Gordon Becker, being utterly captivated by a film of an Inuit carver creating an image full of magic and power from a raw lump of stone, Gordon Becker determined then and there to become a carver and sculptor.
Sculpture: '1956 in Hans Hoffmans Studio (Carved Wood Relaxed Lying Man statues)' by Gordon Becker
this piece is Carved from Laminated White Pine Recumbent On His Side Clothed Man and is Suspended with four fine aircraft cables For Sale by Gordon Becker.
Based on a photograph of Hans Hoffman lecturing students in 1956, the inspiration for this piece was a dimly-seen figure perched above the action, lying on a high beam at the back of the studio. I was struck by the individualism and defiance of the character ready to move beyond even the master of the avant-garde.
72 x 147 x 64 cm (height x width x depth)
approx: 2 ft 4 1/3 in x 4 ft 9 6/7 in x 2 ft 1 1/5 in It is a 0.8 times lifesize sculpture
1956 in Hans Hoffmans Studio (Carved Wood Relaxed Lying Man statues)
Indoors only (finish and/or material and/or size may be unsuitable for the garden)
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Peter de Sausmarez.
"The problem of contemporary sculpture and the garden is one which has rankled in my mind for years. It is usually resolved through a process of inversion-that is turning it into sculpture in the garden as against garden sculpture. By that I mean the sculptor takes over the garden as an open exhibition gallery, of which the focus is their creation, to which the world of nature merely provides the frame.The Idea that sculpture is a contributory element to an overall'mise en scene',in which, sometimes its role may be incedental rather than central, has been lost.In this we have seen the betrayall of the great tradition of garden sculpture, one which was unashamed at being decorative or delightful." Sir Roy Strong
Thank you again for your wonderful and professional assistance throughout. I am so enjoying my "Running Hare"....I call her Lucy. I received a lovely email from Lucy (Lucy Kinsella the Sculptress) earlier this week and the Running Hare (www.artparks.co.uk/s1104) is now safely in my possession. As I told Lucy, the piece is more beautiful and delicate than I had been expecting. She is very special.. Thank you so much for the part you played in bringing us to gather. A... [Read more]
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