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Chicken On Steroids *edit: WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

I had this idea a few years back, when I heard that growth hormones are used in the U.S poultry industry.

When I saw the Finnish “From Bits to Atoms” call for entries, I decided to enter the competition with this entertaining “Professional Fitness” character.

The competition called digital artists to send their work to be machined / printed in physical format.

This statue called for classical influences, but with a contemporary popular culture twist.

I did most of the work in Sculptris. Text was made with Inkscape, and extruded to the 3rd dimension in Blender. Text was also combined with the posed character in Blender. Blender cycles is really awesome!

The statue was then prepared for 3D printing / CNC machining in Netfabb Studio Basic.

This chick is massive! Check out her delts and traps!

Another light & angle:

Great lats!

— edit: WINNER ANNOUNCED! —

Today (19th of April 2012) was the day when the winners of “From Bits to Atoms” -rapid prototyping contest were revealed!

Below a (cellphone) pic of the Winner of the “creative, aesthetic & entertaining” -category, and the grumpy Runner-Up:

Runner-Up_Adn_The_Winner

…And not in that specific order. The figurative sculpture is the Runner-Up, and the design vase won.

..Sorry about the coffee mug behind the winner, and the bad quality photo. I’ll take & post better ones later.

Industrial design was valued high by Jukka Tuomi, who picked the winners of both categories; the “creative, aesthetic & entertaining” -category & the “inventive, usability” -category.

I’m happy for the experience, and the ability to test the detail limits of the current 3D printing technology (I made this beast detailed enough to be printed in life-size!). Getting my sculpture Rapid Prototyped for free (a service worth 600-700 Euro) was nice too 😉 I do think the result looks great! People passing by seemed to like spending time gazing my sculpture as well.

I’ll exhibit my “Chicken On Steroids” sculpture in a gallery & art museum context later, so stay tuned!

Please feel free to comment!

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FocusPocus-videoparadox in Moscow Museum of Modern Art.

I’m happy to announce that our installation “FocusPocus-videoparadox” has been selected for “Now&After” Video Art Festival, that will occur from the 13th of July to the 4th of September
in Moscow Museum of Modern Art.

So if you are at the neighborhood, check it out!

The results of the competition will be announced in late August.

And now a painting from the installation, for your pleasure 😉

Seek, and thou shall find,,,,

It’s the part of our installation, that revolves around the subjects of self-accusation, and some dynamics of social pressure.


A piece of stone

This was the first time I sculpted stone. I love when the shapes start to show me content. Then I just continue refining it.

Ponders

The piece of stone (Russian marble)  is the same, its just missing material in certain places. In a way, I did not give the shape to it. I merely removed shapes from it. Consequently, the art is in the shape removed, leaving the stone in place. Say, a brick has little value, until labor refines it and brings in to context (a building or a sculpture).

Bringing the content out of the vague formal dynamics of the shape is a very calming process. It finds the meaning of something formerly undefined, and (in a way) gives elements to allow free interpretation. I think that art is something everyone has the right to understand from their own point of view. I love, when a piece of art speaks for itself, without the necessity of someone else’s interpretation.

What kind of emotions and  thoughts does it awaken in you?


FocusPocus-videoparadox

It has been a while since my last post, but we’ve been busy arranging our installation “FocusPocus -videoparadox“.

It all started with a media art piece we (me & my wife) suggested to the Pixelache media art festival committee. After our installation was selected to the Pixelache programme, we started the endeavor to realize the idea to a finished installation.

Media art meets street art.
FocusPocus-videoparadox creates a seamless illusion of a never ending dive, in to a phantasmagoric world of connections.

Big Picture. We can see only a part of it at a time. It’s contemporary visual language provides ample elements for interpretation.
That who seeks shall find.

Enter the rabbit hole.

Upon setting the installation up at the exhibition space, we noticed that our projector was not bright enough compared with the ambient light of the room. Fortunately, we got black canvas from the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, witch was also part of Pixelache Festival.

Our installation was finished in time. The “founder” of Pixelache, Juha Huuskonen liked the piece, and even Golan Levin congratulated me about it. Next year we’ll suggest a mind blowing interactive piece to the festival, so stay tuned… (Edit: my son was born, so other projects were prioritized lower)

After the Pixelache festival, our installation was invited to another exhibition, “Philosopher’s Choice” at the Kerava Art Museum. This time we used a better (brighter) video projector, beefier audio equipment and had time to paint the walls of the exhibition room black, and cover the ceiling with black cloth.

We also exhibited some shots of the video as photographic prints. The piece is a series of images from FocusPocus -videoparadox, tinted with vibrant colors. The detail goes as small as the naked eye can see.

The series of images works as an introduction to the installation room, but can be presented solely as well.


A surreal sculpting doodle.

Sorry about the image quality.

This is an AD (Art Director) from hell. The money is there for size comparison, but in a way it serves the idea 😉

Yeah, I know. It’s not smooth and perfected, and our camera is outdated.

My wife doesn’t think it’s realistic. I think it’s the content, not the form. I mean, someone could have that kind of features and proportions, right?

Somehow this guy ended up looking  like a mix of John Lennon and Octave Parango (from 99 francs).

Anyway, I had to post something. I’m busy with a big project, and I can’t publish anything about it, yet!


Pencil Sketch

Zeus2

Something classical art this time. Pencil on paper. Scanned and level adjustment in Gimp.

I wanted to test how well I remember the external human anatomy, and ended up with my version of Zeus. He pulls the lightning from his hair. No reference or model of any kind was used.

As a self taught artist, I had to build a solid understanding of the laws of nature, to be able to create art in it’s various ways.

I have the deepest respect to Michelangelo‘s understanding of  muscular anatomy, mass and shape. He was very observant and talented man.


More of My Work -WIP-

Last month I’ve been occupied with other things. Now I’ll keep you updated on my work more often.

This one has been a longer project, and will be painted, when finished. The abstraction will be colourful and dynamic. This is an older photo, and many parts are now better defined, and anatomical.

NameLessOn

It’s a sculpture made with polymer clay maquette technique. Here’s a short explanation of the different phases involved:

1) I carved the base out of wood, and made an armature with 2mm metal wire (the propotions need to be spot on!).

2) The armature is attached to the base with a screw, and then the major volume is filled out with tinfoil,, really tight!

3) The tinfoil is secured by spinning around it with thin metal wire, and then the armature is roughened up with sandpaper.

4) Polymer clay is added, to create the surface. (I use a mixture of Super Sculpey and Premo).

This is the stage where all the magic happens (if it does!). The shapes start to flow, and as I sculpt I think a plethora of things. The weird thing is, that when I return to a part of the sculpture on another day, I return to the same thought I had, when I previously sculpted the same part / area. As the part gets an aesthetically pleasant solution, I somehow find a solution to the thought it represents.

5)  After detailing, the polymerclay surface is smoothened up with a brush dipped in turpentine or isopropyl alcohol. In the end further detailing is made, if needed.

6) On to the oven it goes!

7) Priming (I use acrylic), painting (acrylics again!) and sealing (polyurethane matte & glossy sealer).

8) Looking at it, and finding interesting stuff in the work!

Polymer clay is allmost as easy to work with as natural clay, but it has a health (and cleansiness) benefit, as it does not dust (watch those respiratory organs, if you want to make a long career!).

The end result in (especially with Premo) polymer clay is more durable than fired clay, as it does not crack as easy.

I’ll post more images when (hopefully sooner than later) the sculpture is finished.

Please, leave comments and questions!