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T-shirt - Altissimo Collection Sculpture

Kent Laforme


Sculpture, Stone on Marble

Size: 14 W x 17 H x 3.5 D in

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The marble t-shirt is from my sculpture exhibition Altissimo which is inspired by Mount Altissimo in Pietrasanta, Italy. Pietrasanta has been home to quarries that have been excavating marble since the height of Roman Civilization. All the Statuario Marble used in the exhibition was quarried from Altissimo, which is also referred to as “Michelangelo’s Mountain”. The exhibition consists of a small collection of marble sculptures that depict interpretations of different fabrics in stone. T-shirts, handkerchiefs, pillowcases and socks are carefully arranged, then carved in order to re-present a landscape as well as a human history. The sculptures merge a contemporary aesthetic and object making sensibility with a direct carving technique. The work reveals contrasting characteristics inherent in the stone, such as hardness versus softness, weightlessness versus gravity and temporality versus permanence. Through the interpretation and transformation of fabrics in stone, mountains are discovered in handkerchiefs and undulating landscapes emerge from t-shirts, making the tangible ephemeral. The idea of a mountain form as subject matter preserves the connection between the sculptures and the origins of the material. Several of the sculptures in the exhibition, such as the t-shirts and socks have their roots in Pop Art. These mundane objects are carved with a sense of irony and inspiration that also comments on Italian drapery work evident in Neo-classical and Renaissance masterworks, such as Michelangelo’s Pieta and the Bernini’s Ecstasy of St. Theresa. The body of work created for the exhibition serves in part as a modest yet contemporary continuum of one of art’s oldest mediums – stone carving. The sculptures are an homage to the legacy and traditions of Italian marble carving and to the quarrymen of Altissimo.

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Sculpture:Stone on Marble

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:14 W x 17 H x 3.5 D in

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Kent Laforme a Japanese Canadian artist known for his contemplative marble sculptures. “Marble is my chosen medium for exploring the newness of something that has existed in one form or another since the beginning of time. The nature of this material resonates with the void, and offers a glimpse into the creation of something true. The origins of the material are the essence of my work and at the heart of my process. Somewhere, within the limits and possibilities of a stone, dwells a language beyond time and space. This is where I search for the shape of my ideas. “ Laforme studied under renowned Canadian artist John Greer at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and worked as his assistant in Pietrasanta, Italy. His work is influenced by Constantin Brancusi and Isamu Noguchi. Being half-Japanese, Laforme has a natural affinity for Noguchi’s East-West perspectives and how that sensibility manifests in art. For the past twenty years, Laforme has maintained a studio practice on the edge of the forest near PKOLS on Vancouver Island. It is with gratitude, that he respectfully acknowledges the language of the land and the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory my family lives, learns and works and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

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