Friday, April 22, 2011

Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang is a Chinese artist born in 1957, who since 1995 has been based in New York. Trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy, his work has since crossed multiple mediums within art, including drawing, installation, video and performance art. His work is not actually taxidermy, in fact the wolves are made from sheep skins. The installation 'Head On' displays these 'wolves' in a gallery setting, taken out of their farmiliar settings, this creatures become awe inspiring.

From Cai’s website:
With few wolves scattered in the front gallery, all ninety-nine wolves run, gallop, and jump toward the far end of the exhibition hall, where a wall stands. The bravery of the wolves is met head on by the unyielding wall. As the leading wolves go down, many more follow with force and determination. As those in the front fall and pile up, those behind take up their positions.

“Entering the tiger room, you see the violent act—tigers with arrows pierced into their bodies and there’s a very visceral response. Even though it’s completely fake, the tigers are so realistically made that the audience feels pain when they see the them. "

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The work of David R. Harper

David's work marries the art of taxidermy and embroidery.
 He questions the relationship between animal and hunter, aswell as our innate desire to bring nature into our man-made domains. He describes taxidermy as a "form of doll-making" which describes the "collision between the natural and artificial worlds" and as representational of the "loss of the natural world".

Junya Watanabe

Junya Watanabe is a Japanese designer, originally found through the Comme des Garcons label.
Now internationally recognised in his own right, the power of his work speaks for itself, from his innovative and distinct designs to his unique collection moods. He is extremely interested in technologically advanced textiles, pushing new boundaries through his use of materials.