Girl Bathing in Watermelon
Sculptures by Matt Johnson.
Top: Bather (2010), hydrocal, acrylic paint.
Matt Johnson’s sculptures delightfully explore the paradox of visual forms through unorthodox and surprising materials. The Pianist (After Robert J. Lang) pays tribute to the American physicist and master origami artist who has astounded with his mathematically complex objects crafted from creased paper. Rendered life-sized, Johnson’s giant origami masterpiece is made from one 50 foot piece of tarp folded into the shape of a concern piano and player, humorously honouring genius with floppy monumentality. Johnson’s choice of blue wrapping is a clever reference to Yves Klein – whose signature International Klein Blue (also a scientific marvel) is synonymous with sublimation and glamour – theatrically elevating his wonky musician to iconic design status.
The Pianist (2005), blue tarp, paper, stainless steel.
Malus Sieversii (2008), carved maple and acrylic paint.
Coral Brain (2009), cast bronze and coral.
Left: Puzzleman (2008), bass wood, carnauba wax. Right: Breadface (2004), cast plastic and oil paint.
Reclining Nude (2008).
Photos © Matt Johnson Link via Beautiful Decay