Alex Roskin, Zepp Cocktail Table, USA, 2017
Alex Roskin’s Zepp Cocktail Table reflects the simplicity of design present in the artist’s recent works with the elegant combination of rich wood and true bronze. The top is hand carved walnut while the bronze midsection of the table, bowed and sinuous, fluidly extends to meet hand-carved walnut legs. The bronze central support consists of a series of spindles resembling the internal structure of a zeppelin.
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.”
Medium: Bronze, Walnut
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