Timothy Horn, Gorgonia 14, USA, 2017
For the past decade, Horn has been inspired by two primary sources: 17th-century jewelry patterns by Gilles Legaré, court jeweler to Louis XIV, and 19th-century studies of organisms such as lichen, coral, and seaweed, found in zoologist Ernst Haeckel’s book Art Forms in Nature. Gorgonia (Latin for a genus of soft coral), is inspired by the natural beauty of a sea fan. Horn has fashioned a series of monumental sculptures out of nickel-plated bronze from which he hangs teardrop-shaped globes of mirrored blown glass. “These pieces are hybrids: at once jewel-like but also crusty,” he explains. “It’s all about taking things out of context and putting them into my own context.”
“Sparkling like gem-laden stomachers fashioned for a fairy-tale giant or standing their ground like delicate escapees from a fever dream, Timothy Horn’s bizarrely beautiful sculptures are baroque fantasias that the Australian-born, US-based artist has described as “taking objects from an historical realm and re-contextualizing them, using the language of the decorative arts,” states decorative arts authority, Mitchell Owens.
Materials: Nickel-plated bronze, mirrored blown glass
Dimensions: 56h x 40w x 5d inches
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