Self-taught Alaskan sculptor Lee Cross, known professionally as Wood Splitter Lee, creates incredible one of a kind fantasy creatures that are so remarkably lifelike they verge on creepy, which is just one of the things that makes them so awesome. All of Lee’s creatures are completely made by hand without the use of and patterns, molds or casts. Their bodies contain articulated skeletons wrapped with stuffing, making them very soft to handle and fully posable. They’re decorated with carefully hand-applied synthetic fur and paint. As you can see from these photos, some of Lee’s creatures are more fantastic in nature than others, but they’re all amazing to behold.
Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira (previously) recently completed work on his largest installation to date titled Transarquitetônica at Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in São Paulo. As with much of his earlier sculptural and installation work the enormous piece is built from tapumes, a kind of temporary siding made from inexpensive wood that is commonly used to obscure construction sites. Oliveira uses the repurposed wood pieces as a skin nailed to an organic framework that looks intentionally like a large root system. Because the space provided by the museum was so immense, the artist expanded the installation into a fully immersive environment where viewers are welcome to enter the artwork and explore the cavernous interior. Transarquitetônica will be on view through the end of November this year, and you can watch the video above by Crane TV to hear Oliveira discuss its creation.
Diving Into the Delicately Detailed Woodwork of @mcnabbstudio
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“I could talk for days about wood,” admits Philadelphia artist James McNabb (@mcnabbstudio). “Its rich history. The amazing varieties of colors, patterns and textures that nature has created in it.”
Inspired by his father, a skilled carpenter, James took his first woodworking class in high school. “At that time, I struggled with the typical textbook/chalkboard style classroom dynamic, and felt more comfortable in a setting with hands-on learning techniques,” he remembers. Now, with his own studio and over a decade of experience in making wooden objects, James, who’s 30, creates delicately detailed sculptures of urban landscapes. “Like a painter uses a paintbrush, I work primarily on a band saw to produce abstracted architectural forms,” he says, adding, “The work is designed to be engaging from a distance, and like a city skyline from afar, reveal layers of patterns and textures as the journey gets closer to the object.”
Dimitri has created a series of realistic organs made out of wood, including a brain, heart, and lungs. Hanging in an art exhibit, or on the wall, these surprisingly realistic creations are sure to catch your attention.
South Korean artist Jae-Hyo Lee uses organic materials
like wood to create large-scale, sculptural pieces that favour both form
and function. Focusing on geometric shapes such as the sphere, Lee
somehow manages to transform tree trunks and hefty branches into
perfectly formed globes, columns, and furniture-like objects.
“I make artworks with materials around me that I can manipulate.
Usually those materials are from nature,” Lee, who lives in Yangpyeong
with his artist wife Cha Jong Rye, says in a video profile
about his work. When it comes to his wood sculptures, he usually
forgoes expensive, rare trees in favor of scraps from cheap or abandoned
specimens, explaining, “I believe you can get more of a ‘wow effect’
when you create a striking piece from everyday, common materials.”
To achieve the striking, smooth look of his sculptures, the
50-year-old artist engulfs each piece in flames until the wood is
charred black. He then polishes the surface until the exposed wood
pieces gleam brightly, contrasting sharply with the dark colour of the
scorched interior. Often displayed in museums, galleries, and the
lobbies of high-end hotels, there’s an elegant, pristine quality to
Lee’s organic work that belies the gruelling manual labour that went into
the creation of each sculpture. Thanks MyModernmet, Bored Panda
Artist Paul Kaptein believes wood is the ideal sculpting material, for within it exists the concentric rings of the past, present and future. To explore the present, Kaptein combines the traditional wood carving techniques of the past with the glitch forms of our technologically advanced future.
The Knowing, 2015, Laminated, hand carved wood, graphite, 53 cm x 29 cm x 19 cm
Untitled, Mandorla Art Award 2014 - Winner, Laminated, hand carved wood., h58 w28 d30cm, 2014
A Fast Death (Supernumerary),2013, laminated, hand carved wood (Jelutong - Dyera costulata, Western Red Cedar - Thuja plicata), h21 x w17 x d39
and in the endless sounds there came a pause, 2014, laminated hand carved wood, 63 x 61 x 61 cm
Limber, 2013, laminated, hand carved wood (Poplar - Liriodendron tulipifera), h83 x w45 x d19, images posted with permission of the artist.
Today the Department of Phenomenal Papercraft is delighting in the awesomely lifelike bird sculptures made by London-based artist Zack Mclaughlin. He uses paper, wood and sometimes plastic resin, clay, and wire to create beautiful life-size models of birds ranging from tiny hummingbirds to large birds of prey.
“I have always loved creating things, be it a drawing, painting or 3d model making. My inspiration always comes from the natural world as I really do have a childlike sense of wonder and awe for everything that nature creates. As I have this fascination with nature I love trying to recreate it in my own way so I can take what magic there is home whilst leaving the true beauty out there to continue inspiring and growing. “
Mclaughlin turns some of his sculptures into dramatic light fixtures, such as this rook: