Futuristic Stainless Steel & Aluminum Sculpture
- Racing Car -
The sculpture is signed and dated on the front right wheel: "FIORDA" & "8" (for 1998).
Length: 22 inches Width: 9 inches Height: 7 inches
A rare contemporary stainless steel & aluminum sculpture of a futuristic racing car by a known American artist, Daniel Fiorda; namely, from his series " Heavy Toys", where speed is reflected in the form of children’s toys that have been adapted to the adult psyche. This sculpture with the monochromatic metallic color stresses the power an intensity of the metal and supports the notion of movement. Horizontally or vertically signify the illusion of speed while simultaneously being aesthetically appealing, producing the image of sporty racing car. The materials used, primarily steel and aluminum, with some bronze and copper, are precise and crisp; giving an aura of the clean cut and hard edged. The luster and shine of the metal combined with its firmness and solid stability factors enhance the notion of cocksure forwardness. The easily recognizable pistons in the “Heavy Toys series”, are, in fact, taken from high speed racing boats. Heavy toys allow us to look at the work and reflect on today's speed. The swiftness, whether physical, mental or emotional, often causes a sense of confusion and perplexity that becomes difficult to untangle.
~ Bust of a Dancer ~
Height: 19 inches Width: 23 1/2 inches Depth: 16 1/2 inches
"The Grace of Ballerinas" is a collection of sculptures in different media, reflecting the artist's perspective of beauty. One of the most original contemporary Chinese artist, Yin Zhixin combines his oversized figures with ballet dancing to draw attention to the grace and mental discipline required to excel. This particular sculpture is made out of resin, and measures:
Yin Zhixin sculptures are voluminous, rounded and whimsical. Even the heads of the figures and hair (if any) of Yin Zhixin sculptures do not have any roughness whatsoever. The smoothness of the skin and human parts contrasts with the rugged, rippled texture of the female ballerinas’ dresses, emphasizing the delicateness of the human body. But Yin Zhixin works, despite the fact that the figures do not conform with modern “standards” of beauty, are appealing, and many people feel a sense of joy when they view the sculptures. The influences on Yin Zhixin are clear: classical French artist Degas painted and sculpted ballerinas; Colombian artist Botero painted and sculpted oversized figures; and yet Yin Zhixin figures are still Chinese. Perhaps it is the slits for the eyes, which Yin Zhixin uses, or the small Chinese noses. It seems that Yin Zhixin is poking fun at such classical and famous Western artists in his works, by pointing out that even oversized girls can be beautiful ballerinas."
2007 Yin Zhixin – Solo Exhibition, Art Scene Beijing, Beijing / Art Cologne, Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany
2006 Yin Zhixin – Solo Exhibition, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai / Don’t Know, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing
2005 Yin Zhixin - Solo Exhibition, Shenyang, China / Impression - Georgia, Yin Zhixin Solo Exhibition, Georgia / Sculpture Biennial, Shanghai, China
2004 Sculpture Communication Exhibition, China, Korea and Thailand / Shanghai Environmental Art Exhibition, China / Tenth National Art Exhibition, Changchun, China
2003 North China Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Changchun, China / Second Olympic Sports & Arts Competition, Beijing, China / Int. Urban Sculpture Exhibition, Fuzhou, China
2002 Western Winds Sculptures Exhibition, Beijing
2001 Excellent Students’ Art Works Exhibition, China Museum of Art, Beijing
2000 Record of the Unreal World, Second Contemporary Young Sculptors’ Exhibition, Hangzhou, Shenzhen & Qingdao
AMERICAN FOLK ART
Sculptural Wall Plaque
Wood, brass, copper, acrylic paint
Height: 9 1/2 inches Width: 6 inches
About the Artist
Although Charles P. Lamb (1925 – 2013) enjoyed a successful career as a furniture designer, he created a personal oeuvre of metal sculptures, paintings, jewelry and wood carvings while working in a barn in Livingston Manor, New York. The impressive works of art were unknown to anyone except Lamb’s immediate family until an estate property auction was held to benefit Doctors Without Borders, which became a day of an important discovery for knowledgeable dealers and collectors. The artist was born in Iowa, served in World War II and was educated at Stanford University. While there he studied engineering and gained a degree in English and Theater Arts. Mr. Lamb went on to become an actor and then manager of the Dobbs Ferry Players. When the theater group folded, Mr. Lamb turned to making custom designed furniture. His clients included jazz great Stan Getz and many other important musicians, entertainers and socialites. As a sculptor and fine artist, Charles Lamb was untrained. Yet at some point he acquired a barn in Livingston Manor, NY and turned it into a metal-working studio, where he systematically improved on the rudiments of welding, metal casting [including lost wax bronze], and other technical/creative skill sets he had acquired as a young adult. Working in solitude, he passionately produced the works of art that are becoming famous now... In the 1970s, Mr. Lamb - an outsider artist retired from the making of custom furniture. He turned full-time to the pursuit of his personal art endeavors, referring to his need to create as “My Curse.” For decades, Charles Lamb surrounded himself with the beauty he created. He worked in welded steel, bronze, and carved wood. He produced monumental figurative works, the sources of his inspiration are wildly divergent and based on his studies into multiple civilizations, cultures, and mythologies across time and space. His works are informed by nature, antiquities and history. In some pieces there are literal references morphing into stylized motifs that can only have sprung from the imagination.