The works of this singular sculptor have toured the entire world on a real plane and in a digital environment.
Michael DeLucia and his experimentation surrounding intended wear /
Proposing an interesting approach to everyday objects, the American sculptor Michael DeLucia (1978) explores the aesthetic potential of hoarding, re-contextualisation and destruction. After studying in two prestigious art schools, he was a workshop assistant for Jeff Koons. And when he had his first solo exhibition, the audience’s acclaim made him one of the favourite sculptors of the contemporary art scene.
DeLucia experiments which worn wooden slabs. During this process singular geometric compositions emerge, revealing pigmented fibres, seeping into the worn wood. Although we can perceive a sort of whim in the haphazard deformity of some of his pieces, the pyramid, the cube, the circle and the sphere, these are some of his favourite pieces. After the artist has worn down the pieces using digital and electric processes, he mentions: “I wonder about the condition of sculpture in the technological age,” who observes that “today we work on the computer, which is an abstract and spatially fragmented place, and 99% of people will only see the exhibition on-line.”
Although he expresses his concerns surrounding technological art, his pieces do not lose their plasticity or their gestures. His incursions into installation have resulted in pieces that experiment with accumulation and intended disorder. His practices juxtapose wearing down and novelty, representing it graphically with everyday objects, and with the opposition of several materials and tools that are taken from their quotidian context.
Michael DeLucia is a creator that eloquently represents our era. His pieces are parallelisms of society, the business world and technology, a world that erodes and wears down with time. The latter, added to his characteristic style and a marked talent impress his work with an overflowing relevance.Tagged: Michael DeLucia, contemporary art, art and environment