Unveiled

Featuring Mequitta Ahuja, Milana Braslavsky, and Sebastian Martorana.

January 27 – March 3, 2018

Unseen

Unseen, marble, 28 x 15 x 4 in.

Unseen, marble, 28 x 15 x 4 in.

“Unseen” began as a reflection on the amount of artwork that is produced but never seen.

How many people actually “see” artwork? Most people that “see” artwork actually haven’t. They have seen pixels. Fewer people have actually seen my artwork in person than have experienced it in the form of curated photos posted via the internet on screens no bigger than their fists.

Going further—how much of my “work” have people really seen? Do they see each hour spend spilling specks of marble on the shop floor? Do they see the chisels sharpened or unique files made? Do they see the years of training that allowed me to attempt each piece in the first place?

Further—apply that to all products. We see the result, but not the process. How much labor went into the design and fabrication of even just the protective cases that surround our cell phones? Do we think about the loom that wove our clothing? or its operator?

Unseen, marble, 28 x 15 x 4 in.

Unseen, marble, 28 x 15 x 4 in.

The texture of the cloth in Unseen is based on my examination of the simplest of fabrics—flour sack dish clothes (my wife and I use a collection in our kitchen, hand stitched and embroidered by her grandmother, from actual flour sacks).

The sculpture has the peaks and valleys of the fine warp and weft threads.

However, only with focused, directional light they are revealed. This is true of nearly anything in life—it can been seen clearly if one views it in the proper light.

Latent

Latent, marble, 4 x 16 x 14 in.

Latent, marble, 4 x 16 x 14 in.

Often, the most exciting pieces I make happen when collectors say: “What do you really want to do next?”

This can be intimidating since you are being put on the spot and there is pressure to have an idea immediately.

Luckily for me, my work takes so long that I will literally never catch up with the running and ever changing list of potential artworks in my head.

Also, one of my favorite things about visual art is that it speaks without words, however sometimes you do need to be able to articulate an idea before actually making it. In this case I was very fortunate that they were interested in seeing my vision. Thanks, T & L.

photography: Geoff T. Graham

 

Latent, marble, 4 x 16 x 14 in.

Latent, marble, 4 x 16 x 14 in.

Latent, marble, 4 x 16 x 14 in.

Latent, marble, 4 x 16 x 14 in.

Skilled Artisans: Expert craftspeople create beautiful and functional objects

Beyond, Alaska Airlines Magazine
July 1, 2016
By Lora Shinn

Sebastian Martorana straddles the line between art and craft, utility and beauty. At age 21 he apprenticed with a company outside of in Washington, D.C., as an undergraduate student, under the lead of Tim Johnston. In addition to learning to carve, he polished stone, made granite counter tops, benches and bathtub surrounds. “It was the wax-on, wax-off school of learning,” he says, indicating that he honed his craft through work . . .

Follow this link to read the full article in Alaska Airlines Magazine, Beyond (page 73).

Seasons Magazine – Russia

So this is my first appearance in a Russian publication, Seasons Magazine — but not the first time I’ve shared article space with Alasdair Thomson.

The article is Titled “Pygmalion,” and I understand that it is featuring the work of three contemporary stone sculptors in the context of the current design trend toward marble. Sadly, I can’t read it, of course, but the pictures sure are pretty — thanks to Geoff Graham & Alain Hain.

Follow this link to view the full PDF of the story from Seasons Magazine.