“An object dies when the gaze that lights on it has disappeared.” – Chris Marker

Branko Miskovic, "Light in my Heart," Steel, 65" x 37" x 30"

Branko Miskovic, “Light in my Heart,” Steel, 65″ x 37″ x 30″

Sculpture is one of the oldest art forms. This three-dimensional representation has filled many roles in human life before becoming an aesthetic mode of expression. Throughout history, sculptures have been used as vessels of prayer, representations of the ideal man and woman, and monuments to historical figures. Even Pablo Picasso, known primarily for his Cubist painting, turned to sculpture as an artistic form when he wanted the ability to communicate in a three-dimensional medium what is limited on a two-dimensional canvas. Through the use of different materials and styles, artists turn mere objects into art dense with meaning and therefore immortal.

 

In honor of International Sculpture Day (April 24th; in its second year), we are proud to present some of Agora Gallery’s exceptional sculptors.

German Arzate

“Uno (Me),” Bronze, 39.5″ x 32.5″ x 17.5″

german arzate, uno (me)

Self-taught sculptor German Arzate emphasizes the duality of human existence in his artwork. He aims to explore the intersections of emotions, such as pleasure and pain, happiness and sadness, man and woman, sun and moon, love and heartbreak, seduction and betrayal, life and death. He is also interested in exploring the relationship between man and nature and how human aspects intertwine with those of animals, plants, the stars, and the elements.

Maria Bayardo

“The Guilt,” Bronze, 12.5″ x 12″ x 4″

Maria Bayardo, The Guilt

Mexican artist Maria Bayardo works primarily in bronze, fiberglass resin, and fiber to create her elegant, sensuous works. Her artistic practice awakened in her a new sensual side that was previously concealed. She found herself in the figures she created and the process helped her to heal from the inside out. Each of her pieces is infused with emotion, such as pain, guilt, strength, joy, love, or freedom. She is inspired by the sculptural works of Picasso and Giambologna, who both incorporated multidimensional elements into their art.

Lida Boonstra

“Hare,” Unicum in Steel, 25.5″ x 22″ x 11″

Lida Boonstra, Hare

Dutch artist Lida Boonstra explores the possibilities of the traditional bust to express the universality of emotions by humanizing animals. Boonstra uses sheets of steel to create her minimalist works. The rigid character of the metal forces her to omit the inclusion of some detailed elements. In lieu of this, the sculptor tempers the metal to add a variety of colors and lusters to the smooth surface. Boonstra embraces imperfections in the work to show her artistic process in a nod to impressionist paintings, linking the two mediums and their modes of creation.

Annita Faitaki

“Small Head 4,” Bronze with Patina, 2.5″ x 2″ x 2″

annita faitaki, small heads 4

Annita Faitaki creates sculptures that exploit face-like amorphisms to create pieces that are universally recognizable, but distinctly unique. The sculptures are pushed to the brink of surreal form to represent the complexity of the human psyche that is capable of both good and evil. Informed by her time lived in Crete, Athens and New York, Faitaki’s work “gives for to the energy” of the earth.

Helgi Gíslason

“Mind 3,” Bronze, 12″ x 10″ x 7″

Helgi Gislason, Mind 3

Helgi Gíslason’s vision “is to work with my sculptures in twilight between dream and reality”. Although an avid drawer, Gislason works with iron and bronze as a sculptor. He takes the simultaneously strong and delicate character of these mediums to explore the juxtaposition of the organic and inorganic line used in his works. The result is sculptures that defy gravity while still communicating the grounding weight of the material used.

Banjerd Lekkong

“Hanuman’s Standing,” Iron, 72″ x 56″ x 20″

Banjerd lekkong, hanuman's standing

Thai artist Benjerd Lekkong blends art, story and symbolism in his densely packed sculptures that interpret the Hindu pantheon. His background as an architect informs his works and enhances his ability to create compellingly complex three-dimensional sculptures. These iron and steel works depict animals and Hindu gods and are made up of even smaller figures which create a hectic yet graceful energy. He describes his chosen mediums as ones that radiate power.

Patricia Olguín

“Come Close,” Resin, Silver & Black Granite, 8″ x 6″ x 6″

Patricia Olguin, Come Close

Patricia Olguín’s sculptures combine metal, resin, granite and wood to highlight the different textures of each medium in relation to one another. These playful relations between each material’s fibers create a unique sculptural language. The organic shapes of her pieces are beautiful in a way that feels familiar to the viewer.

Richard Page

“Synergy,” Basalt, 27″ x 7″ x 7″

Richard Page, Synergy

New-Zealand based sculptor Richard Page challenges the beauty of nature in his artwork. His organic formations are contrasted with rough areas of exposed texture. Thus, his stone sculptures create a jarring transition from refined to natural beauty. Although his sculptures vary in style, they share the common subject matter of water. His regard for this natural element results in an eroded quality of marine-like patterns that add to his aquatic compositions.

George Pavel

“Meteor,” Bronze, 21.3″ x 6.3″ x 5.5″

George Pavel, Meteor

George Pavel modernizes the aerodynamic aesthetic of Brâncuși. As an intellectual and philosophical artist, Pavel’s works evoke a sense of architectural dynamism in weightless and free flowing formations of bronze, stainless steel, and alabaster. Exploring the relationship between man and the universe, Pavel’s sculptures seem to depict both microscopic and cosmic representation. This timeless quality creates an elegantly mysterious aspect to the work.

Walter Rossi

“The Eternal Self,” Metal, 29″ x 20.5″ x 12.5″

Walter Rossi, The Eternal Self

Italian sculptor Walter Rossi has been working in kinetic art since 2000. By use of a magnetic motor, he is able to animate his sculptures, which typically consist of toys. The effects of these animated sculptures are both profound and humorous, using recognizable objects to a whimsical degree.

Joel Shapses

“Aurora Borealis,” Mixed Media, 19″ x 9″ x 10″

Joel Shapses, Aurora Borealis

The human experience inspires sculptor Joel Shapses. Working with stone, fused glass, metal, bronze, and LED lights, this artist allows the properties of the material to guide his decision making during the artistic process. Shapses’ abstract sculptures emit the passion devoted to their creation, which inspires and provokes viewers.


You can see each of these artist’s work at more on ARTmine.com or feel free to contact us at info@agora-gallery.com

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