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

Curvilinear Marble Sculpture is a term that I coined to describe my signature

Direct Method ‘Split and Carve’ school of sculpture

Light, portable and carved for full immersion in the real world,

my sculpture may be be moved with the minimum of effort, and placed with ease in any location you please

By carefully splitting, rather than carving into the marble, I initiate a process that I developed in order to remove 80 to 90 percent of the bulk of the material from the original block of Colorado Yule Marble. This in turn facilitates the carving of sculpture the scale and dimension that, via traditional carving methods, would otherwise weigh-in at several hundred pounds, and thus be all but impossible to move easily around.

The next time you see a marble sculpture of any dimension over a few inches ask yourself this: how much does it way? Could I pick it up?

HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPION

Marble weighs-in at around 170 lbs per cubic foot.

Yep, that is EVERY 12 by 12 by 12 inch cube. (Do the math) 

HEAVIER THAN: CONCRETE 133 lbs, SANDSTONE 145 LBS,  LIMESTONE 168 LBS, BRICK 120 LBS, FELDSPAR 159 LBS, ALABASTER 144 LBS, CLAY 137 LBS, GLASS 164 LBS, GRAVEL 150 LBS, GYPSUM 140 LBS, ICE 51 LBS, MAHOGANY 35/3 LBS, OAK 50/59 LBS, SAND 100 LBS.

For such is my motto: if I cannot pick up and carry my latest creation to its first plinth, well, I’m not done carving yet. Which is, after all a quite magnificent thing to be able to say; as not too many people have ever picked up a marble sculpture before – not of these dimensions, that’s for sure.

But now, that is exactly what you can do – pick up my light, portable marble sculpture, and place it wherever you wish, just as you would with any other of your valued possessions.

In fact my Collection Series Marble Sculpture comes in all forms, sizes and weights. And indeed perhaps the most visible and popular manifestation of my Revolutionary Reductionism are the plethora of Hand Carved Marble Bowls – each one deeply imbued with Curvilinearism, and each one carved with the same dedication and attention as any of the larger and more imposing sculptures.

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 Collection Series Marble Sculpture, at long last, after several thousands of years unavoidably encumbered with layers and layers and layers of sheer dead weight: marble sculpture is now, and for the first time, Light, Portable, on the loose, and quite possibly headed your way !

There may well be other sculptors carving stone in a similar fashion to my own style of pragmatic reductionism, but if they are I have yet to see, hear or read about their work.  It is my stated aim to one day (soon) develop a School of Curvilinear Principle, but in the meantime (to my knowledge and at this point, June 18, 2019), the entire Curvilinear Marble Reductionist movement consists  of me, myself, and I: Martin Cooney.

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About My Curvilinear Reductionist Sculpture

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