|A 24-foot high work of a woman and her cat|
The other day I was in Times Square in Causeway Bay and the atrium on the second floor had an interesting exhibition -- art pieces made of books.
They are the artwork of Mike Stilkey who has entitled the exhibition "Full of Smiles and Soft Attentions".
|Fun piece of a bear playing the guitar on the grass|
It's so interesting to see the colourful compilation of the books that were then painted over. Imagine trying to collect that many books to deliberately paint on!
But there's more.
The exhibition features more book "statues", whimsical images of more cats with flamboyant whiskers, an elephant in a suit wading in the ocean, while a bear sits on the grass and plays the guitar.
One of my favourite pieces is a glass "tank" with a pile of books painted like a shark in the water. It immediately brings to mind Damien Hirst's The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.
Instead of a real shark, the painted one does just fine and in fact Stilkey should make a cheeky comment that no animals were harmed during the artistic process.
|A painted shark in a tank... what does it remind you of?|
His work is described as alternatively whimsical and melancholy, evoking the styles of a range of artists including illustrator Edward Gorey and Egon Schiele, an expressionist.
Full of Smiles and Soft Attentions
Until August 5