Artists always strive to be unique. They may do this with certain techniques not commonly used with mediums or they may go as far as inventing their own thing. When they start to get really good at their own thing, you really begin to realize the level of depth one can achieve with art in the conceptual sense. You begin to realize the boundless possibilities that are only allowed through art.
Rocks are as old as the galaxy and the earth. They’ve been used for primitive cave man drawings and over time they’ve been repurposed for sculpture, etc. Taking such a heavily used commonplace material and using them as a basis for a unique type of art is by no means a simple feat. Rock balancing has been around for a while but by no means is it a simple discipline.
While walking to Queen Street I noticed a crowd around what appeared to be rock sculptures. At the center of it all was a man extremely carefully balancing a concrete block on top of some rocks. The look of focus in his eyes kept the crowd silent while the annoying sounds of traffic on the street beside became so ever more apparent. I looked into it and the man behind it goes by the name of Peter Riedel, a Torontonian Photographer. I can only wonder how he has the patience to do what he does.
Art is too often considered a medium to visually entertain its audience. While it does this, the artist may have greater goals they want to achieve with their work. In the case of this sculpture in Spain that was commissioned by Huwei, a cell phone manufacturing company, their sculpture is a Pegasus statue made of an iron rod frame covered in their Ascend D Quad smart phone. This artwork was meant to be used to increase awareness of their new product. Many will critique corporate art as an act of selling out an artist’s personal practice in order to make money. Nonetheless, art is art no matter how you slice it and is open for any audience for interpretation.
Dalton Ghetti is a Brazilian artist who works with pencils in a fascinatingly unique way. Rather than using the graphite for pencil drawings he uses it literally as material for sculpture. Like how sculptors mold with clay or chisel away at marble, Ghetti chips away at his pencil tips to create tiny masterpieces. Here is his website http://www.daltonmghetti.com/shop.asp
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”
This quote is most commonly associated with Michelangelo as he describes his statue of David. But what he says goes beyond a block of stone. It is often the artist’s job to create as accurate a representation of reality as possible. In the case of Michelangelo and this particular statue, although he undoubtedly did a fantastic job, that statue of David will never be truly comparable to the true human being.
On that note one could use this quote as a metaphor when talking about people. You’ve probably already discovered that people can be much more than their physical appearance and like how it’s the artist’s job to see beauty within a block of stone, it’s in your best interest to get to know people beyond their surface. If you don’t you may never realize the masterpiece that lies within.