Sunday, June 28, 2009

roccoco jellyfish

Australian-born, US-based sculptor Timothy Horn has a taste for the roccoco, and tells ironic fairytales with his allusions to ornate historical objects, on unusually large scales or in unexpected media. Check out his gorgeous, yet humourous jewellery on a heroic scale. He caught my attention with his hommage to my favorite (& yours) 19th century German biologist-taxonimist-scientific illustrator par excellence Ernst Haeckel and his jellyfish. These are some chandeliers made in transparent rubber!
discomedusae by Timothy Horn
Transparent rubber, copper tubing, lighting fixtures
7ft diameter

Timothy Horn - Villa Medusa installation
Villa Medusa - installation view, 2006

Timothy Horn - 4 views of Medusa
Silicone rubber, copper tubing, fiber optics
9ft diameter

Timothy Horn - Stheno detail
Stheno (detail)
Silicone rubber, copper tubing, fiber optics

I have always wanted to create jellyfish in 3D. I have so far made 2D relief prints, inspired by Ernst Haeckel, like my avatar (seen in the column to the right), but no sculptures - with the exception of my Portuguese man-of-war costume, which involved a paper jellyfish headdress. Sometimes I think about learning how to work with glass for the sole purpose of making jellyfish. Of course, I am not alone in my appreciation of the spectacular form and light interactions (transmission, reflection, refraction and emission) found in these creatures. A quick google search reveals many glass jellies for sale. But I also admire those who, like Horn, have made such sculpture in unexpected media.

I really enjoyed Alyssa Coe and Carly Waito -Coe and Waito's ceramic jellyfish installation which appeared in the window of Magic Pony in May, 2007, (amongst other places) as part of the MADE show Come Up to My Room.

Coe and Waito - jellyfish
Coe and Waito - jellyfish
25 - 30 handsculpted porcelain jellyfish

American jeweler Arlene Fisch applies textile techniques to metal to produce her larger-than-life jellyfish. Her exhibition involved blown air to allow her creatures to move naturally (encorportating the fourth dimension of time):
Arlene Fisch
Black Sea Nettle

Arlene Fisch

Miwa Koizumi employed trash - specifically PET (polyethylene terephthalate) water bottles - to make her water animals. She manipulated the shape of the empty bottles using heat guns, soldering irons and cutting tools. The results are magical.
Miwa Koizumi
plastic water bottles, 2005
installation view at sawaguzo at Redux

Volvic water bottle, 2005

p.s. Check out Timothy Horn's other exhibitions when you visit his site. Who could resist replica of a gilded 18th-century Neapolitan sedan chair made with crystalized rock sugar?

Timothy Horn - Mother Load
Crystallized rock sugar, ply-wood, steel
9ft.6in. x 6ft. x 5ft. 6in.

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