Nails are commonly used as a tool to lock a material such as wood in a building. In shape, the nail is interesting for me to be explored as an artistic medium. But I always think to use it in small amounts, because of its solidity and may be difficult to be processed. But this one British Sculptor, Marcus Levine uses nails as the media, hundreds or even thousands of nails rather, to create works of applied art, in the form of figurative sculpture that enact a physical Pointillism. Each composed of thousands of nails hammered into wood panels. All works are completed freehand without any sketches or tracing onto the boards.
It's certainly not an easy process to create figurative work without sketches or tracing, especially if you see the size of the works made mostly on a large scale. I do not doubt the value and beauty of this work, but at a glance if you look at the work from a distance, I think this work may be seen less bold, perhaps because of the size of the nails used are not too large, Applying this work really should be adjusted to the surrounding area, layout, lighting, color dominance around, and so forth, so this work would appear to be 'outstanding'.
Interview and video coverage by BBC's look north program includes footage of Levine at work in his studio
Levine tours his exhibition at London's 'Air Gallery', depicting additional nail works