Aurélie Hoegy’s Surging Rattan Forms Oscillate Between Interior Design and Sculpture

Featured image: Image © Gordon Spooner

Paris-based artist Aurélie Hoegy expertly conjures a seamless vacillation between movement, material, and environment within her dynamic rattan sculptures. Unrelenting ebbs and flows emanate through each form, akin to the beguiling dance of ocean waves. Wild Fibers is a series in which Hoegy harnesses the strength and malleability of the material, inviting a dialogue between gesture and object.

Having grown up amongst the vegetation of the tropical rainforest, Hoegy has always been fascinated by rattan. In a stroke of fate, a residency in Bali catalyzed her rediscovery of the fiber, prompting her to fall in love with its qualities once again and immerse herself in its history with the help of local artisans.

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Thousands of Porcelain Pieces Undulate Across Rebecca Manson’s Elegantly Draped Wings

“I’ve always been captivated by the fluidity of ceramics,” says Rebecca Manson. Invoking metamorphosis in material and subject matter, the artist fashions large-scale wings and bodies that gracefully drape from gallery walls with eyespots and other patterns cloaking the forms.

Scaling upwards of seven feet, Manson’s sculptures comprise thousands of individual components that the artist and her team of assistants refer to as “smushes,” small bits of clay they flatten in their hands. The pieces are tedious to make, although the process can be meditative when there’s a rhythm that builds, particularly when constructing enormous numbers like the 200,000 required for her upcoming solo show at Josh Lilley in London.

Featured image: Detail of “Xanthoria Wing” © Rebecca Manson

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Todd St. John Hones Surprise and Delight in His Jocular Wooden Characters

From lethargic lions to a fragmented figure with a distinguished chuckle, the sculptures of Brooklyn-based artist and designer Todd St. John are tailored toward surprise and wonder.

Alongside personal projects, St. John collaborates with editorial clients like The New York Times and The New Yorker and brands like Netflix and Google to illustrate ideas or emotions that words are inadequate to convey. He frequently reaches for pine, walnut, and other woods, carving stylized characters and objects that are both amusing and approachable.

“I initially learned woodworking as a kid working with my father who always had a woodshop, and I’ve always built furniture on the side,” he tells Colossal. “I used it mainly for animation and stop-motion projects, but dimensional forms quickly found their way into other work, as well.”

Featured image: “Spider Plant” © Todd St. John

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Ryan Villamael’s Cascading Floral Sculptures Reconsider Maps and Identity

Featured image: “Locus Amoenus” at Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila

Gathered in bunches and trailing like vines, Ryan Villamael’s paper-cut sculptures cascade through niches of interiors, history, and identity. Utilizing maps to create overgrowths of leaves, the artist addresses complex relationships between cartography and culture.

Based in Los Baños, Laguna, in the Philippines, Villamael focuses his practice on tangled narratives within himself and the country. Because his father had to leave home as an overseas worker, the young artist grew up without his presence. This physical disconnect was challenging and catalyzed Villamael’s fascination with cartography. He explains, “Looking at maps was my way of connecting with him, of tracing the paths he might have traveled.”

This fixation has carefully cultivated itself ever since, as the artist sees the geographic representations as a way to uncover familial paths and collective memory. However, at odds with this sentiment of reclaiming personal history, Villamael also alludes to the presence of authoritative geopolitical ambitions that perpetuate partial truths.

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Light Undulates Through Delicate Sheets of Glass in Ben Young’s Sculptural Seascapes

Crystal-clear layers of aqua-tinted glass form cross-sections of deep oceans and dramatic geology in Ben Young’s sculptures (previously). Continuing his exploration of the relationship between humans and the natural world, the artist combines materials typically associated with industry and construction, like concrete, steel, and laminated float glass, into undulating shorelines and seascapes.

New pieces in Young’s forthcoming solo exhibition Delicate Space at Chesterfield Gallery appear like preternaturally still, miniaturized wedges of the earth, plucked from the surface and deposited onto pedestals or into bronze frames.

Featured image: “Continuum” (2023), laminated float glass, cast concrete, and stainless steel, 15 x 16 x 5 inches

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In ‘Body Politic,’ Antony Gormley Traverses the Human-Built Landscape

Since the 1960s, British artist Antony Gormley has used the language of sculpture to examine relationships between human beings, nature, and the cosmos. If you’ve driven the A1 or taken a train past Gateshead in the U.K., you’ll have likely seen the “Angel of the North,” a public work made of weathered COR-TEN steel installed on a hilltop in 1998 that depicts a figure holding out arms that look like riveted wings. One of his most recognizable projects, the work was met with controversy at the time but has since become a beloved landmark.

For decades, Gormley has featured the human form in his work, often using his own body as a starting point for large-scale installations in which abstracted figures wander through outdoor spaces or convene in enigmatic arrangements. In Body Politic at White Cube in Bermondsey, London, the artist investigates our relationship with industrial environments and the tension between migratory impulses and the need for refuge.

Featured image: “Test, Bind” (2023). Installation view of ‘Body Politic’ at White Cube Bermondsey

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Thin Strips of Colorful Vinyl Spill Over Derrick Velasquez’s Wooden Sculptures

Gracefully stacked atop humble wooden shapes, thin strips of vinyl create kaleidoscopic planes in the sculptures of Derrick Velasquez. The Denver-based artist draws on the principles of color theory to create wall-based works with innumerable layers evocative of sediment or brushstrokes. All finished with staggered edges that curl upwards, the pieces are part of Velasquez’s Untitled series, which utilizes the same curved shape and varies in palette and size. “Slowly building these sculptures becomes akin to layers upon layers of the experiences and connections we make inviting a perceptual encounter and a tactile experience,” he says.

Featured image: “Untitled 386” (2023), vinyl and maple, 46 x 40 x 1 inches

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Tour Art d’Égypte: The Desert Sculpture Garden Backdropped By Giza Pyramids

This year’s sculpture exhibition brings together fourteen local and international artists, including JR and Sabine Marcelis. Through their diverse practices, the artists trace the continuity of themes that stretch from our ancient past to the present day, while paying homage to the continued ingenuity of human civilization. Forever is Now III by Art D’Égypte will run from October 26th until November 18th, 2023.


Egyptian-British artist Sam Shendi presents the ‘The Phantom Temple’ at Art D’Égypt’s Forever is Now. The artwork explores the imprint which ancient Egyptian civilization left on the land and how imagination can transport the viewer beyond time. His sculptural work is a link between the past and the future, and is designed to fit within any artistic context. The artist notes that his sculptures are ‘vibrant reflections of the human condition.’

Featured image: Treasures by Azza Al Qubaisi | image ©️ Kollectiv

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Bridges and Walls Defy Gravity in Cornelia Konrads’ Atmospheric Site-Specific Installations

A bridge in the middle of a Montana forest appears eternally suspended mid-collapse, and a wooden dock curls up out of the water in just a couple of artist Cornelia Konrads’ site-specific interventions (previously). Using found materials like driftwood in the towering “tourbillon” or tapping into the regional vernacular like the ceramic tiles and stone in “refuge,” the artist re-interprets existing spaces by embracing the tension between harmony and chaos in nature.

Featured Image: “fluchtweg / escape route” (2023), local stones, mortar, wood, and metal, each side approximately 120 x 225 x 40 centimeters and Installation on a terrain of 550 x 100 centimeters. Site: small valley crossing the main hiking trail to Rittisberg, for Land-Art Rittisberg 2023, Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria

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Exquisite Paper Fish and Birds by Lisa Lloyd Twist in Elegant Motion

An elegant, energetic menagerie continues to emerge from Lisa Lloyd’s Brighton studio. Known for her painstaking precision and deft layering process, the artist (previously) imbues her paper sculptures with an immense amount of life, each creature conveying movement and vigor.

One of Lloyd’s most recent works, “Flux,” centers on a pair of fighting fish with gracefully swishing fins. Made in collaboration with the printer Barnard & Westwood, the bettas sport tiny speckles and stripes on their scales as their bodies curve toward each other.

Featured Image: Detail of “Flux”

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