These pieces took hundreds of hours of labor to make. The copper wire figure has an aluminum toe tag which is engraved with the name: Chris Mason 35. These pieces are in good condition, with some surface dust and a few frayed wires from exhibition and storage please see photos. It is doubtful that such a lovely and rare selection of Mason's sculptural art will ever be offered again in this setting.
Please check out my other listings for more wonderful and unique artworks! Chris Mason graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration with honors from Parsons School of Design in 1992. Mason's artistic career began as a muralist and faux-finisher. Adept at trompe-l'oeil and neo-classical landscape, his work appears in some of the finest homes.In 1999, Mason embarked on an exploration on the U. It was at this time that he began working more extensively with wire, a medium he had previously used only as armature. I've always found the human form to be the most compelling subject to render in any medium. The action of climbing provides an opportunity to look at the figure suspended in space, to be able to see from angles less seen in most traditional sculpture. Throughout history, no artistic subject has been expressed more often than the human figure. In action or repose, from battle scenes to portraits, artists and viewers alike have been fascinated by it. As a sculptor, the two biggest influences on my work have been High Renaissance Figurative Art and comic books. By definition, sculpture is 3-dimensional and traditionally finished in some hard substance such as stone or wood or metal. Modern sculptures incorporate any and all substances from bones to space-age polymers.
I've always made art with whatever material was available. If there was paint, I painted. If there was a pencil, I drew. On the beach, I made sand sculptures. One day I found a spool of wire in my tool drawer, the kind that's used to hang picture frames.
I made two small climbing figures. I called them "wire hangers" and gave them to my cousin for her birthday. Everyone really seemed to like them and I enjoyed making them so whenever a celebration required a gift, I got out my pliers. I use only a pair of wire cutting pliers and my bare hands to form the pieces, occasionally working from sketches but usually just free sculpting a gesture before building out the muscle masses. Also, like a glass half-full or half-empty, I find a subtle test of the optimism of the viewer in the ascending or descending interpretation.
What I like about wire as a medium is that it's an industrial material whose basic qualities remain the same, the same metal, the same thickness, even after its been sculpted. Cast iron is no longer iron ore.
A carved tree is still wood but no longer a tree. A marble statue is not a rock but every part of a wire sculpture is still wire. Little Wire People Climbing Everywhere. Inspired by both High Renaissance Figurative Art and comic books, artist Chris Mason really has an eye for playful sculptures.The California-based artist uses only a wire cutter and his bare hands to form these intricate climbing figures. The series, called Social Climbing, looks like an army of little wire figures invading the gallery! Mason says, The action of climbing provides an opportunity to look at the figure suspended in space, to be able to see from angles less seen in most traditional sculpture. Personally, I feel a strong sense of teamwork as the little sculptures lift each other up, catch each other as they fall, and carry each other on their backs. What do you see when you look at Mason's work?
Originally from New York, but now living in California, artist Chris Mason. Started as a muralist before he began working extensively with wire.As a sculptor, Mason attributes the two biggest influences on his work to High Renaissance Figurative Art and comic books. The latter might explain the Spiderman quality to his climbing wire sculptures. Mason has humorously titled his wired sculpture series as. I think walking into a gallery filled with these little guys would be a fun experience. Chris Mason's Social Climbing Series is Inspired by Renaissance Art and Comics.
The Social Climbing sculpture series is made up of little wire people in typical climbing positions. Although the title of the art installation suggests a more figurative theme (one pertaining to a class distinction), the Social Climbing series is more fixated on its literal translation.
The mini sculptures work together to climb up the walls of the gallery they are placed in. Created by Chris Mason, an artist born in New York and based in California, the Social Climbing sculpture series is inspired by High Renaissance Figurative Art and comic books. Intricate and adorable, Mason observes, Like a glass half-full or half-empty, I find a subtle test of the optimism of the viewer in the ascending or descending interpretation. This item is in the category "Art\Art Sculptures". The seller is "willsusa_utzeqm" and is located in this country: US.
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