1. Beth Cavener’s
If you identify with the struggles present in Beth Cavener’s animal sculptures, you are not alone. In fact, Cavener has human emotion and psychology in mind when crafting her anthropomorphic clay sculptures. The fluid silhouettes and soulful expressions of Cavener’s subjects result in an animating effect too riveting to be missed.
2. Edouard Martinet
French artist Edouard Martinet crafts animal forms exclusively from salvaged materials screwed together like articulating joints. The effect is oddly accurate, producing a layered appreciation of each piece as the inorganic materials gradually assert themselves from within the overall silhouette. By depicting overlooked and occasionally frightening animals, Martinet demonstrates that perfection in nature can be found in even the lowliest of creatures.
3. Frederico Uribe
Repurposing bullet casings for his sculptures, Frederico Uribe endeavors to make something beautiful out of what he describes as “an accumulation of ugly stories.” No stranger to unconventional materials, Uribe’s work often relies on the subtext of objects to convey feeling to his audience. Absent any overt statement of intent however, Uribe is happy to count game hunters and environmental activists alike among the many admirers of his unusual sculptures.
4. John O’Reilly
John O’Reilly uses graceful lines and nuanced gestures to give his anatomically rigorous sculptures the illusion of life. The balance and subtlety of O’Reilly’s pieces highlight the functionality of form, while his immaculate fabrication emphasizes its inherent beauty. The perfect classicism of O’Reilly’s work also houses a quiet emotional truth, rewarding contemplative viewers beyond the enjoyment of his superb craftsmanship alone.
5. Judith Klausner
Judith Klausner’s delicate sculptures evoke visions of curiosity-laden shelves from a bygone era. The Victorian sensibility present in Klausner’s work extends beyond her presentation to include her use of organic materials such as insect wings, which were also popularly used in decorative Victorian craft. As a collection, Klausner’s thoughtful and carefully curated exotica shape a universe of uncommon delights.
6. Sayaka Ganz
The remarkable ingenuity of Japanese artist Sayaka Ganz’s found-object sculptures makes for an intensely gratifying viewing experience. Second only to her sharp sense of proportion, Ganz is a master of movement. Using discarded plastics held together with electrical wire, she replicates the sense of animals flying, swimming and running. Bringing harmony to chaos and new life to abandoned objects, Ganz hopes to broaden our connection to the natural world through her works.
7. Will Kurtz
Will Kurtz’s life-sized paper mâché sculptures are startlingly believable, despite their undisguised newspaper print surface. Kurtz’s unwavering ability to capture pitch-perfect gesture brings his sculptures to life in a way that allows him more leeway in abstracting surface details. Playfully, Kurtz leaves his expressive collage process to be discovered long after his convincing facsimiles of life have been revealed as art.
Text by Diana Corvelle