10 Applicable Artworks About Hands

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Almost everything we do is done with our hands. We type, eat, lift and hold with a palm surrounded by four dextrous fingers and a very useful thumb. Hands mean action – when they’re at work, so are we. Here, artists show us hands detached from the bodies they belong to so that we see them as our hands, our mother’s and our brother’s hands. Things as basic as body parts bring us together, show us what we have in common. These artworks give our hands imagined abilities we’d never have considered, letting us for a moment feel attentive, skilled, connected, trapped and powerful all at once.

The 16th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant said, “The hand is the visible part of the brain.” These paintings and drawings and photographs let us see the outcome of what’s within.

1. Katarzyna

  Wolodkiewicz, Caress (2011)

[zl_mate_code name=”Orange Dynamic” label=”3″ count=”1″ who=”div” text=”In a world of swirling brushstrokes, a single hand reaches down with fingers curled.

The hand carefully scratches a blue line against the orange, spreading its soft color deeper into a fire of orange and red.”]

hand2

[/zl_mate_code] Source: mydarkenedeyes.tumblr.com

 

 

2. Mary E. Bresciani, Radioactive

  (2013) 

[zl_mate_code name=”Green Dynamic” label=”4″ count=”1″ who=”div” text=”Five fingers are laid out matter-of-factly before us in black and white.

We can see bones glowing underneath the skin because here we have x-Ray vision. “]

hand9

[/zl_mate_code] Source: unplu66ed.tumblr.com

 

 

3. Hong Sungchul, String

  Mirror (2009)

[zl_mate_code name=”Pink Dynamic” label=”1″ count=”1″ who=”div” text=”In a photograph printed on elastic strings, two pairs of hands reach a cross the distance, grabbing wrists and doubling the bond by pulling gently, elegantly forward with the other hand. “]

hand4

[/zl_mate_code] Source: insolacion.tumblr.com

 

 

4. Shohei Otomo

[zl_mate_code name=”Blue Dynamic” label=”2″ count=”1″ who=”div” text=”A hand that’s drawn in black and white makes the red elastic glow.

The rubber band is stretched around the thumb from pinky to index finger, locked and loaded with the potential energy to snap.”]

hand5

[/zl_mate_code] Source: insolacion.tumblr.com

 

 

5. Truls Espedal, The

   Return (2010)

[zl_mate_code name=”Orange Dynamic” label=”3″ count=”1″ who=”div” text=”A tiny bird is coming in for a landing on an outstretched finger.

The hand emerges from the center of the canvas’ dark bottom, its palm in the exact middle of a green-brown background.”]

hand  [/zl_mate_code] Source: fer1972.tumblr.com

 

 

6. Corinne Reid 

[zl_mate_code name=”Blue Dynamic” label=”2″ count=”1″ who=”div” text=”This hand extends from the bottom in the same way, but it’s joined by a scratchy vine of black and grey that surrounds it and the pencil it holds.

Does the creepy vine carry the words for the pencil to write or prohibit them?”]

hand3

[/zl_mate_code] Source: insolacion.tumblr.com 

 

 

7. Daniel Grzeszkiewicz,

  I’m Back

[zl_mate_code name=”Green Dynamic” label=”4″ count=”1″ who=”div” text=”A hand breaks through a wall, dramatically pulling itself through the hole it made.

The wall drips black and the hand is hunched forward like it’s on the prowl for more wall to break.”]

hand8

[/zl_mate_code] Source: perpetu8.tumblr.com

 

 

 

8. artist unknown

[zl_mate_code name=”Pink Dynamic” label=”1″ count=”1″ who=”div” text=”Two pink hands melt in a sea of turquoise.

One is just fingers but the other is cut off at the wrist, stretching up to avoid the fate of becoming liquified pink.”]

hand1

[/zl_mate_code] Source: cmd-zeta.tumblr.com

 

 

9. Bethany LeAnne, Creating

  Disasters

[zl_mate_code name=”Orange Dynamic” label=”3″ count=”1″ who=”div” text=”Two hands cup a lightening bolt that springs from a tiny glowing cloud.

There’s real power here, or at least a deep desire for it – a need to feel able to do more.”]

hand10

[/zl_mate_code] Source: unplu66ed.tumblr.com

 

 

10. Oriol Angrill Jordà, Hand by

   Hands (2007)

[zl_mate_code name=”Blue Dynamic” label=”2″ count=”1″ who=”div” text=”A hand has hands for fingers.

Five different hands move and stretch from the same palm, like we’re looking into multiple dimensions of expression.”]

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[/zl_mate_code] Source: insolacion.tumblr.com

 

 

 

 

Dome’s Bony Lament

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These are the walls painted by German street artist Dome, who first discovered spray paint in 1995 and his works have been shown in exhibitions all over Germany and Italy since 2001. He studied communications design at the Academy of Art in Mainz, Germany, and in 2010 he moved his focus from spray paint to drawing in ink. His website includes a page of pictures of Dome working in his studio in Karlsruhe, Germany – a city located near the country’s south-west side close to the French border.

His works all have the same dark, satirical style to them – black broken up bodies detailed with simple white lines that hint at the bones underneath, heads usually covered by the head of an animal, and the animal heads all have strings coming from their bases so that we know they’re just masks. There are lots of umbrellas and keys, and most have a sense of humor that eases the lament of the central figure that seems to symbolize what we’ve lost.

 

"ark istanbul"

“ark istanbul”

Freedom is Painful 5m x 7m mixed media on wall at Leoncavallo in Milano/Italy May 2012

Freedom is Painful
5m x 7m
mixed media on wall
at Leoncavallo in Milano/Italy May 2012

 

Body parts float like they’d been cast as part of a voodoo fortune charm, hovering and just for a second tricking your eyes into believing that magic is real. The floating sticks of black arrange themselves into a posture, lunging forward so that it’s tied on elk’s head can scream into a megaphone. There’s no one there though, just a pile of upturned umbrellas. Above his head, skeletons hold a ribbon reading “Freedom in painful,” and on the bottom of the framed scene lies another ribbon that commemorates a life lived from 1975-2012. (if you know the word or its translation, please comment!) Leaves fall around the entire scene – they’re a delicate white at the top, but at the bottom they’re black and roughly outlined.

 

Des Todes Bruder (death’s brother) 2,3m x 8,2m Karlsruhe/Germany-Entenfang-an der Alb 2012

Des Todes Bruder (death’s brother)
2,3m x 8,2m
Karlsruhe/Germany-Entenfang-an der Alb
2012

“no titel” 3,5 m x 1,8 m stencil on wall june 2012 Vienna/Austria at Sabotage Films

“no titel”
3,5 m x 1,8 m
stencil on wall
june 2012
Vienna/Austria at Sabotage Films

 

 

 

“Holding Hands” shows a simplification of Dome’s aesthetic that integrates with the environment – street art at its best.

A giant hand reaches up, formed by the base of the column supporting the highway above, and long skinny fingers stretch on to the concrete’s underbelly with wrinkles and nails outlined in rough, swirled lines of white.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Holding Hands”  Karlsruhe/Germany Acrylic on concrete 2013 -04

“Holding Hands”
Karlsruhe/Germany
Acrylic on concrete
2013 -04

 

For more of Dome’s work, see his website.