I love the wood work from the Austrian artist Mario Dilitz. His Modern Wood Sculpture on Human forms in wood is just something amazing. The visual power of the sculptures can be felt in the photos that really need a 1 second to understand that they are statues and not real persons. Most of these sculptures are not human sized like you can see in the image below the artist explores an large-scale, like living gigants.
The ability to give expression to the human form, to transmit and translate its language is an ability, which the sculptor Mario Dilitz definitely has. He combines traditional sculptural knowledge and technical skills with contemporary issues and thereby manages to create sculptures of great intensity and appeal.
All the sculptures are made from a single block made of high quality laminated wood held together by joints of visible red glue, giving all the statues a signature portraying an contemporary issue in every single one of them.
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There is a contrast between the aesthetic beauty of his sculptures and the content of the issues, where a profound confrontation with the vagaries of human existence takes place.
On the one hand Mario Dilitz manifests the contradictions occuring in human nature, on the other hand he knows to unite them in his work.
Even his choice of material reveals these contradictions. His sculptures, most of them lifesized, are created out of high quality laminated wood. After a process of destruction and then construction the wood has reached a new form of stability, which wouldnʼt have been possible in its natural condition. This process is made visible by the joints of glue in the laminated wood. Mario Dilitz chooses red glue thereby signing his creations unmistakably.
The process is very important to the production of his series — the destruction of the material, and then its reconstruction into a free-standing piece, allows the medium to reach a new potential, which would have been impossible in its natural condition.
See more wooden sculptures HERE!