Peter Gronquist is an Oakland, CA based artist who received his Bachelor of Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001, and then went on to make his mark with a unique combination of sculpture and weaponry. He recently held an exhibit at Gallery 1988 in Venice Beach, California titled “The Evolution Will Be Fabulous”, which featured mounted head and full body animal taxidermy attached with gold and silver assault rifles. For the taxidermy process, Peter normally finds the animal pieces on eBay, removes the antlers himself, and then adds the weapon sculpture. He uses real guns for the blinged out faux designer weaponry, but fake guns for the taxidermy because they’re too heavy. The pieces from the “The Evolution Will Be Fabulous” exhibit range from ($500-$10,000). Check out the other pieces below.
Jonathan Seliger is a New York based artist who earned his BA of Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He’s known for his play on realism and surrealism in unexpected ways, and seems to be inspired by pop art as well. Most of his installations consist of commercial or industrial objects, like shopping bags, takeout boxes, milk cartons, etc. He uses several mediums including oil, acrylic, bronze, canvas, modeling paste, enamel, and copper rope to name a few. Seliger is also admired by various celebrities, and some of you may have noticed one of his pieces in Kanye West’s former residence in Beverly Hills, CA. His works have auctioned for $1,440-$12,500. Check out more of his work below.
Can you believe someone actually paid ($104,327,006) for this burnt sculpture of a walking anorexic man? Well, the sculpture isn’t actually burnt, but it sure looks like it. The piece is titled “L’Homme Qui Marche I”( Walking Man I) and was sculpted by Swiss/Italian artist Alberto Giacometti in 1961. After a fierce bidding war at the Sotheby’s London “Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale” auction, the bronze sculpture was sold to an anonymous rich person for a world record $104.3 million. I know some might call this sculpture art, but I would call it worthless or priceless at best. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around so called “Modern Art”, because anything good or bad can fall under that category. What amazes me is how much some people will pay for this kind of art even though its value is based on the hype that surrounds it. The moral of this story is- as long as you build up enough hype you can sell just about anything to anyone.
Update: The buyer was Brazilian Billionaire Lily SafraCONTINUE