AJ Fosik: Animal Installations

Image“Fosik’s feral creations take the shape of fantastic beings that communicate through symbolized fictional gods” is a clear description of how AJ Fosik uses his animistic installations to communicate a unique context with his audience. His work creates the illusion that these animals have “powers” through clear “theological narrative”. These “Masterfully made objects” use distinctive shapes to create natural beings. Fosik blends geographical shapes and lines to create natural animal which is a unique approach to use. Alongside the natural outline of the beast being communicated, this designer uses bold colour and pattern to attack the audiences attention and gain their appeal manipulating them to focus within his work. I find the patterns link to cultural work and the “powers” of the traditions that are stereotypically given to them. I truly enjoy looking at Fosik’s work especially his “Always to Dust” collection as the colours connect and contrast well with one another in appealing yet confusing ways. This designer blends graphic, colour, format and design to create his unique installations. 

AJ Fosik has a “technicolour” edge to his wooden sculptures. Many of his designs have been given fluorescent eyes. This could easily and most obviously have been done to force the audience to be immediately attracted to these chosen features of the face of his animals however I would love to see his work under fluorescent lighting as inly chosen areas are painted in this colour and it would create an interesting and appealing view. The blend of bold, simple and eye catching colours allow Fosik’s animals to take on a personality of their own. The colours take the audience into the imagination of the animal as well as the designer and I find this a very interesting and successful approach. The eyes of an animal or person, photograph of illustration are most commonly a factor that immediately draws the audience in, within Fosik’s work they are exactly the features that do this as well as having fascinating colour/patterned borders to assist them. Often using bears within his work, Fosik uses inspiration from his home country that is known for its bears! Taking inspiration from his home town allows Fosik to have an added personal approach to his work and I believe that his pushes his work to be even more successful and it has been crafted to an even more height of perfection. Like if a person were drawing an image of a family member, they would ensure that it would be the best of their talent as it means a lot more to them. To native Americans, this animal would represents “patience and excellent teachers”. I believe that this designer has empowered his work to mimic the personalities that these animals have been stereotypically given. And I like it!

Using wood and in a sculptural installation design style to create these magnificent design pieces, I believe that AJ Fosik is able to use global origins to inspire each of his individual designs. The patterns and colours link to different cultures and backgrounds and I believe that using such a different and appealing theme throughout his work allows each piece to stand alone as well as communicating to the audience as a set. Fosik’s “abnormal fixation with carving” not only links to his work but to his career as he has created his own path to work within, making his work desired by many as they are unique. The original design style of this designer allows his work to communicate an original and personal message and concept to the audience. When viewing his work, I find it admiring to want to understand what each animal is about, what is their purpose and why have certain colours and shapes been chosen. Fosik’s aims to include the “random, chaotic and arbitrary nature of” the animals existence which he successfully completes through colour and shape/alignment. By using less recognizable iconography n his work, this designer is able to produce an imaginary personality to his animals and I find this a lot more playful than simply designing a bear to its exact likeness. Image

Mainly working in a 2D and 3D format, AJ Fosik allows his “pieces really exist in both places and that tension between the two is something I’m really interested in” therefore he is allowing his audience to understand the dimensions of the animal as well as the piece. Computer and digital art has had a large influence on Fosik’s working designs. Through digitally collaging, morphing and editing, Fosik previously used digital media to create most of his designs however he then worked from this to then create each individual piece by hand. I believe that his hand crafted work produces a more appealing effect on the audience as they can appreciate the skill that has been put into the craft rather than simply editing an image on a computer and printing it out. Looking at his past digital work as “dishonest” this designer had admitted that he prefers his hand crafted work as he ditched the computer and focused on the manual design. 

Physically removing his workspace from his home life, this designer allows his creativity to be kept solely on his work so that he refrains from creating more than one piece alike. Personally viewing this set of work from AJ Fosik, I find his designs completely appealing and interesting as I want to view and understand his concept more. The colours are key elements that draw my attention to the work. The unusual blend between 2D and 3D is a way for Fosik to immediately communicate with his audience, he is able to draw in their attention as he is communicating a different approach and design than others have used. 

Reflecting on Fosik’s work, I find that he is able to communicate traditional, cultural narratives with modernised graphic design. His work communicates “a subversive anti-religious commentary” through his depicted fictional gods that take place as bears through his installations. Assigning no specific powers, meanings or tales to each piece Fosik allows the colours and patterns to take the audiences attention and allow them to create a god like creature that the work can be, like a novel’s characters can be interpreted to who the reader wants them to be with little direction from the writer. “Spiritual iconography” is a key element within the concept of Fosik’s work and I believe that the unique concept alongside the unusual design and medium works perfectly well together. Seen as being “rich testaments to the power of his obsessive curiosity”, this designers work includes looming eyes, wide jaws and viscous expressions all created through carefully overlapped wooden shingles. I also find the angle of the animal fascinating as the animal is lunging toward the audience, as if they are attacking them, immediately gaining their attention and communicating the power struggle between audience and piece. These creations are anything but subtle and this is an excessively successful design choice by Fasik.

Overall I love these deigns!

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