sculptures and statues
In this series of photographs of sculptures and statues I took during the years, you will find work of other artists during the centuries, from old Egyptian till modern times.
From Tutankhamun [1300 BC], to Zeus [or is it Poseidon; no-one knows for sure], Jesus’ suffering in pilgrimage city Santiago de Compostela, Spain and crazy contemporary work like the ones of the artist Daniel Mellors.
Two steel faces of shop window dolls, which show, from my perspective cold steel futuristic humanoids, dressed in tight business suits. An African mask from the collection of the Tropical Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Balinese art shows a strong and fearful warrior God, but also shows the most feminine and elegant sculptures, to highlight the fine handicrafts from that part in the world.
Sculptures vary from an elegant feminine face up to the distorted sculpture of a clam digger, made by the Dutch abstract expressionist artist Willem de Kooning [1904 – 1997].
Daniel Dellors’ “Giant Bum” shows us the face of a machine made man, a bleak futuristic sculpture of a world devoid of any humanism, the image of the world as a machine, the radars of the wheel of time implemented in our brains, eyes spread wide open in surprised fear that speak: Why did we travel these ways though time? Why do we think the world is a machine and why do we mirror ourselves in it and want to become like that? Why are we merging into an electronic device? Is this a world electric? Daniel is not my friend electric and not my middle name. Show me something really human, Daniel. Something that’s making me feel warm inside, instead of cold as steel. I really do not want a trip inside of your head, Daniel. Humanity does want that either and you as a co-creator, can you please think of something else?
How different society was in the days of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutanhkamun. In those years and in that specific culture this specific Pharaoh was the ruler of his country. He was a young man, seen as a God, a descendant of the Golden Sun that brightens up our world. He, the representative of divine powers, embalmed in his grave, was covered in gold. For thousands of years he was lying there in his tomb, hidden in the Valley of Kings near Thebes [Luxor], to be discovered by the Englishman Howard Carter in 1922. This most outer body cover is now exhibited in the National Museum in Cairo. So pretty and not fearful at all to look upon. The marvel of it is not to be put into words.
Sculptures and statues presented here are all about the human condition through the ages. That’s why I photograph them just as I love to portrait men and women. When I see an interesting statue outside on the streets or in a museum I just have to portrait it, taking time, looking for an angle or detail that’s up to my kind of style.
Like the Golden One I took in the year 2000 in Bangkok at the Royal Grand Palace. It’s name: Kinaree [Wat Phra Kaew]. Such a gentle human face, full of understanding, warmth, this mixed being between swan and woman. It’s posture and it’s hands. Dignity passes by…
Of course this overview cannot be without one where Jesus is suffering in the arms of his mother Maria. What a kind of tragedy that was [if it ever really happened] in human history! And how pathetic either; his ambitious crumbling into pain. If I take all the past -, current – and future pain of the world on my shoulders and if you believe in me thou shall never suffer again, that was one of his dogma’s. And pretty pretentious and unrealistic as well, if you ask me.
Another hefty one is Fernando Botero’s “Rape of Europe”, which stands inside an Athenian office of the Bank of Pireaus, which also depicts the current state of society. Black as a starless night, the hardest stone; just as tough as the money world.
Please make beautiful work, with a beautiful uplifting message. That’s my credo!
Like the Jockey of Artemision [150-146 B.C.] at the Archeological Museum of Greece, also in Athens. Well, that’s a piece of pure beauty! It’s still ultra modern, if you ask me, this racing horse and this small kid on it’s back in fiery attack. That was a period in human cultural expression when they knew how to sculpt. Does not come much better than that.
And the one I took near the city of Lviv In Ukraine, The Riders From the Storm, whats kind of horse riding is that!
What about these young girls immortalized in doors of graves at the Central Cemetery in Athens, Greece? Breaks my heart to see these girls torn away from life at such a young age.
Anyway, tell me what you find of these works. Wish it inspires you to become a sculpturist. Maybe one day I’ll give it a try too, but as a kid I was pretty bad at that.
And, not at least, the statue of the Dutch writer Multatuli [1820-1887] and the one of philosopher Spinoza [1631-1677]. These are chosen because they are the two most brilliant writers the Netherlands have ever known. Their works and ways of thinking are teaching me how to be as an artist. Would love to have a trip inside their heads. These statues are impressively good. Spinoza as well as Multatuli were forced to leave narrow-minded Amsterdam because of their ways of thinking, their criticism of the so called capital of freedom.
What a joke that was.