Mark Calderon | Sculpture

Show of Hands
November 3 - December 23
Opening reception: Thursday, November 3, 6-8
Artist talk: Saturday, November 5 at noon



Show of Hands
I am aware that my hands are always in front of me, so maybe it was inevitable that they would become a subject for my work. The Manus series was created after I cut out a tracing of my hands and forearms, pinned them to my studio wall, and kept looking at them for months as I read and thought about hands as an emblem of human existence and activity. In the prehistoric North American "Hopewell" culture, there is a well-known and beautiful example of a hand, cut from mica. This was the inspiration to use mica for this series. Initially I envisioned them as apparitions from a post-human future--temporary, fading away, powerless, apologetic (Crossed, Protective, Resigned). As I moved through the series the hands became more active, political and about race. In Cry, in which the hands are positioned to amplify the voice, I used a dark amber mica. Reversal of Fortune is based on a painting by Caravaggio called The Fortune Teller in which a wealthy and naive young man is having his palm read by a seemingly innocent girl. While he flirtatiously gazes into her eyes she slips the ring off his finger. In my version it is the lighter-toned hand that plays the deceitful role.

The Fighters focus on the body—its heroic power, agility, expressiveness, and its vulnerability, pain, and ultimate demise. Both images are based on iconic photographs of Muhammad Ali. In exploring the issues of human victory and defeat, I was drawn to work with industrial felt, a soft, warm, and yielding material not typically associated with masculine iconography


GREATEST, 2015
Cast bronze
9 x 15.75 inches
Edition of 5
$3,200


FIGHTER (Blue), 2016
Dyed industrial felt
50 x 23 x .5 inches
Edition of 3
$5,500


FIGHTER (Orange), 2016
Dyed industrial felt
62 x 22 x .5 inches
Edition of 3
$5,000



MANUS (Cry), 2016
Mica
12 x 30.5 inches
Edition of 3
$2,500


MANUS (Crossed), 2016
Mica
18 x 19 inches
Edition of 3
$2,500


MANUS (Reversal of Fortune), 2016
Mica
10 x 32.5 inches
Edition of 3
$4,000


MANUS (Protective), 2016
Mica
18.5 x 19.5 inches
Edition of 3
$2,500


MANUS (Resigned), 2016
Mica
18.5 x 19.5 inches
Edition of 3
$2,500


MANUS (Clasped), 2016
Mica
16 x 14 inches
Edition of 3
$2,500


UNTITLED (Tortoise), 2016
Mica, waved thread
3.25 x 10.5 x 9 inches
$6,000


SCOUT, 2015
Cast bronze
3.25 x 3 x 1 inches
Edition of 25
PRICE ON REQUEST

Nothing Is as Eloquent as Nothing
(2013)
The works in this show ranges from realistic and figurative to abstract, and they are executed in many different media. Three works are based on the human figure, two represent articles of clothing, one portrays Lake Washington, and some recede into the wall.

As I was working on this exhibition I realized that much of the work seems to be about hollowness. I have explored this idea in the past and am repeatedly drawn to it. Sometimes it is a physical hollowness, but I am also trying to expose a hollowness of spirit, a sense of emptiness or longing.

I regard myself as very lucky and quite happy overall. Yet at times of quiet reflection I can sometimes connect with a profound sadness. Its origin has always seemed mysterious and slightly out of reach of my understanding. I grew up in a family that was not emotive, so as an adult I appreciate the gift of being able to feel emotions deeply. I feel this way even about difficult emotions like sadness and loss.

Some of this work responds specifically to personal losses of the last few years. Other pieces were inspired by recent global events. As in much of my previous work, I have looked to art of the past as I have sought to create a personal expression of these feelings.


REFLECT, 2013,
Cast bronze,
2.5 x 65 x 20 inches
Edition of 5
$15,000


OROBOROS, 2012
Cast bronze
15.5 x 8 x 8 inches
Edition of 7
$9,500


FLARE 2, 2012
Cast bronze
9 x 6 x 4 inches
Edition of 5
$3,000


GREAVES, 2013
Cast lead
9 x 24 x 9.5 inches
Edition of 5
$8,000


LACUNA 1 (cloud), 2013
Cast acrylic modified cement
5.5 x 8.5 x 1.5 inches
Edition of 5
$3,000



LACUNA 2 (cavity), 2013
Cast acrylic modified cement
7.25 x 2.5 x 1.25 inches
Edition of 5
$2,000


LACUNA 3 (baby), 2013
Cast acrylic modified cement
16.25 x 5.25 x 2 inches
Edition of 5
$2,500


LACUNA 4 (leaf), 2013
Cast acrylic modified cement
7.25 x 3.25 x 1 inches
Edition of 5
$2,000


UNTITLED (hoodie), 2012
Black spine repair tape
30 x 20 x 12 inches
SOLD




MUDRA, 2013
Black spine repair tape
64 x 17 x 12 inches
$5,000


LENGUA, 2013
Color Photograph
40 x 30 inches
$750


CORONA, 2012-2013
Cast bronze
1 x 7 x 7 inches
Variable Suite of 8
$2,500