Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Real and Unreal

Japanese artist Boku Matsumoto makes beautiful sculptures out of brass and pine. This robot (ok, unsurprisingly) is my favourite!
There's something so beautiful about making representations of real life objects with other uncanny materials.

Images via Dezeen.

This typewriter, complete with qwerty keyboard, doesn't work, but inspires all sorts of thoughts about the nature of production. Here, the real interferes with the unreal, as we are tempted to think about how this could or couldn't work, instead of appreciating the art itself.

Matsumoto strangely reminds me of Ricky Swallow, another famous artist who constructs real objects out of materials such as epoxy and bronze. My favourite pieces from him come from the 80s, such as this ghettoblaster below.

Idol with Handle, 2007.

Together is the New Alone, 2002.

1 comment:

  1. Eee! Look at the robot! How cool is that typewriter too. I don't know where you find this stuff, Kate, but your blog is always a delight :)


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