Insects – a different take

Edouard Martinet, Sladmore Contemporary, 32 Bruton Place, London W1, until 27th May 2016

Dragonfly. Libellule. Unique 80cm H x 54cm W x 115cm L

Dragonfly. Libellule.
Unique
80cm H x 54cm W x 115cm L

French artist Edouard Martinet challenges our concept of insects through his sculptures created from bits of cast-off junk from a variety of sources, including car boot sales.

Rose Beetle. Scarabee Rose. Unique 10cm H x 28cm W x 30cm L

Rose Beetle. Scarabee Rose.
Unique
10cm H x 28cm W x 30cm L

The result is remarkable and graceful.  He screws the component parts* together rather than welding them and it usually takes him a month to complete a work.  I am sure most will agree that his efforts are more than worthwhile.

Crayfish. Ecrevisse Unique 30cm H x 40cm W x 95cm L

Crayfish. Ecrevisse
Unique
30cm H x 40cm W x 95cm L

 

 

*For example the components used for the dragonfly are:

ABDOMEN – bicycle pump

THORAX – four bike rear lights, two small car lights, big upholstery tacks, gas cap, ball furniture casters

HEAD – two old bike headlights, inside round sunglasses, shoe tree parts, parts of a daisy wheel for typewriter (hairs from the mouth), under the head parts of acetylene bike lights

LEGS – tubes, bike cable guide, wing nuts, cream chargers

WINGS – umbrella ribs, fencing wire, aluminium metal mesh

http://www.sladmorecontemporary.com

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