Perth-based artist Paul Kaptein works with large blocks of laminated wood to reveal warped and distorted sculptures of human figures.
Some pierced with a smattering of holes linked with drawn lines like star constellations. The hand-carved busts and figurative sculptures are additionally punctuated by gaps formed from the laminating process, creating the impression of digital glitches or images skewed by poor reception. Kaptein says he’s interested in examining the undefined area between expansion and contraction, or interconnection and incompleteness. Even as the viewer walks around each piece, it continues to surprise as the warped nature of each artwork continues to push and sink in seemingly every direction.
He is an Australia-based artist that unites materiality with virtual reality in his series of sculptural wooden works. The warped and distorted proportions of a seated monk for ‘and in the endless sounds there came a pause’ are perceived as a mind-bending illusion, as the figure’s body unusually undulates and swerves as if interrupted by software.
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‘Every breath, a dying star’ and ‘limber’ introduce rectangular and circular apertures into the composition, allowing the viewer to peek through gaps in the otherwise solid wooden volume. Eeach sculpture expresses a distinct mix between data streams and information networks typically seen on screen, and the intricate craftsmanship and tangibility inherent in the handmade works.
We’re still drawn to his intriguing sculptures that are inspired by real life as well as fantasy which makes them appear realistic yet surreal.
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