The sculptures of Michael Beitz
The works of Michael Beitz have had a very interesting evolution from his early sculptures focused on the human figure and body, revealing subtle communication possibilities, the opening towards the outside and unknown, the powerful connections and emotions, as well as the boundaries between individuals, to an extraordinary perspective of everyday objects inspired by and crafted according to human behavior and relationships.
The artist’s recent works, consisting of tangled or elongated furniture and playful or humorously absurd juxtapositions between objects that seem unrelated, switch the functionality and meaning of these familiar objects to reflect today’s social interaction or lack of it, as some sculptures make it impossible for two sides to communicate.
Although fun to experience at first sight, the sculptures of Michael Beitz confront the viewer with the challenges of a reality where human condition is defined by alienation, by the unsatisfied need for intimacy and poor relationship with the other, thus unfolding the rarely noticeable aspects which separate and affect us until isolation inside our own fantasy boxes.
‘Roll’, wood, 2015 / Work on view at Dismaland.
‘Not Now’, 2014, wood, 18 ft. x 6 ft. x 8 ft.
‘Picnic’, 2013, wood, 20 ft. x 16 ft. x 13 ft. / Work on view at Dismaland.
‘idiot’, 2013, wood, 30 ft. x 8 ft. x 1.5 ft.
‘Opening’, 2011, vitreous china, 8 inches x 12 inches x 12 inches
‘Point’, 2011, vitreous china, 50 inches x 8 inches x 10 inches
‘Crossing’, 2004, terra cotta, 10 ft. diameter x 8 inches
All images © Michael Beitz