About My Curvilinear Reductionist Sculpture

Curvilinear: adjective 1) consisting of or bounded by curved lines: a curvilinear figure

2) forming or moving in a curved line      3) formed or characterized by curved lines

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Curvilinear Marble Reductionist is a term that I coined to describe my signature Direct Method ‘Split and Carve’ school of sculpture.  This radical new approach to carving stone allows me to present marble sculpture in a whole new 21st Century light.  In order to create this complex work I follow a precise method of carving based upon my experience as a trained, qualified and experienced Banker Mason, or professional stone carver.

Light and airy, to the point of virtual transparency at times, this new found portability imbues flexible options for what would otherwise be extremely heavy, solid stone, allowing for my sculpture to be moved with the minimum of effort, and placed with ease in any location you please.

Typically I tend to remove 80 to 90 percent of the bulk of the material from the original block, allowing for a marble sculpture that would otherwise weigh in at several hundred pounds, to weigh but 20 or 30 lbs or so, while maintaining the outer dimensions of a much heavier carving.  In fact, my Curvilinear carvings are very often carved so thinly that light permeates the walls, thus illuminating the sculpture from within, revealing this very ancient marble to be enjoyed as never before, and in a manner radically new to the ancient art of marble sculpting.

Portability and stone sculpture may not have conspired previously to make the acquisition of unique marble artwork an option for art lovers everywhere, but thanks to my signature Marble Collection Sculpture Series, at long last, after several thousands of years lumbered with layers and layers and layers of sheer dead weight, marble sculpture is now lean and mean, on the loose, and headed your way!

There may well be other sculptors carving stone in a similar fashion to my own style of curvilinear reductionism, but if they are I have yet to see, hear or read about their work.  It is my stated aim to develop a school of Curvilinear principle, but in the meantime, the entire Curvilinear Marble Reductionist movement consists (to my knowledge) of me, myself, and I.

Martin Cooney


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About My Curvilinear Reductionist Sculpture


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