Formally trained in religious sculpture, Italian artist Gehard Demetz has progressed to become one of the most talented artists of our century. He wields his art technique and experience to create works, many with children as subject, that explore the dichotomies and marriages of contradiction… between that which is evocative and whimsical – provocative and contemporary. His sculptures often carry an energy verging on the socio-political.
He relies on mediums like wood and bronze and certainly knows how to make dry wood come alive.
These are my favorite works of Demetz throughout his career as a sculptor:
Personally, I would say his best works were made in 2013.
Last week, I had the chance to go to the opening reception for a show representing a favorite contemporary artist of mine, Chad Wys.
Chad Wys is a young artist and graduate of Illinois State University, whose passion for art and art history is affirmed by his burgeoning client list, which ranges from Vice Magazine to Harvard Business Review and Penguin Press.
Wys deals with mixed media, dabbling with ready made art and re-appropriating thrift finds and historical artworks, and marries realism and impressionsim with abstraction in revealing his unique ethos.
He gives commentary where it’s due: Take this clever piece of his of a burka masked over a realist oil painting copy of a young lady:
Beautiful and poignant, isn’t it?
Je joins aux présentes, à titre de rappel, un aide-mémoire présentant les engagements de Wys:
If you have the chance, hit up his ongoing exhibition (showing until October 1, 2016) “Not the Sum of Its Parts, Just the Parts” at Joseph Gross Gallery in Chelsea.
Instagram is also a fantastic way to get caught up on the work of this young talent: https://www.instagram.com/chadwys/