Monday, May 13, 2013

"Musical Instruments" - Free Standing Bronze Sculptures by Armand Pierre Fernandez

Faced with this one sculpture collection, it seems I'm looking at paintings in the style of cubism which is quite brilliant, but in fact what I see is a series of sculptural works of a French-born American artist Armand Pierre Fernandez (1928-2005). In the series "Musical Instruments", he presented a wide variety of musical instrument sculptures shaped, mostly guitar, with the material used is bronze. In my view, he seemed to realize his imagination about the components that make up an object, in this case music instruments, which basically had been created with the physical form which is beautiful and artistic. Certainly not easy to sort out the beauty of the shape of the instrument to be restated as a distinct form which still has a beautiful appearance, but Armand did it. It's like looking at a split 3D puzzle with clear lines, moving in all directions, but still beautiful to behold.
I've visited his website, and found a lot of his amazing work, not all are in the style of "cubism" as I look at the three works below. Some of my other favorites from this series are Stelle Violin, Mother and Child, plus his Accord Final from the series of Arman's Orchestra.

ARMAN BIOGRAPHY (1928 – 2005)
“I specialize very much in… everything,” the French-born American artist Arman told an interviewer in 1968. “I have never been — how do you say it? A dilettante.” Regarded as one of the most prolific and inventive creators of the late 20th century, Arman’s vast artistic output ranges from drawings and prints to monumental public sculpture to his famous “accumulations” of found objects. His work—strongly influenced by Dada, and in turn a strong influence on Pop Art—is in the collections of such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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