Art

5 Rising Sculpture Stars Talk About What’s Next in 2016

If haven’t heard of them yet, you definitely will this year.

by Sophia Callahan
18 February 2016, 11:55pm

Jamie Fitzpatrick, A Crown is Just a Hat that Lets the Rain In, 2016, Image courtesy of VITRINE gallery

Being only a couple months into the promising year of 2016, we couldn't help but wonder what the next 10 months would hold in terms of art. Whether they are aware of it or not, artists always seem have an acute insight of the current zeitgeist. Turning to five rising sculptors, The Creators Project got a chance to talk to Isaac Nichols, Daniel Arsham, Elizabeth Jaeger, Alex da Corte and Jamie Fitzpatrick about their most recent work as they make leaps and strides in the medium concerning material, techniques and overall aesthetics.

Isaac Nichols (Grouppartner)

The Last Four Months of My Life, Image courtesy of the artist.

Isaac Nichols, better known as Grouppartner, has been making the Instagram-famed “boob pots” that are perfect for everything— especially plants. Entirely a self taught potter, Nichols has been making ceramics out of his Greenpoint studio since 2013. With so much focus on the woman’s torso, recently, Nicholas has been making the long-awaited, “boy-pots”! (featured above)

The Creators Project: Do you have any big projects in the works for this year?

Isaac Nichols: There's talk of designing a sequel to Elvis Guest House, just bigger. If that comes through it will be just about all that I'm doing for the next year. Other than that, I’m working on my novel.

What are trends do you see happening in sculpture/ the art world/ world at large?

Thankfully, as a culture, we are moving away from the Edison bulb, work boot, old-timey thing. I’ve also been seeing a lot of Memphis influence.

As to the art world, my work directly comes out of a rejection of that place, culture, and identity. I was so sick of hearing the theory behind all this bullshit art that sucked to be around, was stressful and expensive to make. There's a lot of exposure being generated with Instagram and the Internet, which is slightly leveling the playing field and is helping with creating another space for artists to communicate with their audience.

As to the world at large, my view is bleak. If my views were a pie it would taste like salt.

Alex da Corte

As Is Wet Hoagie (With Borna Sammak), 2015, Image courtesy of the artist.

Alex da Corte is often known for his surreal sets, installations, videos and sculptures that incorporate psychedelic colors to make graphic, and often humorous projects. This coming March, de Corte is having his first solo museum show at the MASS MoCA that will cover ten years of his work.

What is the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?

I’m teaching a dog to walk and a bat to fly.

What are trends do you see happening in sculpture/ the art world/ world at large?

I would look at @piece_of_paper__ on Instagram to see the trends.

If you had to make one prediction for 2016, what would it be?

No sleep.

Daniel Arsham

Seated Female Figure, 2016, Image Courtesy of the Artist

Daniel Arsham is best known for his stunning sculptures, his experimental architecture firm, Snarkitecture, and his recent series of near future short films. He often works with an array of nature materials from pulverized quartz to volcano ash and crushed glass. Most recently, he’s gearing up for a solo exhibition at the museum MAMO in Marseille, France.

Do you have any big projects in the works for this year?

I’ve lived in New York almost 20 years and I’ve never had an exhibition in New York. I’ve shown all over the world— on every continent except for Antarctica— but never in New York, so this year will be my first New York solo exhibition with Galerie Perrotin coming up next fall.

What are trends do you see happening in sculpture/ the art world/ world at large?

Trends… I don’t know if I pay so much attention to them. Ironically, I think that a lot of the work that I’m seeing that is trendy is work that is moving towards a black and white pallet, which is essentially the pallet I’ve used for my entire career. I’m colorblind, so up until now I wasn’t able to make work in color, unless I was reading color off a tube of paint. Last year I received some specially made lenses that correct my color blindness, and I just debuted a project in St. Barts that show paintings that I’ve made in color.

Elizabeth Jaeger

Maybe We Die So Love Doesn’t Have To, 2015, Image courtesy of Jack Hanley gallery

Elizabeth Jaeger is a young New York sculptor making an array of work in ceramics that explore the female, eroticism and the home in a breadth of ways, shapes and forms. She also runs the art books publisher, Peradam.

What is the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?

A show overseas with a vacation thereafter.

Do you have any big projects in the works for this year?

Yes, a cumbersome project with fragile elements that I haven't quite figured out how to fit into the kiln.

What are trends do you see happening in sculpture/ the art world/ world at large?

Sculpture is made with a front in mind, rather than in the round. There's always been a distinction between sculpture in the round and sculpture with a distinct front in mind, such as relief work, there's a growing trend of free standing sculpture made for a stationary viewer - ie. the camera - that is simultaneously in the round with a distinct front in mind. Unlike a relief work, these sculptures have a less considered backside that's additionally on view, like a theater set. Sculpture, while inherently three dimensional, is now made with an unconsciously ingrained consideration of its future two-dimensional documentation — the future photo of the thing, rather than the thing itself. How we conceive of sculpture is being subtly altered by the increasing ubiquity of photography and it's effect on how we visualize ourselves and our reality.

If you had to make one prediction for 2016, what would it be?

I try not to have expectations.

Jamie Fitzpatrick

The Gentleman, 2016, Image courtesy of VITRINE gallery

Jamie Fitzpatrick is known for his high relief and very colorful wax and foam figures. He has shown widely throughout the UK and is currently installing a show at VITRINE gallery in Bermondsey Square in London. This new show will be set up like a stage, where each sculpture is set up to move and interact with each other.

Do you have any big projects in the works for this year?

After the this current show at VITRINE, I'm working on an exhibition that has developed as an extension of the works I'm installing at the moment. My hope is that the sculptures will be acting out and moving along to an audio-piece that will come from them. The whole show is on a larger scale than the current work so it should give me the opportunity to work on a more ambitious scale with the works and play on and build up the theatricality of the sculptures.

What are trends do you see happening in sculpture/ the art world/ world at large?

I've always been on the latter end of the curve when it comes to trends so I'm probably not the best person to ask...I don’t know, everyone will be making messy wax figures that move. It'll become all the rage, yeah, maybe that? If not that, folk have told me that fermenting vegetables and collecting VHS is going to be big this year... maybe they already are and I'm just coming late to it.

If you had to make one prediction for 2016, what would it be?

Tottenham win the Premier League

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