Katsuyo Aoki Sculpture

“Currently, I use ceramics as my material in my method of expression, incorporating various decorative styles, patterns, and symbolic forms as my principal axis in creating my works.
The decorative styles and forms I allude to and incorporate in my works each contain a story based on historical backgrounds and ideas, myths, and allegories. Their existence in the present age makes us feel many things,; adoration, some sort of romantic emotions, a sense of unfruitfulness and languor from their excessiveness and vulgarity.
And on the other hand, they make us feel tranquility and awe that can almost be described as religious, as well as an image as an object of worship.
By citing such images, I feel I am able to express an – atmosphere- that is a part of the complex world in this age.
In fact, the several decorative styles and forms I cite simultaneously hold divine and vulgar meaning in the present age, having an irrational quality that contradict each other, which I feel express an important aspect in the contemporary age in which we live.
Also, the technique of ceramics has a tradition that has been a part of the history of decoration over a long time, and I feel the delicateness and fragile tension of the substantial material well express my concept.” -Katsuyo Aoki

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Baby Buggy Stroller Derby

Why any one would want a run of the mill, standard option baby stroller is beyond me. Make a statement… there are so many other options out there! 😉

Stick Lady Sculptures

Sculpture, by artist Ben Strawn.

Ron Pippin: Vintage books with found objects and mixed media.

Ron Pippin has become an inspiration artist for me. I have seen his work in person, and am in awe of it.
His work is reminiscent of another artist I’ve felt deep connection with… photographer Joel-Peter Witkin.
“In darkness and degradation, in abjection and ruin lies the source of a new vitality. The pure springs from the impure; to find the light on must immerse oneself in darkness.” (Germano Celant, “Joel-Peter Witkin: Photography between Flesh and Spirit,” in (Zurich: Scab, 1995).

Candy holder from Belgium, Circa 1920-1930

Candy holder from Belgium with shelves original red painted surface with the words: “Everybody Loves Candy” Belgium, Circa 1920-1930

Chemistry Beaker Set, circa 1920-1930

Chemistry beaker set with two stands connected with steel rod, American circa 1920-1930

Cat Cabinet Display

Cat Cabinet Display cabinet with taxidermy wood cat form, mixed media. 2008 by Ron Pippin.

Ron Pippin: Skeletal taxidermy, mixed media, found objects.

“When he was younger, Ron Pippin created figures that were his emissaries in the great battle between Good and Evil. Later the struggle shifted to one of trying to integrate the self and move from egotistical concerns to those of serving and caring for others. Motivated by experiences in his early life, the artist still feels the need to keep digging into the “dark material” that lies within all of us in order to reach a condition of clarity and light. He describes his work as “visual prayers” that aim for healing and “grace.” His art draws on religious and mystical impulses without belonging to any church or sect. Pippin feels compelled to elaborate the universe he has created by constantly making new figures to populate it.”

-From Obsolete: Ron Pippin’s Artist Statement
http://www.obsoleteinc.com/website/artists/artist_statement.php?Artist_Id=4

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