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E.V. Day’s Tongue And Clam Sculptures Ooze With A Grotesque Eroticism

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Untitled (2005). Abalone, coyote tongue, black mother of pearl, and resin.

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Pearl (2005). Rubber coyote tongue, fresh water pearl, and resin.

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Tongue Tied 5 (2008). Cast rubber, nickel-plated rings and chains, on wood panel. 11 x 12 x 5.5 inches.

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Doublestuff (2004). Clam with mink and raccoon tongue and resin.

E.V. Day is a New York-based installation artist and sculptor who knows how to stimulate the senses while engaging the mind. Recognized for her bold explorations of gender and sexuality, her works ooze with a critically-engaging — and sometimes grotesque — erotic energy. This particular series is an ongoing project that Day began in 2003, and it features intriguing combinations of animal tongues, clamshells, and resin. Drenched and dripping with saliva, muscular tongues extend out of and into open, opalescent clamshells. Some are mounted on walls, with piercings and chains pulling them together; one even incorporates a nylon thong, which has been made to look grossly visceral. Most of the sculptures feature a glistening pearl as a finishing touch.

It goes without saying that the sexual imagery in this series is intensely palpable — the tongues are seen as phallic, and the clamshells and pearls evocative of female genitalia. However, Day’s work goes beyond representing biological sex in a reductionist way, and in fact resists such dualism. As her biography states, her work is aimed at “transform[ing] social stereotypes and playfully illuminat[ing] contradictions of gender roles by re-animating the recognizable into new forms and new meaning” (Source). With tongues and clams, Day has constructed a clever, dark, and almost humorous subversion of the male/female binary by creating abstract hybrid pieces; we identify sexual symbols in her sculptures, but they are fused together, interacting in surprising and unexpected ways that challenge heteronormative representations of sex. The fact that they are animal tongues adds an additional layer of categorical ambiguity and discomfort, but — aside from the initial shock and aversion — the result is a set of artworks that provoke us into reinterpreting the body’s relationship with sex and desire.

Visit Day’s website for a catalogue of her varied and fascinating work. Well-known for her suspended sculptures, other projects include animal skeletons hovering in dynamic poses, and a wedding dress exploding into abstract shards. More tongue-and-clam hybrids after the jump.

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Shannon Partridge’s Behavioural Enrichment

Shannon Partridge’s Behavioural Enrichment series is a response to the curious worlds of the zoo exhibit and the set of the mid-century modern interior design photograph. She has merged imagery to draw comparisons between these staged sets, focusing on American mid-century interior design and Western zoos exhibits, to emphasize the theatrical artifice of both environments.

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B/D Best of 2010: X-Rated Legos

This is definitely not for the kids! These creations have a level of realism that almost replicate department store mannequins. At the same time the blocky-pixelation effect of lego pieces adds to the whole X-rated theme.

Eun-Ha Paek Sculpts Strange, Humorous Creatures That Blend Innocence With The Uncanny

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Eun-Ha Paek is a Seoul-born, Brooklyn-based artist who sculpts whimsical ceramic characters. Her creatures—which often resemble bears and dogs—are amorphous and cloud-like, sitting atop magical, candy-colored platforms. Each one is an eye-grabbing and thought-provoking fusion of childlike innocence and surrealism with a touch of menace; fanged mouths and disembodied hands gouge at the viewer from within the sculptures, blending nostalgia and unease together with the peculiarity of an ice-cream cone melting in an empty playground. There is also a humorous energy, which derives from the characters’ beady-eyed expressions as they stare at the viewer from their strange environments. Eun-Ha Paek’s about page further clarifies this interplay of emotions:

“The same way a boulder on a hill stores potential energy, a banana peel on the floor is the setup to a joke, storing potential ‘ha-has.’ The setup might cause a smirk, without any real action taking place. My work uses this potential to construct narratives on the precipice of the familiar and strange; to explore our inner workings of grief and hope with humor.” (Source)

Eun-Ha Paek’s unique style and creativity has received recognition around the globe. In addition to her sculptures, she creates animated films that have been screened at venues such as the Guggenheim Museum and the Sundance Film Festival. She has also been highlighted in The New York Times, G4 Tech TV, and Entertainment Weekly. Her work can be followed on her website, Instagram, and Vimeo page. (Via Sweet Station)

Scott Jarvie

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Scott Jarvie is an artist and designer whose works are unique in material and in concept. Jarvie runs a multi-disciplinary design consultancy, and most of the projects presented on his website involve furniture design with special attention paid to materials. The piece above, entitled ‘Clutch’, is a chair made from 10,000 drinking straws, a research piece commenting on our disposable culture. Jarvie’s work is fantastic, make sure you check him out.

Snowflakes In An Electron Microscope

By way of the Beltsville Agriculture Research Center in Maryland comes a series of snow crystal photographs taken by a Low Temperature Scanning Electron Microscope.  The results are a stunning indication of the intricacies of natural forms sculpted by nature. The images resemble geometric columns and detailed shards that could have been created out of clay or concrete by a master sculptor. “Samples of snow, ice and associated life forms are collected by dislodging the crystals or biota from the face of a snow pit or the surface of the snow onto copper metal sample plates containing precooled methyl cellulose solution. Within fractions of a second these plates are plunged into a reservoir of liquid nitrogen which rapidly cools them to -196°C and attaches these pre-frozen materials to the plates. Due to the low surface tension of liquid nitrogen and the extreme hardness of materials cooled to these temperatures, very fragile samples can be shipped by aircraft, in dry shipping dewars from study sites throughout the US.”(via)

Andy Prokh’s Playful Series Captures Love And Friendship Between A Girl And Her Cats

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Russian-based photographer Andy Prokh captures images of his 6-year-old daughter, Katherine, and her pet cat, LiLu, as they grow up together. With the recent addition of a new feline to the Katherine and LiLu friendship, Prokh has now been photographing the friends as a trio. The threesome play chess, do homework, have tea, and play games with each other. Each photograph tells a story, each story resonating with childhood’s creative imagination. Prokh’s use of black and white enhances the whimsy and nostalgia evoked by his images. Prokh says he takes photographs of the friends because he loves them and believes “a photographer must love what he shoots.” Equally as impressive as his playful, fine art aesthetic is Prokh’s ability to stage and pose his pets, as cats are creatures not generally known for their obedience of human commands. You can check out Prokh’s full gallery of this series on his website. (via my modern met)