Dimitri Tsykalov’s Fruit Skulls

Artists experimenting with new mediums is a risky move, but can yield quite impressive results. A great example of someone who is not limited by traditional mediums is artist Dimitri Tsykalov. Recently he has been working on  these badass fruit/vegetable skulls that he meticulously carves, ages, and then photographs them.

He has made quite a few skulls using apples (neat how the innards of the apple end up looking poorly bleached bone):

 and he’s made a couple of these mummy cabbage skulls:

as well as a melons and aubergines (eggplants, you dummy).

He uses use an electric drill, saw, axe, kitchen knives, spoons, scalpel, pincers and cotton wool pads to make each of these pieces, and they end up looking pretty cool, especially after the effects of aging. Seems like he took the American halloween pumping carving tradition and refined it.

Using unorthodox materials for art pieces is nothing new for Mr. Tsykalovs. He’s noted using a broad spectrum of materials, and more recently he was noted for using meat for some of his sculptures. Here are a couple:

This is surely a cannibal’s wet dream.

More fruit and meat after the jump!



Massive Mylar “Mineral Rocks”

Wish I was able to see this in person: New York’s Pace Gallery just received an installation on the larger scale. Brooklyn-based artist Tara Donovan crafted this outlandish 11-foot tall sculpture by folding a ton of thin mylar (polyester film) into these strange orbs. It’s her first major exhibit since her show in November 2007 at the Met.

She’s a master of giving everyday items a new life, which is reflected in her work’s popularity. I mean her last show (pictured below) was extended for a full year due to popular demand.