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Miami International Art Fair III- The Mundane Gets Its Iconic Due 

This is the third installment of Miami Art Fair contemporary art and I still have more to share. I'm anxious to show you all some more of what I've been doing lately too, so hopefully you keep coming back for more!

Nick Gentry, Antenna, Mixed Media on Computer Disks on Wood rep. Art Modern Gallery photo by m.diaz

Artist Nick Gentry's work represented by the Art Modern Gallery has gone viral on the blogosphere lately, my students love his work on old floppy disks. Above is one of his pieces entitled Antenna that I saw at the Miami Art Fair.

The next piece that I'm featuring here is this piece entitled Compound 3 by Colombian born artist Juan Raul Hoyos, represented by the Alejandra Von Hartz gallery, made entirely of paper bags. Anyone who is a regular blog follower of mine might recall my post entitled The Potential of a Brown Paper Bag that you can see here which resonates with the same idea of how much complexity you can build with such simple things. In the case of artist Juan, he has built what appears to be a whole congested city developed out of printed bags simply opened and left to evoke a war-torn time and place. For me what was quite powerful was the congested feeling still seemed overcome with abandon and emptiness...like an evacuated space. Too bad it seems Juan does not have his own site and or the Alejandra Von Hartz Contemporary Art Gallery site should have links to more of their artists work so that you could see more.

Detail shot of Compound 3, by Juan Raul Hoyos, white paper bags, Rep. Alejandra Von Hartz Contep. Art Gallery photo by m.diaz Compound 3, by Juan Raul Hoyos, white paper bags, Rep. Alejandra Von Hartz Contep. Art Gallery photo by m.diaz

This next artist is another one of my favorite three dimensional artists from the MIA. Her name is Shantamani living in Bangalore, India represented by the Galerie Helene Lamarque. Her series of work is entitled Carbon myths and she uses charcoal which for me infers earthy fire, combustion and residue to construct her pieces. Mother Goddess,by Shanthamani rep. Galerie Helene Lemarque Detail of Mother Goddess, by Shanthamani rep. by the Galerie Helene Lamarque photo by m.diaz MINT by Shanthamani, Charcoal, rep. by Galerie Helene Lamarque photo by m.diaz DETAIL shot of Mint, Shanthamani, Charcoal, rep. by Galerie Helene Lamarque photo by m.diaz

Ok so get ready! Here is another moment when my students came to mind...turning around in the Galerie Helene LeMarque booth at MIA and seeing all of these stacked yellow phonebooks carved into these portrait busts! A graduate of School of Visual Arts, artist Long-Bin Chen from Taiwan gave a serious sculptural treat...once again showing us the power of the pedestrian object being risen to iconic stature.

India Buddha Boston by Long-Bin Chen back of India Buddha Boston by Long-Bin Chen a photo by the Museum of Arts & Design Webcam tech blog of Long-Bin Chen at work in their studios

detail shot of Long-Bin Chen's work by m.diaz detail shot of Long-Bin Chen's work by m.diaz here another sculpture by Long-Bin Chen at Mia photo by m.diaz back view of sculpture by Long-Bin Chen at Mia photo by m.diaz another sculpture by Long-Bin Chen at Mia photo by m.diaz

If you have 7 minutes I found an additional treat for you all, this fun you tube video doc of Long-Bin Chen and his work- I think you;ll really enjoy it!

I hope you enjoyed this installment of my MIA art fair experience! I have one biggy left to report on before I start to move on and share some other creativity and art related news- so stay tuned and LET me know what you think! Anybody here who blew you away and why? or was this all just too on the 'what-ever-happened-to-fine-art-supplies?' for you?

-Ciao Amarettogirl

Reader Comments (8)

Juan Raul Hoyos's work is quite good, having the feel of density with the disposability of the paper bag.
Charcoal bill is quite good to and much better than the godess in my opinion....
Long-bin chen's technique is great but in this case the caricature quality of the faces does not make the necessary jump to expressionism.
thanks for sharing

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbluedemon

ooooohhh, the paper bag one is super nice, and im really in love with the mother goddess piece. theres no end to your set of goods man! cant wait to see the next set.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercolin

the paper bags are def. my favorites!

February 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlightfoot

Alexis Inguaggiato Sculpture Class

I love the intricate carvings of Long-Bin Chen's work! I can't believe that he actually carved those amazing faces out of yellow books-it's outstanding! I like the faces featured sculptor because it shows an extremely ornate subtractive sculptor where ordinary books piled high become a masterpiece. I love the facial expressions as well and how they are so solemn and powerful. All in all, Long-Bin Chen's work is undoubtedly phenomenal!!!

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis Inguaggiato

I love Juan Raul Hoyos paper bag artwork! Wow! Its crazy to see how such simple pieces put together can create such a powerful image.

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Sacks

I absolutely love the paper bag artwork, Compound 3 by Juan Raul Hoyos! I would never think of creating art out of paper bags! What I love most about Hoyos' work is that he took something to simple and common, and created a whole entire city! I love how no two paper bags....buildings are the same!

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdriana Ruiz

Long-Bin Chen is my favorite sculptor from this post. That one picture resembles a Mount Rushmore made of yellow book pages! I like how he kept some yellow to show skin color and shadowing, etc. Its so neat and unexpected to choose that material and make those masterpieces!

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

I love the sculptures of Long-Bin Chen, I think the idea is very original, I would never think about yellow books as a material for a sculpture, I also think the technique using books and carving the shape of a face is very difficult to do and it requires ability. He had created great sculptures, with detail, three dimensions and different expressions in each face, only with paper.

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterclara iscar

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