Regardless of their modest clothes and completely plaited hair, the ladies that artist Gerard Mas sculpts are spirited, brazen, and undeniably shameless. Whether or not blowing a wad of bubblegum, sporting seen tan strains, or unabashedly digging of their noses, the corset-clad figures are steeped in humor and wit and solid a up to date gentle on the long-held conventions of the medium.
Mas started the continued sequence a few years in the past as he ventured into figurative sculpture and struggled with portraying perfection and magnificence. He shares:
This was an not possible job. There was all the time one thing that broke that magnificence. And a sculpture making an attempt to talk of magnificence with some disproportion or flagrant compositional flaw is pretentious if not ridiculous… I made a decision to anticipate that failure and intentionally introduce discordant parts that broke that pretended magnificence by making our sense of good style squeak. Let’s say it’s an ode to the impossibility of magnificence.
Based mostly close to Barcelona, Mas initially educated as a restorer with a deal with reconstructing floral ornaments in structure. “In my obsession with considering the artwork of different occasions, I additionally realized that our present cultural codes forestall us from considering the artwork of the previous with out reinventing its that means. We’re subjected to an avalanche of every day photos that shapes the way in which we glance,” he says. This expertise continues to tell his apply that seamlessly melds conventional methods—his use of customary supplies like marble, alabaster, carved wooden, gilding, and polychrome, for instance—and up to date subject material.
In the event you’re in Madrid, you’ll be able to see Mas’s sculptures at Estampa from April eight to 11. In any other case, peruse a bigger assortment of his figurative works on his site and Instagram. (through The Jealous Curator)
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