Happy 2014 and welcome to Mad Skills Monday, where we showcase top work from young creatives to bring some creative inspiration to beat the post-weekend blues. This week we have some wonderful sculptures and collages from artist Paul Hearn.
Power tool: Black & Decker Workmate WM356
Power song: The Fall - Touch Sensitive
Power snack: Twiglets
Paul Hearn is a fine artist who works with found materials, turning them into sculptures and collages. Wood, paper, image and fabric are collected – then assembled and reassembled – the sense of purpose here being that of bricolage. Heavily influenced by psychedelia and cinema, his artwork, by turns, playfully constructs facades that absurdly anthropomorphises inanimate objects. He has collaborated with many musicians, notably including Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, and has also used sampled music and sounds within his own art pieces.
For his recent MA course, Paul observed the connections between occult practices, popular culture and the arts. These were mostly realised through large-scale 3D pieces and installations.
His final piece, Teenage Quartet, is a collection of sculptures comparing pop music to the occult. This included a 7″ vinyl record intentionally scratched to constantly play the phrase ‘never stop’ over and over again.
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