Vera Dordick has a passion for all things home decor and design. She loves bringing the latest in home lifestyle products and design trends to Homedit readers.
Vera dove head-first into the design and decor field in 2015 after a lifetime of DIY-ing and creative pursuits. She scouts the major design fairs for fresh ideas to make your home stylish and comfortable.
While tens of thousands of people descend on Miami every December for Art Basel, it is hardly the only art show in town. Art Week 2016 featured more than a dozen satellite fairs that offer plenty of creative ideas for ways to incorporate art into your home design. Some of Homedit’s favorite pieces are collage works that feature a variety of media or repetition of media, texture or color to achieve the final product.
This textured, ruffly work with wonderful color gradation was presented by Alida Anderson Art Projects. It adds not just color, but a big dose of texture and dimension to the wall.
Glass sculptor Amber Cowan is currently working with up cycled American pressed glass produced from the 1940’s to the 1980’s. Cowan frameworks, blows, and hot-sculpts the material into these spectacular monochromatic wall collages. This is her Creamer and Sugar, Swans in Sky.
Colombian artist Hugo Carillo created “Interior Garden.” The mixed media pieces which is part of his series, The Threads Cover it All. Carillons work implies that time is a “determining factor” in the piece’s development. He writes that “the action of working on something for months gives space for this reflection on what it does and undo and what it is possible to do.” The artist also used pieces of cloth from people he knows to create a personal meaning in his “imaginary bedspread of memories that the yarns unite, blend and cover until creating a new way of perceiving.”
Florencia Martinez was born in Argentina and now lives and works in Milan, Italy. Her textile art ranges from humanistic figures to wall collages like this spiral make of charming bound poufs.
Ocean detritus and trash is transformed into works of art by French artist Gilles Cenazandotti. Best known for his three-dimensional sculptures, Cenazandotti also created the triptych, Briquets Triptych, fashioned from disposable lighters salvaged from the ocean.
IK-Joong Kang is known around the world for his major public art works that feature 3 x 3 inch canvases. His pieces focus on the plight of people and societies around the world. The Korean-born Kang lives and works in New York and is continually planning large-scale public projects.
American artist Jacob Hashimoto uses traditional Japanese methods to make large-scale collages — which he calls “tapestries” — from a multitude of hand-made paper and wood kites. This is The Meteoric Dust Trail of Comets, crafted from paper, wood, acrylic and Dacron.
Joseph Hasch-Muche creates her multidimensional pieces from very thin glass shreds and and paper. Using a chaotic melange of materials, the artist manipulates lightning to create a structure that suggests movement, shadow and purpose. The German-born Hasch-Muche’s works take on different characteristics, depending upon whether you view them from a distance or closer from various angles.
Paper artist Michael Buscemi creates intricate reliefs using layers of thick white paper that are collaged into complex patterns and works that are part sculpture and part drawing. Heart of the Sun, shown below,is constructed from hand-cut archival paper.
Dimensional art can also make a political statement like this piece from San Francisco artist Michele Pred, who is known for using unusual materials and featuring culture and politics in her art. Her Red White and Black, is composed of bullets, enamel, wood.
Blue and Joy are the Berlin-based Italian art duo who shot to fame in 2014 when Fendi selected their aluminum paper planes for installations in 28 of the companies biggest stores. Below is Planes, presented by Galleria Ca’ d’Oro.
Paper sculptor Rogan Brown creates fantastical layered works of laser-cut paper. Not only does he produce floral works like the one below, but Brown also crates scientific sculptures using a scalpel and a laser. His subjects include things like cells, microbes, anatomical models, coral, fossils, insects and sea shells.
Valeria Nascimento’s three-dimensional porcelain installations are stunning pieces, whether they are large or small. Compared to some of her public space works, this one called Cups is of a modest size. The artist says her work “is about repetitive sequencing with separate elements to form a cohesive sculptural group.”
All of these works are unique, different and highly creative. The appeal of art works is so very subjective, but that is the beauty: If it speaks to you, that’s all that matters.
Three-dimensional wall art, especially a study in forms like this piece by Samuel Salcedo of Barcelona, is a striking choice. His art focuses on heads and faces and while his materials vary, Salcedo often uses polyester resin and industrial paint as he did for these realistic renderings. Presented by Three Punts Galeria, the expressiveness of the visages is amplified by the use of an all-white palette.
The amazing complex nature of this work is all about the lines.
Wall art that uses layered lines to weave a very complex image will have you studying the silhouettes every day. The three-dimensional appearance that arises from this piece presented by the Corey Helford Gallery draws your attention and then holds it. The dramatic perspective created by the flat, colored elements makes the piece really intriguing and creates unbelievable depth and complexity.
The three-dimensional nature of the textile work is most interesting
Depth, color and texture are all part of the appeal of this wall art piece by Florencia Martinez. Called Non sono stata io, the textile sculpture is captivating for its materials as well as for its form. Myriad textiles combined with the red stitching and outlining create a very vivid work.
Works done in grayscale hues can be extremely impressive.
Some of the most striking works are limited to grayscale tones, and this mixed media piece by Kimber Berry is a prime example. Called Not All Who Wander Are Lost, it highlights Berry’s style, which is more often rendered in vivid hues. She is known for her works that she calls “Liquid Landscapes” which involve photographing paint, digitizing and manipulating the images, and then embedding them onto a surface shared with actual paint for the final mixed media piece.
The simplicity of this piece is very powerful.
Who knew that a single sweep of a brush across a canvas could be transformed into such a dramatic and expressive work of art? French artist Jean Paul Donadini creates these striking works – and other types as well – that make a fabulous and arresting focal point for the wall. Donadini’s work has been called “Ironic and violent…exuberant creativity. It’s as simple as it is complex and a piece of wall art that you’ll never tire of examining.
Savos uses polymer clay in nontraditional ways.
Intriguing and most definitely remarkable, this wall sculpture by Elissa Farrow Savos is a fresh take on clay figures. She creates the figures – all of which are meant to tell a story – from polymer clay that is fired and painted. Savos then mounts them, combining them with what she calls “the debris of life, lived,” which can include anything from industrial scrap to textiles or bones.
Somewhat resembling a quilt, this work by UK artist Rose Vickers uses recycled school rulers as its medium. Part of a series of works, the pieces are “subtly evoking an earlier utopianism whilst celebrating the everyday usefulness of the simplest of tools.” Whatever the premise or inspiration, the geometric nature of these works is captivating and the rulers just amplify their special nature.
The songwriter’s talent now fuels his visual stories.
Renowned songwriter Bernie Taupin has for a number of years now been channeling his storytelling into abstract expressionist art. Working in a unique style that mixes pop art and upcycled elements, inspired his love of the American West, Taupin creates expressive mixed media pieces. He has also created many pop art pieces based on some of the famous lyrics he wrote for Elton John. This piece from 2016 is called Straightjacket and is made from rubber ball globes and chicken wire on a panel.
Futuristic and thrilling, this multimedia sculpture by Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan is an artistic marvel made up of recycled components. Constructed with stainless steel, jeep parts and LED lights, Transformers IV (Bartolina), is a fabulous wall art idea because it is so dramatic and different. The Aquilizans – partners also in life – have a collaborative practice that mainly creates large-scale multimedia assemblages inspired by themes that deal with family, migration, displacement, and memory.
This pieces uses a Coogi sweater, popular in the 1980s and 1990s.
Mention textile art and many people immediately think of a quilt or fabric collage, but Jayson Musson’s pieces are nothing like what you might expect. Perhaps better known for being a hip hop artist with the alter ego Hennessy Youngman, Musson created these knitted works from the remnants of Coogi sweaters. These were famously worn by celebrities including Notorious B.I.G. Inspired by how the sweaters resemble a Pollock, he says, he created a buzz-worthy series of works. This is a very different kind of wall art that will provide texture as well as color to your space.