Thursday, August 7, 2008

CHICKEN WIRE MASTERPIECES


Jean-Michael Basquiat by Ivan Lovatt


Australian sculptor, Ivan Lovatt , creates wonders with chicken wire. It must be one of the most difficult ways to create art which is probably why you don't find many people doing it in quite the unique style that Lovatt does. All the layers of mesh twisted and folded to form the hills and dales that make up a face like Einstein's.....



or a man's jacket or Dame Ednas purple possum picker ........



.....or an owl.


The man's clearly a genius.

20 comments:

  1. I wonder if it goes rusty? and what his hands must be like?
    Thank you for showing this.

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  2. Robyn..Wow.. what a talent...these are fantastic.. I know chicken wire and I don't know how they could manipulate it so precisely ...

    beyond that I love chickens, so anything in connection with them is something to crow about.... er-er-errr...xmrcut

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  3. Jackie I'm wondering if the wire is galvanised. His hands must surely get in a big mess. He also works with driftwood sculptures which might be easier on the hands. The little bit of rusty metal that I use causes havoc with my poor hands.

    Gwen...LOL....we will crow together shall we?

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  4. omg, these are truly mindblowing. like jackie, i wonder if they rust. that'd be fabulous! and like gwen, i wonder how on earth they can manipulate the wire so precisely... and back to jackie, what on earth must this do to their hands?!! can you wear gloves and still make something this detailed???

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  5. lol, robyn, we posted at the same time! so we're all wondering the same things!!

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  6. I think we should have a chat line here, Lynne. Gloves don't work for me. They actually trip my fingers up and I'm always making holes in them and I don't even work with that much wire.

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  7. I can't imagine the strength he must have in his hands! I can barely get chicken wire around the veggies in my garden let alone create sculpture with it! Brilliant!! I love all the artists you are presenting here...It's always such a great surprise!

    (chicken wire doesn't rust)

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  8. These are amazing...
    I love this sort of wire scuplture...could gaze at it for hours.
    I wonder if he uses heat to help manipulate the wire like that!
    They would look fantastic 'rusted'too...

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  9. Genius is right!! These are incredible!!! Such detail. Thanks for posting these...I love them. :)

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  10. Good comments Jackie. This work is fascinating! I never would have thought chicken wire could be made into something so lovely.

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  11. Thanks for sharing. Such marvellous work who would have thought chicken wire could be manapulated into such amazing forms.

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  12. I've only got on thing to say...Wow!

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  13. Stephanie, thanks for that little gem. Chicken wire doesn't rust. (What a pity...I had all sorts of ideas about using rusty chicken wire.)

    Jo, thats a point I hadn't thought of....using heat to help manipulate the wire. Pity Ivan doesn't have a blog so we can go and ask him.

    Kate and Willow...truly amazing!

    Chris and Embellisher, I am constantly amazed at the things people do.

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  14. Those are amazing! What a skill!

    The Broken man

    http://theblogofabrokenman.blogspot.com/

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  15. Stunning! Only a very, very talented person can make anything out of chicken wire!

    The owl is amazing.

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  16. Yes, genius is exactly the word I would use. Simply amazing!

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  17. OH MY YOU SEEM TO FIND THE MOST ASTOUNDING WORKAS OF ART - THANKS FOR LETTING US SHARE THEM WITH YOU.

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  18. Robyn, you're too good for me. Thank you for your comments.

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