Archive for June, 2009

Donald Gialanella’s St. George and the Dragon Parallax Cross

Posted in Metal, mixed media, Videos on June 28th, 2009 by Alice – 2 Comments

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Donald Gialanella work is in found in public places and private collection around the world. When I contacted him, he had just returned from Perth Australia. His design St. George and the Dragon Parallax Cross was named a finalist for the St. George’s Cathedral sculpture competition. Incredible, what a visually delightful paradox. We certainly wish him well in the competition.

St. George and the Dragon Parallax Cross

From his website I learned; Donald studied in New York City at The Cooper Union under Louise Bourgeois, Jim Dine, Vito Acconci and Hans Haacke. The school’s traditional apprenticeship programs exposed him to bronze casting, steel fabrication, painting, drawing and graphic design, while classes with conceptualists Vito Acconci and Hans Haacke introduced him to anti-academic and revolutionary aesthetics. After graduating in 1979 and being awarded the Elliot Lash Prize in recognition of his monumental wood and steel tripods exhibited in Cooper Park, Gialanella was asked by Bourgeois to work as her assistant.  Throughout the following year Gialanella worked directly with Louise, doing everything from assembling armatures for her sculptures to creating odd portals, which she was fond of scurrying through from room to room, that he punched through the walls of her Chelsea brownstone with a pickax.

(If you would  like to know more about Louise Bourgeois, you can certainly do an online search for Louise Bourgeois, but here is a link to get you started.)

Ankara Turkey In 1992 Gialanella ventured to Turkey and devoted two years teaching art at Bilkent University. One morning as he wandered through a rural part of the Old City in Istanbul, he was hypnotized by a clanking rhythm. “My ears led me to the coppersmiths who were creating intricate designs with the simplest of tools, as they have done for centuries.  This inspired me to start working on sculpture again, hammering and bending to shape the steel in an organic way. In this exotic and ancient culture I began to spiritually reconnect with myself and experienced an artistic re-birth. A year later I had my first major one-man show at Ars Gallery Ankara and gained the confidence to devote myself completely to achieving my personal artistic vision.”

Torso

I was struck by the diversity of materials in these two sculptures

Midden Woman

I enjoy his satire as shown in this smaller sculpture depicting the mortgage crisis.

American DreamerDon is well known for his animal of which he has done many. From life size horses to smaller figures of animal that you can see here on his website. The Horse is the first piece he created in his new studio in Taos New Mexico. It’s made of Heavey gauge cut and forged steel with an acid wash finish. 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and stands 5 feet 6 inches tall at the shoulder.

Horse

I love this rooster’s color .

Le-Cog-55

Maybe my favorite work is Idea Man below. Although it certainly is a challenge to choose just one of Don’s pieces as favorite. There are so many to choose from that I have posted more here than I usually do.

Idea ManDon writes about Idea Man, “A completely three dimensional image, this fanciful steel sculpture is a logical progression of my Fragment Portraits. He rides a simple unicycle while supporting his enormous head appointed with Hermes-like wings that give flight to his formidable powers of creativity.”

His method for creating his Fragment Portraits is fascinating. He writes, “I draw the face directly onto a sheet of steel and cut it into fragments which define the facial features in a specifically descriptive way. Then I reassemble the “jigsaw puzzle” and weld it together from the back to reunite the portrait. The color and texture is done with various chemical patinas, paint, metalic powders, and a grinder.”

To really understand his process watch the video below.

I’m going to leave you with an interesting and delightful adventure into the world we are living in. Don was featured in several Magazines both in print and online. The online Magazines are the ones that are so interesting and interactive. Not only will you learn more about Donald Gialanella work, but somehow, with both photos and video and because it is so full of life, it makes the reader/viewer more engaged.

The first is CTN Green Maganzine, his article and videos are on pages 20 and 21. The video is the same as the one above, but the presentation is really interesting.  Please take a minute, you’ll truly enjoy it. After you spend the time with Don on these pages, you might want to look at the rest of the magazine, interesting.

The second magazine with an interview with Don is Deviance from deviantART. You can download the issue to your computer. It’s well worth it.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Don Gialanella and his work. There is so much more for you to explore on his site, Donald Gialanella – Metal Sculpture.

Please take a minute to add a comment, let me know what you think, I really would like to hear from each of you.

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The Figurative Sculpture of Carolina Rodriquez Baptista

Posted in Bronze on June 24th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment
La-Intuitiva

La-Intuitiva

Carolina Rodriquez Baptista work is appealing to me for several reasons. Not the least of which is the gracefulness of her figures. What made me stay on her site for a longer than normal visit, is that her figures have a dream like quality that takes my imagination and holds it close.

La-Observadora

La-Observadora

It seems as if most of her work has a spray of numbers somewhere on the piece. I asked her if she could share their meaning with me.

“My background and original career was graphics. I studied graphics in Parsons and worked in graphics in NY. I used to do packaging, and advertising for Swatch, HBO, Verizon, Amex among others.”

“I guess the numbers and letters in my work is something I kept from my past. I believe sculpture is like photography or poetry, you are trying to capture a moment, a feeling, an instant. Numbers represent those moments. You cannot see it in the photographs but I also generally write phrases on the pieces, sometimes you can recognize them, sometimes you cannot. They are not there to be read, but they are part of the piece. Sometimes they are mine and sometimes they are borrowed from friends or authors I love and admire.”

“As you can see in the site my main theme has been women, I find great fascination in the female form, but specially in the female soul. I feel we are so many things at different times in our lives, from there comes the names of my last set of sculptures.”

All of the sculpture that I have pictured here are from Carolina’s last set.

Los-Optimista

Los-Optimistas

Her pieces float or seem to defy gravity. They’re sensual with a smile and a provoking suggestion of another world.

Pret-a-Porter

Pret-a-Porter

I love these dresses, don’t you? All of the pieces shown here are of bronze and metal.

Carolina is originally from Venezuela, she left Caracas at 19 to study in NY, where she lived and worked for ten years. In 2001 she moved to Miami, and because of her husbands work she has lived for the past 8 years between Miami and Madrid. Most of her work is done in Madrid  where she has a studio and the foundry she uses is there also.

La-Romantica

La-Romantica

To see more of Carolina’s work visit her website where you will find some of her paintings as well.

Carolina’s  work is represented in Miami, FL at the Virginia Millar Gallery, in Madrid, Spain at the Galeria DURAN, and in Paris, France at the Espace Meyer Zafra.

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