Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Canberra Expats: Timothy Horn

I have just come across a fantastic article about sculptor and artist Timothy Horn. He initially studied at the Canberra School of Art before heading to the US where he now resides. His work is absolutely astounding, and he has built an amazing reputation in the art world in the US. I am completely enamoured with his play on scale...

"Sweet Thing" a 2008 work made of nickel-plated bronze and blown and mirrored glass. It measures 60 inches high by 44 inches wide by 9 inches deep and will be on display at the de Young Museum this summer.
“My precise interest is the intersection between beauty and grotesque, perfection versus vulgarity.”

"Medusa" chandelier, a 2006 chandelier made of silicone rubber, copper tubing, fiber optics, and lighting fixtures. It measures 72 inches tall by 102 inches in diameter. Photograph from Hosfelt Gallery.
In his latest exhibition in San Fransisco Timothy Horn: Bitter Suite, he plays with sugar, scale, and the legend of Alma Spreckels (the widow of the millionaire sugar baron, Adolph Spreckels, and founder of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor) in his reinterpretation of historical decorative arts from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

"I Want Candy," a 2001 Timothy Horn work made of nickel-plated bronze, cast lead crystal, and Easter-egg foil. It measures 35.5 inches high by 25.5 inches wide by 4 inches deep. Photograph from Hosfelt Gallery.;
"Silk Purse (Sow's Ear)" a 2005 work made of translucent polyurethane rubber. Measures 47 inches high by 34 inches wide by 6 inches deep. Photograph from Hosfelt Gallery.

Above, "The Motherload" decorative carriage is covered in sugar.
Horn uses the European decorative arts collections as the inspiration for three large-scale works in , on view at the de Young Museum. Horn relates, “The stories surrounding Alma were the sparks that ignited ideas for the work I’ve gone on to make.”

See the full article on The Aesthetes Lament blog and check out his website here. Fabulous work...wow.

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