Monday, March 31, 2008

Paper Trilobites

Trilobite Olenoides (take 2 inspired by Bernie Peyton)

Not many of us possess the patience, skill and ingenuity of Sipho Mabona, a dexterous executor of the art known as Origami. His original designs capture the essence of the living subjects he choses to depict, and his recreation of the extinct trilobite Olenoides conveys equal vitality. Sipho has even allowed us to glimpse his creations in various stages of completion, showing us the incredible transformation from a flat sheet of paper to an impressive artwork. Despite the fact that this process is carefully documented, we are still left with a profound sense of mystery and delight when confronted with these creations' immense complexity. Sipho's devotion to his art form, and to recreating a vanished trilobite clearly show immense versatility, determination and talent.

the making of an origami trilobite

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Michel Gagne's Trilobites

Trilobite Trilobite

Few people on Earth express the endless creative vision and determination of artist Michel Gagne. His seemingly boundless imagination roams from alien galaxies to the world of the microcosmos, from the petri dish to the jungles of Madagascar, from the far future to the beginning of time itself. His fascination with the changing face of our planet has inspired a life long obsession with trilobites, culminating in the curation of The Trilobite Show.

Trilobite from "Frenzied Fauna: From A to Z"

The Trilobite Show is a celebration of humans' appreciation of the boundless diversity and incredible beauty of a vanished empire of strange aquatic invertebrates that ruled the ancient oceans. Contributions to the show range from photographic fossil reference and sculpture to Michel's imaginative and often abstract trilobite visions. Michel's trilobites have appeared in his books, in gallery shows and in private collections. In many ways, Michel's works reflect the incredible diversity and unflagging success of one of the most prolific and ubiquitous arthropod groups ever to have existed on this planet. His visions continue to inspire and delight anyone who comes in contact with this maverick artistic genius.

Rex Sketch