Mark Calderon | Sculpture

Show of Hands
November 3 - December 23, 2016
Reception: First Thursday, December 1, 6-8

The Seattle Times, November 22 review:
At Greg Kucera, catch 2 Seattle artists at the top of their game
Reviews of two masterful exhibitions at Greg Kucera Gallery: Mark Calderon's "Show of Hands" and Jeffrey Simmons' "Open Work: Recent Watercolors."
by Michael Upchurch


Seattle Met, November 29
A Fiendish Conversation with Mark Calderon
The Seattle artist creates hands of stone and fighters of felt for his new Greg Kucera Gallery exhibit, 'Show of Hands.'
by Seth Sommerfield



Show of Hands
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.
—Mark Calderon


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


UNTITLED, 2016
Gilded bronze and polycarbonate
62 x 23.5 x 1.25 inches
Edition of 3
$9,000



FIGHTER (Blue), 2016
Dyed industrial felt
50 x 23 x .5 inches
Edition of 3
$5,800


FIGHTER (Orange), 2016
Dyed industrial felt
62 x 22 x .5 inches
Edition of 3
$5,800



UNTITLED, 2016
Cast lead
5 x 4.25 x 2.25 inches
Edition of 5
$3,500

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.
—Mark Calderon


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 (mica arms), 2016
Mica and waxed thread
29 x 4 x 5 inches each
Unique work
$8,500



UNTITLED, 2016
Mica, waxed thread
3.25 x 10.5 x 9 inches
Unique work
SOLD

  
APOLOGY, 2016 - depicted here from two different views
Cast bronze
2.15 x 6.75 x 3.75 inches
Edition of 10
$4,000


SCOUT, 2015
Cast bronze
3.25 x 3 x 1 inches
Edition of 25
$1,250


GAMBLE, 2016
Cast bronze
37 x 11 x 11 inches
Edition of 3
$7,500