Neil Clifford Bronze & Granite Sculptures (Canada)
“The quality of our lives is enriched and enhanced by surrounding ourselves with art that express values beyond their aesthetic, that possess intelligence in their creation, that one can interact with and that will stimulate the senses every time one engages with them.
Over the past thirty-five years I have travelled to remote areas of the planet, fascinated by cultures who live in community with nature – to engage with artists whose work is imbued with powerful connections to their ancestral lands. The awareness that art-making acts as a vehicle for understanding our place within a greater context, guides my own artistic pursuits.”
Neil Clifford – Spirit Within – Sculpture – Plaster on Stainless Steel detail
(Ce n’est pas vraiment mon style de sculpture, mais la sculpture du cheval est magnifique.)
“Pour donner à cette sculpture tout son pouvoir, ou “dynamique interne”, je développé un procédé qui fait éclater le vernis du cheval. Une fois durci, les pigments révèlent une myriade craquelée aléatoirement – un paysage en surface tout à fait inattendue comme les couleurs absorbées par la matière.
Une illustration unique est née, sans possibilité de précision dans la reproduction ou dans la cohérence de la finition.”
2013 One of a Kind
Hydrocal, Steel, Pigment
27″H 24″W 8″D
To give this sculpture its power, or “internal dynamic”, I developed a process that shatters the veneer of the horse as it is cast. Once cured, pigments wiped across the sculpture reveal myriad random cracking and unseen textures – a wholly unexpected landscape surfaces as the colours are absorbed by the material. A unique artwork is uncovered, with no possibility for accuracy in reproduction or consistency in finish.
Wood Art sculptures by Aron Demetz. Italian artist, born 1972. Europe exhibition Rome, Vienna, Milan or London.
Aron Demetz est un artiste italien né en 1972. Il créé des sculptures (bois d’érable et silicone) dans des poses tantôt sombres, tantôt mélancoliques, jouant sur des figures adolescentes ou enfantines.
Elles sentent l’odeur de résine ou de vernis, tente de symboliser les énergies biologiques et cosmiques qui animent tout être humain. A découvrir ses dernieres sculptures carbonisées.
For years, Aron Demetz (1972) has been focusing on the human figure, on contemporary characters which appear to be frozen in poses of the antique portraiture or paralysed in bizarre postures. This realistic gallery, which very often displays children or adolescents, is highly distinguished because of its formal composure while, at the same time, an atmosphere of melancholic meditation enshrouds the sculptures and makes them somehow classic and somehow stringently modern. In the last two years the artist has dedicated himself to a different projection of the human figure moving from the reflection and the research on emotions to a form of expression which wants to return to its origins, to the most profound human roots. Next to wood (which, however, always remains the soul of all the works) Demetz started to experiment with different materials such as silver and aluminium foils which bestow an aura of original uniqueness on the works, a condition of ethereal pureness. To the spectator, they suggest a metamorphosis, the feeling of observing a being which is changing, which is ready to start a new life, to exploit new possibilities. Through associations, images and symbols these sculptures speak to collective conscience. Fully aware of their own physicality and their physical and spiritual changes, the sculptures most often evoke the constant and meticulous research of the human “position”. A position which, on the one hand, has to be understood in a symbolic way (‘man’ understood as a symbol of power and at the same time of humility), but on the other, it has to be seen in a real, physical way – a position in a space with whom mankind has to interact daily. Recently, Aron Demetz presents a series of works which centres around the topic of cujidures – “seams”. In order to approach this new challenge, the artist chose resin as material to create his figures. The needed resin was collected with great patience from the wounds of the trees in the forests in Val Gardena. This instable material which is in constant change has intrinsic characteristics which are highly evocative. It has a strong scent, it can crystallise, melt, change colour (from an intense yellow to red or black), it can be very sticky or even conserve organic traces and small animals inside itself. By putting resin on his faces and busts, Demetz lays a new skin which saturates, welds or stitches their wounds (which have to be understood as wounds of the soul, as thoughts and important feelings). It is a living skin which not only covers, but even enters the works of art. Once again these sculptures display a range of different, even opposite meanings. Next to stirring life, hope and renewal the sculptures also express something archaic and primitive, a being which visibly evokes a mummified figure and which immediately makes the spectator think of rot and death. Therefore, these works trigger off a reflection on the body as a biological and vital structure with its moods, its smells, its heat and its limits. The works spread a twine of visceral energies which enshrouds everyone who enters the meanders of this primitive cosmos.