Conflagration

Conflagration-animation-500

Conflagration
gunpowder, acrylic, wood
100″x55″x48″

I know… animated gifs are annoying. Sorry, it just seemed like a fun way to show off a sculpture.

Once again, I have taken Giambologna’s “Rape of the Sabine” sculpture from Florence as my starting point. Pulling several images from the internet I have re-constructed pieces of it, offering a strange two-dimensional approach to representing a three-dimensional object. This is an attempt to realize the sculpture in a more South Western vocabulary based on billboards, windmills, oil derricks  and the general ubiquity of faded, weathered, and broken signage.

I particularly like the fragments of body parts as both abstractions, formal elements, and as stand-in’s for the entirety of the figure. The gunpowder burned pattern on the limbs is the same pattern I have used previously based on the decorative breach of a Winchester rifle.

I could probably say more, but why don’t I just leave you some pictures.

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