay, cardboard, string, paper, wire, tape, wood, hair, and odd bits of cloth. Then, he photographs these sculptures, alters them in PhotoShop, and uses the resulting digital prints to create textured collages. The final works live somewhere between sculpture and digital art. For “Mise-en-scene,” his assemblages are displayed alongside the original sculptures and 3D objects from which they originated. The show is on view through May 16 at Last Rites.
Based in Lisbon, Portugal, Bordalo II creates resourceful assemblages out of the junk he collects in his city’s streets. Using a bit of spray paint, the artist configures the found objects into playful animal portraits. His street art work hybridizes muralism and sculpture. A portrait of an owl conceals layers of scrap metal; a painting of an apple contains bent bicycle tires, cans, wood and cardboard. Bordalo II’s art brings whimsical visions to Lisbon’s streets and invites viewers to imagine creative ways to reuse their discarded items. See more on Hi-Fructose.