Regardless of their modest garments and fully plaited hair, the women that artist Gerard Mas sculpts are spirited, brazen, and undeniably shameless. Whether or not 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 stable a updated light on the long-held conventions of the medium.
Mas began the continued sequence a few years up to now as he ventured into figurative sculpture and struggled with portraying perfection and magnificence. He shares:
This was an not attainable job. There was on a regular basis one factor that broke that magnificence. And a sculpture attempting to speak of magnificence with some disproportion or flagrant compositional flaw is pretentious if not ridiculous… I made a choice to anticipate that failure and deliberately introduce discordant components that broke that pretended magnificence by making our sense of good fashion squeak. Let’s say it’s an ode to the impossibility of magnificence.
Primarily based near Barcelona, Mas initially educated as a restorer with a deal with reconstructing floral ornaments in construction. “In my obsession with contemplating the art work of totally different events, I moreover realized that our current cultural codes forestall us from contemplating the art work of the earlier with out reinventing its which means. We’re subjected to an avalanche of daily photographs that shapes the way in which by which we look,” he says. This experience continues to inform his apply that seamlessly melds standard strategies—his use of customary provides like marble, alabaster, carved picket, gilding, and polychrome, for example—and updated topic materials.
Within the occasion you’re in Madrid, you’ll see Mas’s sculptures at Estampa from April eight to 11. In some other case, peruse a greater assortment of his figurative works on his site and Instagram. (by means of The Jealous Curator)
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