Alex Roskin, Tusk Chair IV, USA, 2018
The Tusk Chair demonstrates Roskin’s propensity for an animality in form. Created in mirror-polished stainless steel, the chair features a low seat and wide back, balancing masculine and feminine elements with forms that are active, powerful, and playful. Roskin gives each work a sense of movement. Poised to step, or jump, or leap, the Tusk Chair possess a certain sense of life, as if caught in the moment of taking a breath. The front legs extend from the chair’s body in a bowed fashion while the back legs are hand carved, rendering each piece unique.
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.”
Hand-formed stainless steel, walnut
Upholstery COM / COL
Available in two sizes
32” H x 20” W x 24” D, 81.28 H x 50.8 W x 60.96 D cm
36” H x 20” W x 24” D, 91.44 H x 50.8 W x 60.96 D cm
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