Menu
The New Contemporary Art Magazine

Sebastian Martorana’s Sculptures Forged in Reclaimed Marble

Sebastian Martorana uses salvaged marble to craft seemingly soft objects and characters. Works like "Homeland Security Blanket" and "Permanent Separation Anxiety" (above) show how the artist is able to use the dissonance between the object and the material to comment on contemporary issues. Whether it’s towels, teddy bears, or costumed characters, the artist’s mastery of the material creates a deceptive output of creations.

Sebastian Martorana uses salvaged marble to craft seemingly soft objects and characters. Works like “Homeland Security Blanket” and “Permanent Separation Anxiety” (above) show how the artist is able to use the dissonance between the object and the material to comment on contemporary issues. Whether it’s towels, teddy bears, or costumed characters, the artist’s mastery of the material creates a deceptive output of creations.

A statement offers a peek into his robust practice: “His current studio is part of the stone shop at Hilgartner Natural Stone Company in downtown Baltimore where he undertakes and directs commissioned stone carving, restoration and design, as well as his own sculptural works,” a bio says. “Many of his works involve incorporating salvaged marble architectural elements from the city and their re-incorporation into individual and site-specific sculptures.”

See more of the artist’s below.

Meta
Share
Facebook
Reddit
Pinterest
Email
Related Articles
Gunjan Aylawadi's intricate paper-weaving technique produces vibrant, surprising creations. In each work made by the artist, born in India and now based in Australia, seems to defy its materials and exists “between craft traditions, sensory pleasures she experienced growing up and the new culture she finds herself in now.” In a recent show, she continues her evolution into work that extends beyond two dimensions.
Boston based artist Janet Echelmen (previously featured here) has created one of her most dramatic works yet, but you won't find it in any gallery. Her latest aerial sculpture hangs half an acre above Boston's Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald Greenway. Titled "As If It Were Already Here", the piece weighs a whopping 2,000 lbs, made of 542,000 knots which Echelmen wove together into a colorful, graceful mesh. Take a look at more photos after the jump!
Amin Sadeghy, an artist and architect living in London, crafts personal work that implements architectural figures at varying scales and elaborate sets and configurations. The works seem to use the human bodies as both faceless design elements and reflections on the power of crowds. At close range and from afar, these intricate structures create different conversations.
Maximo Reira has a background in painting, photography, and sculpture, the latter of which he applies to his innovative, functional furniture designs. For his new "Animal Chairs" series, he sculpted large, realistic animals such as octopi, rhinos, and whales, using part of their bodies to create a throne-like seat. Mostly monochromatic with a natural color palette, the chairs have an elegant and otherworldly quality to them.

Subscribe to the Hi-Fructose Mailing List