Friday, May 7, 2010

Sculpture and Robert Austin Gonzalez

Sculpture doesn't exist in a vacuum.
It just feels that way when you are making it.

Getting all the forms to agree with each other, what I call "sewing it back into itself", making every part of the sculpture internally consistent, takes total concentration.

But once it is finished, it must jostle with every other object in the world. Art sites tend to show the object floating in space, in that gallery vacuum of shadowless white. Timeless, but also boring.

It gets interesting when sculpture is juxtaposed with other things, in this case an interior designed by Robert Austin Gonzalez found on Design to Inspire.

Even as I make this argument, this enormous carved wooden relief is reducing the mid century furniture around it to garish radioactive x-rays. It's a giant mandala of texture and patterning, humming with intensity. I can't imagine sitting with my back to it.


Stone Art said...

Wow that cool, can only imagen the amount of time it took to make that.

Patrick Gracewood said...

Sunny, it's amazing, isn't it?
Don't know if the carving is Indian, Balinese... The article talks about the furniture but nothing about the most amazing object in the entire space. Seems rude to not introduce us to it, no?