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issue 21 - August/September 2014
CURVE magazine cover August/September 2014
   
by Julia Randall’s Flair

     While artist Julia Randall’s series ’Blown’ doesn’t essentially use gum as a material, it features imagery of chewing gum, blown into bubbles in various states of inflation and deflation. Her point of departure is viewing bubblegum as a banal, disposable material, and that the pleasure taken from its flavor is fleeting. ’Metaphorically, a fully inflated bubble suggests cheeky youthful pleasure and optimism; however, a deflating bubble hints at disappointments and missed opportunities,’ reasons the New York based artist.
   
The Bubbly Sweethearts of Jason Kronenwald

     What’s easy on the eye and full of fruity flavor? Any of Jason Kronenwald’s Gum Blondes... The Toronto based artist makes striking portraits of famous female faces out of chewed bubblegum. ’Because gum is colorful and sculptural and yet destined to be thrown in the garbage, I thought it had great potential as an art material. It just seemed natural to use chewed gum to create a portrait of a blonde celebrity,’ explains Kronenwald, who’s depicted everyone from Britney Spears to Paris Hilton to Madonna.
   
Chewing Gum Man Ben Wilson

     Careful where you toss your gum on the streets (not that we’re condoning this act), because artist Ben Wilson may find it and reclaim it as his canvas. But on looking at the fruits of his labor, we are thankful (reluctantly so) that some people have the nerve to throw their gum on the pavement. An English wood carver and artist, Wilson has over the years earned the title of the Chewing Gum Man, as he uses discarded chewing gum, heats it with a blow torch and lastly paints over it - stunning, intricate paintings.
   
Dan Colen Splatters His Quirkiness on Canvas

     The work of Dan Colen is as wayward as its maker. Once pegged as one of the bad boys of New York’s ’Warhol Children’ art set, he’s tried his hands at many materials and mediums over the years. The New Jersey native first gave chewing gum a shot in 2005, using it, intermittently, until he felt he mastered the technique by working with warmed gum and throwing it against the canvas.
   
The Sculptures of Maurizio Savini

     Italian artist Maurizio Savini is oftentimes referred to as the unrivaled master of chewing gum sculptures. It’s a perfectly understandable designation, given the sheer scale and magnetism of Savini’s work. To date, he’s carved out everything from life-size gorillas to colossal chandeliers to businessmen suspended in the air, all using his preferred medium, chewing gum, which he deems extremely versatile to use and manipulate.
ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS
    
BLOWN AWAY
    
STAY IN STYLE
    
CRUISE TRAIN
    

CHISELED TO PERFECTION
    

THE GREAT SIR RENDER
    

Straight Lines
 
    

BEAUTY BY THE SEA
    

PATCHWORK
    

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