Todd Merrill Studio is pleased to present the work of designer Alex Roskin. Roskin’s works blend functional design with modernist sculptural references. A natural successor of innovative artists such as Richard Serra, Jean Arp, and Constantin Brancusi, Roskin’s cast bronze, stainless steel, and carved wood works reflects the artist’s modernist and primitive influences. Beginning with a series of quick sketches, Roskin captures the movement of a basic form. By sculpting in foam and wood, Roskin translates that movement into a structural model that is then 3D scanned so that it can then be cast in bronze, aluminum or steel, and finished with carved wood elements. His works often feature a mammalian physicality with heaving sinuous forms and legs that extend from the body in a bowed fashion.
Rejecting outright anthropomorphic mimicry in favor of subtle, sculpted muscular forms, Roskin notes: “I try with each piece to create a stance and a presence, some with more contrapposto. I aim to give each piece a feeling it is inhaling or ready to make a move. I try to steer clear of the decorative, but rather to draw on mass, volume, line, negative space, and my love of materials and the craft of working with them.”
Roskin was born in Toulouse, France. After receiving a BFA in Sculpture from Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, he expanded his horizons with an apprenticeship that explored traditional English furniture design and craftsmanship. The apprenticeship, inspired by the work of famed twentieth-century British Arts and Crafts designer Edward Barnsley, enhanced Roskin’s skill with the hand tool technique of woodworking. In 2000, Roskin went on to earn his MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Roskin and his wife, a painter, live and work on a 220-acre farm-turned-nature preserve in Ancram, New York.
As Roskin works on a commission basis, custom designs may be requested.