I haven't really been to any recent art exhibitions, but I did take the time to bring my kids along to visit the recent "Art of Brick" exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. This recent exhibition by New York official LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya features large scale sculptures on the theme of heroes and villains and is inspired by DC comics. Various superheroes on display include Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Cyborg, Aquaman, The Flash and many more that I hadn't heard of, though luckily my son was able to give me a running commentary on all the more obscure heroes ! Villains included The Joker, Harley Quinn, The Riddler and many more.
My kids both liked the life sized Batmobile the best, made from 500,000 bricks ! My son also liked the larger than life dark knight batman. My favourite one was called "Angel" (above middle) of Superman with wings flying up towards the sky.
I love these art of brick exhibitions, as they do have some thought behind them and are very accessible for all ages. Sawaya is quoted as wanting to create a democratisation of art that is accessible for families and children.
My other favourite piece is the famous "Yellow" (above left) which was on display, about baring his (the artist's) soul and letting everything out... with LEGO guts spilling out. So brilliant! The other brilliant one is Batman (below middle) trying to repair himself one brick at a time...
More information on Nathan Sawaya and the art of brick here: www.brickartist.com
Art of Brick - DC Superheroes is on now at the Powerhouse Museum until the end of April 2016.
Back to the Creative Drawing course and this week's exercise is all about exploring multiple perspectives by creating a composition with a variety of simultaneous viewpoints. Here my drawing is divided into sections to create a series of small drawings within a drawing. Each section represents a different angle or perspective of the subject (one of my son's LEGO creations).
The inspiration for this exercise comes from an etching by Giambattista Piranesi (1761) (below left) "Diagram of temple construction" where multiple perspectives are presented within a single format. He shows the enlarged construction details in the top and bottom panels. Well... I can't really compare a drawing of LEGO to one of a great temple... but nonetheless I enjoyed this simple exercise - it reminded me of technical drawing activities from school ...
Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.