WHAT'S BEHIND THE BLACK DOOR THIS MONTH?
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS | BEN YOUNG
Ben Young has become well-known for his technically finessed and evocative glass sculptures. Each work offers a unique tension been industrial materiality and organic subject matter.
Always innovating, Young has created an impressive new sculpture titled Head in the Clouds- this piece continues to push his technical limits. The impressive hanging sculpture is a striking 80cm in diameter and weighs 65kg, yet hangs effortlessly and elegantly in space. The sculpture draws in its viewer with its enchanting protagonist, a whimsical figure who swings under a hovering cloud. The charming figure is belittled by the waterscape beneath which offers further wonderous details with its layers of glass and concrete. The entire narrative is enhanced by the LED lights that illuminate each compelling motif.
Head in the Clouds demonstrates Young's talent in marrying the technical with the magical. View images of this piece here
MAPPING MOVEMENTS | ODELLE MORSHUIS
Otago based artist Odelle Morshuis creates sensitive and layered figurative works that explore the movement of people through spaces. Her sketchy hand-drawn approach is well suited for capturing a sense of flux, change and flow of people through shared spaces.
Odelle utilises mixed media in her paintings, harmonising pencil, pastel, and acrylic paint. Figures are layered on top of one another; or blurred into each other, implying connections and shared histories. The non-specific environments of her canvases enable the viewer to imagine a range of settings, inviting reflection on the many shared spaces we inhabit in our day-to-day lives.
Beyond painting, Odelle also translates her ideas into sculpture, creating figurative pieces from re-purposed steel. The figures are described as silhouettes cut into the patinated material, a technique chosen to create shadows that further populate the sculpture.
View paintings and sculptures by Odelle Morshuis here
THE ART OF LIGHTING | LIGHTING DESIGN
There are many ways to situate art in your home. It needn't be limited to the wall or sideboard. Artists are broadening the way art can be placed in the home through outcomes such as artistic lighting. Such artists include Lukeke Design, James Russ, Lynden Over and Katie Brown. These artists are skilled at applying their talents of crafting glass, timber and metal to create unique handmade lights that make a statement.
The advantage of commissioning lights from local artists in the ability to customise many aspects of your light. From colour, to shape, there are a number of bespoke options, ensuring your light works seamlessly with your space and style.
Why not consider some ways to illuminate your home with quality crafted pieces that blur the line between art and design.
View these artist's portfolios here
Black Door Gallery is showcasing a selection of lighting design pieces in the gallery for your viewing.