Two Living Sculptors
This is Solano's monument in Bilbao, Spain -- a wonderful medition on Mercury -- the god of (classical) learning -- as a child toying with a little classical statue -- ready to grow up and support/inspire the arts to a second Renaissance. This picture was sent to me by the artist himself -- accompanied by the following poem.(What greater honor can a blogger receive ?)
"Despacio, lee despacio el mensaje y despuees detente a pensar .. Si el mundodes ordenado cabe en tan solo dos cajones, ? como podemos convivar con differentes evoluciones, alimentando el sub sistir de primitivas razones que enajendan a las mentes y permiten a tiranos regalarnos sus traiciones ?
Deprisa, Ileva el mensaje depris, Pero en alas de la brisa, que no en los vientos rasantes que van rozando las gentes, que van calentando mentes, que van rompiendo do los brazos, que van dejando pedazos.
Despierta, no des la espalda. Regala al nino experiencia, pon la sonrisa en su cara y espantara la tristeza. Que lleve alegre el mensaje, elevando alto su vuelo, buscando un mundo feliz."
Per Ung (born 1933) is evidentally a black sheep in a nation of black sheep (Norway). Judging from a catalog published in Oslo, 20th Century Norwegian sculpture joined the modern classical movement in 1900 (Gustav Vigeland) -- but did not follow the rest of the art world down the primrose path after 1950 --- they stuck to a plastic expression that was figurative, powerful, and in the case of Per Ung, maybe too powerful (Per Ung was omitted from the catalog).
Look at his Adam ! Not the big, simple, gentle Adam of the Renaissance --- but a wild Adam who has just sinned and fallen. (whose features seem to resemble Mr. Ung himself) Just like the bleacher bums when a their baseball hero has blasted another baseball into the stands --- on my knees in reverence, I am chanting "We are not worthy .. we are not worthy"
His website is at: http://www.galleri.com/English/
(where the excellent animal sculpture of Elena Engelsen (born 1952) can also be found.)