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AJ Fosik

“Fosik’s feral creations take the shape of fantastic beings that communicate a subversive, anti-religious commentary through the depiction of hyperbolized fictional gods. Nameless, ​assigned no specific meanings or powers, beholden to no formal faith—real or contrived—Fosik’s idols are not meant to contribute to some grand theological narrative of the artist’s design. They are masterfully made beautiful objects that examine the nature of spiritual iconography through an absence of religious discourse. In this way, Fosik points to the power and scope of man’s innate creativity devoid of divine inspiration.”

– Lainya Magana, ​​Hi-Fructose Magazine, 2010​​​​​​

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Against the Infinite - Crazy Three Dimensional Art by AJ Fosik

You might recognize AJ Fosik as the artist responsible for the cover of Mastodon’s 2011 record The Hunter. These pictures are from his solo exhibition “Against the Infinite” currently running until December 21 at the Jonathan Levine Gallery. The coup de grâce of the show is a collection of 30 animal heads on diamond-shaped panels that can be combined to form a giant 30-sided shape called a rhombic triacontahedron.

(via Nerdcore)

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AJ Fosik is an American artist best known for his carefully crafted and vividly colored wooden sculptures. Fosik’s feral creations take the shape of fantastic beings that communicate a subversive, anti-religious commentary through the depiction of hyperbolized fictional gods.

He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 2003, he received a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York City. In the years since, Fosik has lived in various cities across the country including Denver, Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

The animals in my work are strictly metaphorical. There are several reasons I use carnivores in my work (I often don’t try to represent any specific species although that’s not true a %100 of the time)  not the least of which is that the open maw of a predator is a great metaphor for the nature of existence and the inevitable end we all face.  I often use the predator imagery as a metaphor for the physical self- the predator being the very embodiment of evolutionary pressures and the natural world-  in contrast to the symbolic self – represented by the belief systems and the various immortality schemata that I utilize in my work.

His website.

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Portland, Oregon-based artist AJ Fosik (previously featured here) has created an awesome new series of dynamic and vibrant wooden sculptures. Each ferociously striking piece is made using locally sourced lumber from Oregon that is painstakingly carved, painted, and assembled.

“The interpretive works are featured as both eye-popping wall mounts and stand-alone sculptures. There is also a piece in the exhibit that is a 30-sided geometrical shape made of thirty different, diamond-shaped sculptural panels.”

This new solo exhibition, entitled Against the Infinite, is currently on display at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York through December 21, 2013.

Visit the gallery website to view the rest of this stunning exhibition.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

All The Heavy Lifting
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Song of the day #2!

All The Heavy Lifting
The Hunter (2011)
Mastodon

“ Lift you up again
Give you to the trees
All sound and visions are
What they ask of me

Let’s run fast through the fields
Over mountaintops
Let’s swim through ocean water
And we’ll never stop

Just close your eyes
And pretend that everything’s fine
Just close your eyes
I’ll tell you when

Can you show me
Where to find the stream
I’ve been told before
That the water’s clean

Will you come with me
Two of us can drink
Move quick we’ve got to hurry
There’s no time to think ”