Spectacular Incomplete Horseman Sculptures

We're familiar with Grecian sculptures highly revering the human form, so how does one echo the elegance of such art without mundanely copying it? The artistic trio known as Unmask Group has managed to not only sculpturally honor the human form, but to add a new twist to its visual appeal by subtracting redundant parts from the sculptures. Their series entitled Flash Memory also features the figures of horses that employ the same deleting technique.

The Beijing-based group, a creative formation of Liu Zhan, Kuang Jun and Tan Tianwei, masterfully constructs their hollowed, incomplete sculptures out of stainless steel and marble. The almost-abstract figures leave just enough of the sculpture intact to make the solid figure clear. It's the exclusion of certain parts that add a hint of intrigue. There is also an odd oneness to each sculpture that allows the human figures to melt into and meld with the horse's form. It's hard to tell where one entity ends and the other begins.

Flash Memory is currently being exhibited at H.T. Gallery in Beijing until December 31, 2011.

H.T. Gallery's website

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Tags: Flash Memory, Kuang Jun, Liu Zhan, Tan Tianwei, Unmask Group, art, design, sculpture

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Comment by Sophia Lambadaridis on December 4, 2011 at 5:46pm

I love the use of negative space and metal crafting its so very beautiful and expressive. I'd love to own the white bust and the man with the horse. Absolutely stunning.

Comment by Monica on December 2, 2011 at 6:05pm

Really, really nice sculptures. It is great to still find things that surprise you.

Comment by JIM PARSONS on December 2, 2011 at 10:56am

These partially-constructed sculptures are extraordinary.  They fit several essential parts of my personal aesthetic:  (1)  Require my participation to take what is there -- both the positive and negative spaces -- and leave me to decide how I will make sense out of the work; (2) Allow me to further deconstruct or reconstruct; (3)  Allow me to combine one work with another in the same series in my mind; (4) While allowing me to infer the artist's intention, it does not force me to (obviously I'm more "readerly" than "writerly") and (5) the artist's process, materials, and technique -- as well as the craftsmanship -- are readily apparent.   These are truly amazing!  I must see them in person!  Soon

Comment by Stephen M. Barrett on December 1, 2011 at 1:46am
These are beautiful and remarkable and I'm not just saying this because I'm in the hospital and just had morphine, wow

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