By: Christina Tian Qiu, Seraphin Gallery Resident
Gary Weisman’s latest installation will be constructed in Dubai. Like his other public works, this private commission features a form inspired by historic bronze sculptures reminiscent of the works of Auguste Rodin and various Greek and Italian Renaissance styles. This new work challenges the preconceived usages of contrapposto by dramatically instituting the relationship between the human figure and its balance of weight and gesture
Weisman produces all of his sculptures by hand. From the mixing of clay and modeling to lost-wax casting in his foundry, and finally to sanding and polishing the finished product, Weisman completes every step of the sculpting personally. This highly skilled artist combines elements of the historical with contemporary content, preserving both the traditional processes in bronze casting while exploring universal themes of the thematic nude form as it applies to the present-day.
Drawing from these established sources, Weisman transforms the human body into a dynamic instrument of flexibility. The Dubai commission is a nine-foot-high female nude cast in bronze with a black patina. Her arms are upholding a rectangular pillar as she balances on one leg with her head bent downwards. The muscles of her shoulders and torso exhibit palpable tension that culminates on the weight balanced on her straightened leg, which is attached to the base. This work reveals the physical weight that the human body can withhold, suggesting the resilience and delicacy of limbs arrested in motion. Weisman’s interest in creating tension, movement, and balance within the human body parallels the psychological explorations of one’s mental condition.
His figures suspend in almost-impossible poses. Balanced on the extremities of arms or legs, the body is contorted in dynamic repose. These compelling gestures transform the hard bronze into fluid sinew and a seemingly liquid suppleness. Seraphin Gallery currently has the fourth edition of Weisman’s Tabla Rasa on display in the second gallery space. This work, like the installation in Dubai, is a bronze piece featuring a female nude. Smaller in scale, Tabla Rasa shows a woman reclining to her left side with both her arms tucked behind her back. Her head is lifted upwards and her body seems to float towards the heavens with only her feet anchored to the base, mooring her to the ground.
These works demonstrate Weisman’s acute sensibility in using human anatomy to create dynamism within negative and positive spaces. His manipulation of balance and tension within the figures exhibits an exploration of the limitations of the physical body within a temporal space. His figures attempt to defy gravity, and these bronze casts explore the spaces created between heaviness and lightness, hardness and softness. In the presence of his work, the viewer is drawn to the compelling form of the human body, but also becomes more aware of the spaces that it inhabits. Whether it be mental or physical flexibility, Weisman’s works encourage the viewer to yearn for the beyond, fueling our sense of wonderment and courageousness.
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