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Product description: My recent work in sculpture and bas relief is idiosyncratically American. It is informed by hot rods, speedboats, and surfboards. A friend said, “They look like boogie boards for an alien ocean.” Actually though, the evolution of the work began several years back when I visited a hotel on the outskirts of Rome. It was decorated in rather grand 1970s chic. There were a lot of metallic tints and ornamental ceramic work. This was also around the same time that I first learned to drive a car. Having grown up in Manhattan it is not unusual to have limited experience with automobiles. Soon I started noticing those metallic colors on cars and began mimicking them in oil paint on canvas. Later on I started to favor sculpture over painting. It all came to a head when I started painting the sculptures for purely pragmatic reasons. (I was working with resins that are not UV stable and must be painted to stem degradation.) Soon I was set up with a virtual auto body shop. Interestingly, I have found that the viewing public at large will more readily accept abstraction in a sculptural format than in two dimensions. A picture by its very nature implies that it is a representation of something, while in three dimensions it already is something which we can relate to viscerally. After all, all form is essentially abstract. A nose or a tree are only shapes until we assign meanings to them - learn what they are - during the first year or so of our lives. My paintings at the time came out of the abstract expressionist tradition of the New York School. That is not to say they were Ab X, I related far more to a surrealist model, but the improvisational, and chiefly biomorphic, modus operendi was rooted in the NY School. And so again the American reference in my recent work. The structure or armature, the substrate for the subsequent painting on the surfaces, is Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) commonly known by the brand name Styrofoam. This material allows me to really have at it immediately with a freedom and spontaneity unavailable in other mediums. In general, sculpture requires quite a bit of technical foresight. But my method of carving the initial shapes from EPS and later coating it with resins - a technique very similar to making a surfboard - makes for a flexible approach akin to jazz, blues, and rock and roll. Metaphorically speaking, once the bass line is established the lead guitar can improvise freely, and it is the same with these painted sculptures in bas relief.
 
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$2937.50 USD

cybernaut

by Christopher Hart Chambers

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  • Product ID#: 18686
  • Dimensions: 25" width x17" height x6" depth
  • Weight: 8 lbs
  • Materials: Other Materials
  • Colors: Blue, Purple, White

Artwork Description: My recent work in sculpture and bas relief is idiosyncratically American. It is informed by hot rods, speedboats, and surfboards. A friend said, “They look like boogie boards for an alien ocean.” Actually though, the evolution of the work began several years back when I visited a hotel on the outskirts ...
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