Lee Dongi One of South Korea’s prominent contemporary artist. His creation Atomaus was one of the most influential work during the Korean Pop Art explosion during the 1990’s. Atomouse, which is a makeup word with two names, Atom from Japanese animation and Mickey Mouse from Disney’s. The character Atomouse is study of contraditions. It explores conflict between reality and fiction and lightness and darkness. Atomous friendly image usually represented or depicted in a harsh situations. Recently, Lee Dongi has shown works that are synthesis of Atomouse and abstract painting. It is overlapping pop images and abstract art by making lines that divide his picture plane.
The 27th World of WearableArt™ Awards Show, known as WOW®, kicks off on Thursday 24th September for its annual Show Season in Wellington New Zealand. WOW is New Zealand's largest arts show and each year a new theatrical world is created in which incredible garments are bought to life. This year 55,000 show goers will attend from around the world. WOW is a breathtaking spectacular of dance, theatre, music, and art. The garments on stage are the award-contending designs selected from worldwide entries in the annual WOW Awards competition, which puts the simple, but challenging brief to designers - to take "art off the wall and adorn onto the human form". Designers come from all occupations, from all over the world. They were given the opportunity to be innovative, original and not bound by the constraints of commercialism. The only limit is their imagination. It's where fantasy meets reality and dreams merge with nightmares.
Artist Beth Cavener's works usually addressed controversial and darker side of human condition
by her anthropomorphized
animal sculptures. You
can easily recognized human emotions and expression within her animal figures. On a surface,
her sculptures looks like a normal cute animals but looking closely you can
feel the human psychology and emotions.
Cavener's statement: "There are primitive animal instincts lurking in
our own depths, waiting for the chance to slide past a conscious moment. The
sculptures I create focus on human psychology, stripped of context and
rationalization, and articulated through animal and human forms. On the
surface, these figures are simply feral and domestic individuals suspended in a
moment of tension. Beneath the surface they embody the impacts of aggression,
territorial desires, isolation, and pack mentality.
Both human and animal interactions show patterns of intricate, subliminal
gestures that betray intent and motivation. The things we leave unsaid are far
more important than the words we speak out-loud to one another. I have learned
to read meaning in the subtler signs; a look, the way one holds one’s hands,
the tightening of muscles in the shoulders, the incline of the head, the rhythm
of a walk, and the slightest unconscious gestures. I rely on animal body
language in my work as a metaphor for these underlying patterns, transforming
the animal subjects into human psychological portraits.
I want to pry at those uncomfortable, awkward
edges between animal and human. The figures are feral and uneasy, expressing
frustration for the human tendency towards cruelty and lack of understanding.
Entangled in their own internal and external struggles, the figures are engaged
with the subjects of fear, apathy, violence and powerlessness.
Something conscious and
knowing is captured in their gestures and expressions. An invitation and a