Miami Art Week 2016: Masked + Distorted Faces

Conveying the essence of the human form amidst obstruction

The human form has manifested in art since creativity’s earliest days. Further, many of the most iconic works across time convey figures and faces—be it within sculptural realism or avant-garde poeticism. As expected, all of the fairs we attended during Miami Art Week contained pieces depicting people and their visage. This year, however, a substantial amount of work contained masked or distorted forms. A recognizable …

Wei Li’s Encased Leather Luggage

3D models of the human form meet handmade leather for functional art

While exemplary luggage brands abound, we’ve never quite seen anything like artist Wei Li‘s most recent collection, dubbed “Encased.” Li evokes physical attributes, by way of body, balance and tension—from actual human models. 3D renderings lead to mold construction, as Li ultimately modifies high end leather so that it bears something sensual, equal parts soft and strong. “I guess I didn’t start the project knowing …

Miami Art Week 2014: Reimagining The Human Form

Paintings and sculptures that reconstruct the figure in beautiful new ways

A centuries-long obsession with human form continues to inspire artists across all media. Both the familiar and the unknown, the easy-to-recognize and the purely abstract, it is the self and the other. At this year’s Miami Art Week, many works caught our attention that reconstructed the human image with refreshing perspective. Across both painting and sculpture, here are a few favorites from multiple fairs. Not …