THE EFFECT OF WHAT I HAVE SEEN by Daniel Lombardo
My art is first informed by the humanfigure, its essential vertical presentation with a focus on unique but relatedfrontal and rear views, and the gestalt of interconnected shapes that are bothlinear and volumetric. It is secondarily informed by totem poles of the NativeAmericans of the Pacific Northwest and other tribal cultures from around theworld, with their stacked and interconnected elements that may represent keyfigures or concepts in their myths and legends, combined to “tell a tale” orremind of basic cultural tenets. Though my sculptures do not represent anyspecific events, I imagine my pieces as abstract tales both of personal eventsor generally themes of human experience.
The pieces develop from gesturalsketches based on this visual language of interconnected forms merging anddiverging usually along a vertical axis. Most recently I have worked in forgedsteel which has fostered new gestural elements that this material inspires.
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