German based, Turkish artist extraordinaire, Sakir Gökcebag, has taken what we see as conventional items to another level. Playing with shape, movement and 3-dimensional spaces, Gökcebag examines something as simple as a roll of toilet paper. The silhouettes he’s created are remarkable and breathtaking, making one realize the difference between great imagination and brilliant minds.
Happiness is a hot topic. The Dalai Lama has written about it, Oprah capitalized on it, and Eat, Pray, Love tapped into millions of women who felt that perhaps, happiness is found in some exotic country once you’ve reached rock bottom and let your waste line go. There’s no judgement who has the right answer. In fact, to each his own especially on this topic! But as I join the vast group of happiness seekers, I will be tromping off to Stefan Sagmeister’s exhibition “Six Things: Sagemiester & Walsh” at the Jewish museum in NYC where he collaborated with Jessica Walsh to explore and present his findings of HAPPINESS. (exhibition runs through August 4, 2013)
I could write and showcase the works of Japanese born, New York based artist, Kumi Yamashita all day. What sets her apart in my mind is not only her technical ability, but how she manages to convey a truly profound idea with so little. Using light as her main source along with materials like paper, thread and pins, Kumi creates entire human forms or silhouettes evoking a story. Her pieces are moving, methodical, and have layers of subtlety on a technical and philosophical level. Its absolutely breathtaking. Just a few of my favorites below.