paul kaptein hand carves warped wooden figures with digital glitches
 
paul kaptein hand carves warped wooden figures with digital glitches
jan 05, 2016

paul kaptein hand carves warped wooden figures with digital glitches

paul kaptein hand carves warped wooden figures with digital glitches
all images courtesy of paul kaptein

 

 

 

paul kaptein continues his work with wood and its material metamorphosis with a recently completed sculpture series presented at new york’s krause gallery from now until january 26, 2016. the perth-based artist, who we previously featured on designboom here, carves laminated wood into figures and faces that are both familiar, and strangely awry at the same time. dramatic contours and warped curves interrupt the traditional human forms, making the sculptures seem as if they been intercepted by a digital software glitch. depending on the vantage point of the viewer, the figures can change from figurative to abstract, with some angles revealing an almost completely typically human body, while others uncover a striking warped effect. 

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mute figure #1, 2015
laminated, hand carved wood
H68 x W30 x D20

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mute figure #1 (back view)

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mute figure #1 (side view)

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strum the pipa (empty gesture #2), 2015
laminated, hand carved wood
H69 x W9 x D74

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strum the pipa (empty gesture #2) – side view 

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strum the pipa (empty gesture #2) – front view 

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strum the pipa (empty gesture #2) – detail 

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with the poise of one entering a black hole for the third time, 2015
laminated, hand carved wood, graphite.
H36 x W44 x D25

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with the poise of one entering a black hole for the third time (back view)

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with the poise of one entering a black hole for the third time (side view)

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with the poise of one entering a black hole for the third time (side view)

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mute figure #2, 2015
hand carved wood (basswood – tilia)
H35 x W24 x D15cm

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mute figure #2

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mute figure #2

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