The painting The Ambassadors (1533) by Bavaria-born artist Hans Holbein the Younger (c.1497–1543) occupies a special place in the history of Western art. It features Jean de Dinteville (French Ambassador to the court of Henry VIII of England) and Georges de Selve, Bishop of Lavaur (in southern France). Important elements include an Azerbaijanian rug and mathematical instruments like dials and quadrants. The artwork remains most famous, however, for a strange momento mori in the foreground, at the bottom – a human skull – tilted, contracted, stretched. Visible in its correct form only when seen from an oblique point of view. This is an example of “anamorphosis” – a distorted projection of an object that is set right when regarded from a specific perspective or when reflected on another surface.


The Ambassadors (1533) by Hans Holbien, Wikimedia Commons

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The skull in The Ambassadors, Wikipedia

It is believed that the practice goes back to Leonardo da Vinci. The Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan has a large collection of the Renaissance polymath’s notes. There, on folio 35 of the Codex Atlanticus, are two strangely elongated sketches of a child’s head and an eye. These distorted and hesitant drawings, the first known anamorphoses (c.1485) – along with Holbein’s painting – are the seeds of inspiration for Jonty Hurwitz (born 1969) – a London-based South African artist, engineer and entrepreneur, known for his scientifically inspired works. “Leonardo pushed the boundaries of his time by exploring how the observer’s perception is implicitly linked to the observation,” says Jonty. “My art uses Leonardo’s theories as a starting point.”

A member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Jonty creates sculptures of both “Oblique Anamorphosis” and “Catoptric Anamorphosis”. The first requires a new angle of vision and the second, a reflecting surface like a steel cylinder. Jonty is also into nano technology and holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest animal form – “Fragile Giant” (2015), a life-like sculpture of an elephant measuring 0.157mm in height.

Jonty HURWITZ | The hand that caught me falling | 50 x 50 x 50 cm | Bronze, wood & chrome

Jonty HURWITZ | The hand that caught me falling | 50 x 50 x 50 cm | Bronze, wood & chrome

Pop art for the people: David Gerstein’s happy palette / DeMedicis Gallery

Museums and galleries tend to abide by the “no touch” rule to safeguard the artworks they display. But Israeli contemporary artist David Gerstein encourages a hands-on approach, firmly believing that his creations are for the public and not for private collectors or curators.

“My philosophy is that art should touch life. It shouldn’t be something that you see once a year when you go to a museum,” Gerstein tells ISRAEL21c at his studio in the Bet Shemesh Industrial Zone.

There’s a pop-art feel to the everyday items he depicts in his multilayered wall sculptures, outdoor sculptures, paintings, prints, drawings and designed objects.

David Gerstein’s “Fifth Avenue” wall sculpture

“It’s my personal pop art. I’m not following Andy Warhol but I’m using the same feeling about the colors, about the popular images,” he explains. “It’s about speaking with the audience at eye level. My work is not a riddle. Many times I go to museums and see artworks that are vague. I want people to understand what I mean.”

The subject matter for his paintings and sculptures all comes from scenes in his past. “My memory of my mother riding a bike became the Tour de France wall sculpture,” he explains. “I’m not just inventing images. They’re all based on my memories.”

Gerstein has succeeded in bringing his universal language of playfulness, humor and optimism to the public-at-large in many countries.

“Peloton Wave,” done in 2014, is installed outside an athletic stadium inSinchu, South Korea. Photo courtesy of David Gerstein

His most famous work, an 18.35-meter-high painted steel outdoor sculpture called “Momentum,” is installed in Singapore’s central business district. “It became an icon,” he says.

“Momentum” in Singapore. Photo courtesy of David Gerstein

“My best works are outdoors because it’s in the public domain. I like people to experience it when they’re walking, driving, being part of the public. That gives me the most pleasure,” he says. “It talks with the environment, with the surrounding architecture. It’s my great experience, doing public works.”

Which of his works is his favorite? “My most favorite is the one I’m going to do,” Gerstein replies.“My mind is always thinking about the next creation.”

You can find the full article on the ISRAEL21c's website here

Street art by French Artist Nerone / De Medicis Gallery

Nerone was inspired by Hip Hop and graffiti culture from age eleven. He spent years fine turning his writing skills before diving into street art. A journey which has taken him around Europe including Shoreditch in East London. The rich colour palette breathes life into any surface Nerone chooses to paint. 

Source : http://londonstreetartdesign.co.uk/street-art-by-french-artist-nerone/

Les sculptures incomplètes de Bruno Catalano / DeMedicis Gallery

Bruno Catalano est un artiste français qui réalise des sculptures d’un genre particulier. Dans sa série des voyageurs, il explore le déracinement, en amputant une certaine partie du corps aux figures qu’il réalise.

Son oeuvre donne tout son sens quand elle est exposée dans un environnement urbain, comme ici à Marseille :

Posées en hauteur, les sculptures ne laissent plus que leur faille béante à contempler, symbole de la partie que laisse derrière lui le voyageur, quittant son pays, sa ville.

Et si vous skiez du côté de Courchevel, vous pourrez également admirer quelques unes de ses œuvres dans la station, près de l'office de tourisme et du forum.

Vous pouvez retrouver cet article dans son intégralité sur le site de TuxBoard ici

The Skewed, Anamorphic Sculptures and Engineered Illusions of Jonty Hurwitz / De Medicis Gallery

Some figurative sculptors carve their artworks from unforgiving stone, while others carefully morph the human form from soft blocks of clay. Artist Jonty Hurwitz begins with over a billion computer calculations before spending months considering how to materialize his warped ideas using perspex, steel, resin, or copper.

Born in Johannesburg in 1969, Hurwitz now lives and works in London where he’s somewhat of a renaissance man, focusing both on his artwork and micro-loan website Wonga which he co-founded in 2007. His anamorphic sculptures rely on scans of objects (hands, faces, frogs) that are then distorted digitally and fabricated, but when placed in front of a cylindrical mirror the projected reflection reveals the original object. Still, other works deal with pixelated or sliced human forms that are only viewable from a single perspective. A scientist at heart, Hurwitz explained to me that his artwork is his way of “expressing calculations visually,” and also allows him to experiment with cutting-edge manufacturing and fabrication technologies. Of the more mind-bending anamorphic pieces, he shares:

For the anamorphic pieces its an algorithmic thing, distorting the original sculptures in 3D space using 2πr or πr3 (cubed). Much of it is mathematical, relying on processing power. There is also a lot of hand manipulation to make it all work properly too as spacial transformation have a subtle sweet spot which can only be found by eye. Generally I will 3D scan my subject in a lab and then work the model using Mathematica or a range of 3D software tools. I think the π factor is really important in these pieces. We all know about this irrational number but the anamorphic pieces really are a distortion of a “normal” sculpture onto an imaginary sphere with its centre at the heart of the cylinder.

You can find the full article here

Miami Art Week 2014 : Smears, Swipes, and Strokes / De Medicis Gallery

Regardless of the movement within contemporary art, process and technique translate to scene and sensation. The following works found across Miami Art Week all invoke sustained strokes, be that caked-on smears stretching across a canvas to petite tip-of-the-brush swipes. Altogether, they demonstrate the power of pressing down with various intensities across a mix of media. The definition of the word line—"a long, narrow mark or band" according to Oxford—contains vast possibilities and these works touch upon the diversity of the word.

Jean Paul Donadini-DeMedicis-gallery. Place Des Vosges. Paris

French artist Jean-Paul Donadini makes the importance of brushstrokes most evident in his work "Brosse Arretee Gris Orange." This mixed media on canvas piece, found at the Modus Art Gallery booth at Scope Art Fair, actually contains the brush used to draw forth the vibrant orange smear at its center. Material, process and tools unite to send a meta message about art, within a rather viscerally striking piece.

You can find the full article here

Oops! Jonty Hurwitz creates world's smallest sculpture only for it to be accidentally crushed as it was being photographed / DeMedicis Gallery

An artist has created the world's smallest sculpture only for it to be accidentally crushed by a finger while being photographed. 

Jonty Hurwitz's creations are so tiny they can rest on a human hair and are the same size of an ant's head. Having spent months working on the pieces, the 45-year-old from Chichester, West Sussex, took them to a photographer to have them pictured under a microscope. But within minutes his work had been destroyed by the stroke of the lab technician's finger. 

The sculptures are believed to be the smallest representation of the human form ever created by man.  

The sculptures are believed to be the smallest representation of the human form ever created by man.  

'I went off to have the original sculptures photographed so I found a laboratory with an electron microscope and the photographic technology,' said Mr Hurwitz. 

'The technician went to change the orientation and then for the next half an hour we were looking for the piece through the lens. Eventually I noticed there was a fingerprint exactly where the sculpture used to be and I was like "man you have just destroyed the smallest art pieces" ever made - I slightly freaked out.' 

The sculptures are less than 1mm tall and are produced via a process called nano-painting. They are too small to be seen with the naked eye so must be viewed and photographed under a microscope. Mr Hurwitz uses a 3D printing technology to produce them. 

Describing the process on his website, he said: 'The structure is created using a ground-breaking new 3D printing technology and a technique called Multiphoton Lithography. 

The sculptures are believed to be the smallest representation of the human form ever created by man.  

Mr Hurwitz has produced a number of nano sculptures using the same technology though the naked woman above is believed to have been the smallest.

'Ultimately these works are created using the physical phenomenon of two photon absorption. Art, literally created with Quantum Physics. This two photon absorption occurs only at the tiny focal point - basically a tiny 3D pixel (called a Voxel). 

'The sculpture is then moved along fractionally by a computer controlled process and the next pixel is created. Slowly, over hours and hours the entire sculpture is assembled pixel by pixel and layer by layer.'

You can find the full article of the Daily Mail here

Nadal, l'autre peintre du noir / DeMedicis Gallery

Le Toulousain André Nadal le dit et le répète : il est le peintre du noir. Et tant pis si Soulages revendique aussi ce label : «En fait, je précise, je suis le peintre du noir et du blanc». Et pour les curieux qui veulent découvrir cet artiste, chantre de deux couleurs, ils peuvent le découvrir jusqu'au 28 février galerie Sakah (7, rue Croix-Baragnon), à Toulouse. Mais pourquoi le noir et le blanc, couleurs qui n'en sont pas ou à l'inverse qui démarrent la palette ? «J'ai commencé la peinture il y a quelques années, explique André Nadal. En 1997, j'ai démarré une série de bleus de Prusse. C'était obsessionnel, je ne travaillais que cela sous forme de graphismes, déjà».

Oeuvre de l'artiste 100 x 100 cm, actuellement en vente dans la galerie DeMedicis

Le public était séduit. Mais André Nadal se rend compte que le bleu percute les autres couleurs et fait pâlir le graphisme. Alors il se tourne vers le noir et blanc : «Des couleurs fortes et intenses».

Au fil des cimaises, on peut découvrir les lignes des immeubles new-yorkais troués de l'univers abstrait des fenêtres. Ou le fouillis blanc et noir de fils et des espaces complètement vides : «Une opposition, selon l'artiste entre la rigueur et la légèreté».

Longtemps dessinateur industriel dans un bureau d'études, André Nadal se lance dans la peinture après un long blocage : «Je détestais ce que je faisais. Les enfants pour la Fête des mères font de plus beaux gribouillis que moi».

C'est sa fille, lors d'un dimanche pluvieux à qui il doit sa démarche : «Il fallait l'occuper, jouer avec elle et pour cela j'ai peint. Et je me suis rendu compte qu'en faisant comme elle, j'acceptais mon travail avec humilité. J'étais sauvé».

Depuis, André Nadal, devenu pour les critiques, «l'architecte du noir» expose un peu partout en Europe et Outre-Atlantique.

Retrouvez l'article complet sur le site de La Dépêche ici


Ces corps troués de Bruno Catalano qui invitent au voyage par CULTUREBOX l DE MEDICIS GALLERY

Le Pavillon M de Marseille accueille sur son parvis d'étranges personnages qui marchent dans les airs, une valise à la main. Ce sont les " Voyageurs" du sculpteur marseillais Bruno Catalano. Ils ont fait une pause pour MP13 jusqu'au 30 septembre, après cette date ils repartiront vers d'autres contrées.

Par Odile Morain

Un "Voyageur" de Bruno Catalano admire la place Bargemon du Pavillon M  © France3 / Culturebox

Un "Voyageur" de Bruno Catalano admire la place Bargemon du Pavillon M

 © France3 / Culturebox

"Les Voyageurs"  de Bruno Catalano sont un peu déchirés comme s'ils avaient laissé une part d'eux-mêmes de l'autre côté. A les voir avancer, comme suspendu par un fil invisible, une valise à la main, ces neuf personnages faits de bronze expriment à la fois la force et la fragilité de l'être humain. La matière compense le vide, la dignité des visages et les corps qui se penchent vers l'avenir invitent le passant de la place Bargemon à une rêverie solitaire. 

Marseille Provence 2013 "Les Voyageurs"  de Bruno Catalano au Pavillon M
Quai du Port 13002 Marseille
Place Villeneuve-Bargemon

He's not famous...he's a real no body ! Bizarre statues depicting "invisible" men that play tricks on the eye / DeMedicis Gallery

Ever feel like you've forgotten something? These people might.

The amazing sculptures pictured here look like they're missing vital organs. They are work of French artist Bruno Catalano who says the invisible bodies represent a world citizen.

Mr Catalano, 53, is originally from Morocco but a lifetime of travel as a sailor has inspired these quirky pieces of art, which often cause passers-by to do a double-take.

Mr Catalano has been sculpting for 20 years and often works with others in an art foundry when making big sculptures.

Now living in Marseille, France, Mr Catalano and his daughter Emilie work to create masterpieces like these.

Made out of bronze, Mr Catalano starts the process by carving the characters from clay - and will then spend a further 15 days working on them.

Mr Catalano said: 'I have travelled a lot and I left Morocco when I was 12 years old. I felt that a part of me was gone and will never come back.

'From years of being a sailor, I was always leaving different countries and places each time and it's a process that we all go through.

You can find the full article on The Daily Mail website here



The Beautifully Imperfect Bronze Sculptures of Bruno Catalano Are Not All There / DeMedicis Gallery

French artist Bruno Catalano has created an extraordinary series of eye-catching bronze sculptures called “Les Voyageurs” in Marseille that depict realistic human workers with large parts of their bodies missing.

Ten of the life-size sculptures were presented at the port of Marseille so as to celebrate its position as the 2013 European Capital of Culture.

They are skillful works of art and the missing parts of the sculptures are what make them truly extraordinary and unique as they leave room for the imagination : are they missing something, or is it something that these “voyagers” have simply left behind?

What is especially impressive is that some of the sculptures seem to stand on very little support, giving them a sort of ethereal and surreal appearance. 

The full article can be found on the artist's website here

L'artiste sur bronze Bruno CATALANO est le sculpteur français qui vend le plus des pièces à travers le monde et bien que sa côte explose, lui reste inchangé...