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luxury_art 05-10-2008 07:22 AM

Modern bronze sculpture
This is the sculpture i prefer.


The work of the sculptor, reveals a refinement of taste and a sculptural line which seem to derive from a study of the goldsmith’s tradition.

Artist and alchemist in equal parts, he grew up with a conventional education, before striking out on his own creative path, which has led him to devise structures of intriguing complexity in the warm, golden medium of bronze.

The attraction of these compositions lies precisely in the fact that they are the result of a way of working which lives and operates within informal experience, where the artist makes play with references of a technological flavour, which are then developed into formal results with a transparent configuration.

He is thus able to bring together two diverse tendencies in harmonious coexistence within a very distinctive expressive framework. He uses this combination of the concreteness of mechanical form and the allusiveness of non-form to maximum aesthetic effect, where the stylistic organisation of form translates into a desire to confer on these pieces a purely imaginative character, and where the spatial structures clearly borrowed from the exact sciences are interlinked by logical connections, which are however organised according to suppositions drawn from the realms of poetry and fantasy.

In this sense his way of proceeding has an almost monumental feel to it, and as you get closer to these bronze sculptures, what is startling is the expressive treatment whereby ganglia of brain cells or curious vegetable growths are melded into organisms which seem like the products of a happy poetic intuition.

He is certainly a child of our time, given that he can make art precisely out of his perception of the socio-cultural situation we live in, out of alienation in other words, and the contradictions that arise from our dependence on technology. Through all this, he still feels the need to adhere to a geometrical formation which is presented as categorical, almost as paradigmatic.

He builds architectures that are closed, linear, encrypted yet airy, with a powerful sense of movement in the shape, and curiously stable in their spatial incongruity. They appear in fact to deceive the eye, which is drawn in by the luminosity of the bronze surface and the disturbing depth of the twisting labyrinths, which seem to have no definable start or boundaries.

His imagination leads him to set up convoluted and macrocosmic situations, where layer upon mysterious layer masks a psychological interiority, creating a series of imaginary anatomies, or tangles of fibrous and vital organic material.

The continual interweaving of these structures suggests the theoretical formulations of an artist-scientist, who embarks on an exploratory adventure with reason as his guide, in a non-place which he reproduces in terms of pure rhythm, where the laws of nature appear to be subverted.

The decorative and volumetric skill which the artist brings to bear on this material reveals a brilliantly inventive imagination, able to exploit every detail of the sculpted form to create contrasts between the smooth surfaces and the intricate irregularities, which have the look of solidified eruptions of primordial magma. Within these structures the air itself becomes a protagonist, a structural element which defines the dynamic shape that the volatile bronze will assume.

This script made up of ambiguous signs does not ask to be deciphered, but rather demands a visual and mental openness towards a message which is wholly anomalous, the product of a free and subversive spirit.

Vittorio Sgarbi for

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GlennT 05-10-2008 11:08 AM

Re: Modern bronze sculpture
Nice sculpture. Fun shapes. Good blend of nature and machine.

Can't say the same for the blargon jargon, which is about 10 tedious paragraphs too long. Let the work speak for itself. The labryinth of form is way better than the a labyrinth of verbal blather.

I am hoping that the poster, "luxury art", and the sculptor, Vittorio Sgarbi, are two different people, since the descriptions are given in the 3rd person. Oherwise it comes off as strange. Although, on rare occasions while playing basketball, I have had an opponent who had a play-calling announcer in his head, describing outloud his own moves thusly, "...ten seconds left....the kid fakes to the left, he does a cross-over dribble, shakes his defender, pulls up for a fade away jumper, he misses, the crowd groans, but the kid gets his own rebound and lays it in as the buzzer sounds...the crowd goes wild!"

Meanwhile back to the mythic-quality work...These seem to be jewelry sized-pieces, but that is not entirely clear. They would work well at a larger scale, or perhaps they already are.

fritchie 05-11-2008 06:17 PM

Re: Modern bronze sculpture
luxury_art: Welcome to our community, and in general I agree with what GlennT says. I generally don't watch videos, as I don't have a high-speed connection, and your site seems to allow no way for the viewer to choose his/her own images; just to watch them as they scroll by slowly in a predetermined fashion.

The forms are interesting, but all I saw were variations on one or two themes - a sphere or cube filled with internal, fractured membranes. The work and quality are fine, but honestly I'd like to see more variation, more originality.

I also saw no indication of size or of price. All these things are important to our viewers.

rika 05-13-2008 09:38 AM

Re: Modern bronze sculpture
I find the sculptures stunning. Very original style. I like the organic forms. They all seem to be part of an exhibit. And they are large scale if you watch the video.
I agree, the artist's statement wasn't necessary, a short introduction would have been enough, but that doesn't take away anything from the art.
Very talented artist, I would definitely go and see his exhibit!

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