26 May 2013
The Londoner's Guide to London
A series of nail sculptures at Air Gallery make up part of the Marcus Levine exhibition on show in September 2010. Featuring thousands of nails, each individually hammered into boards, the nail sculpture art is a fascinating take on depicting the human form in an unconventional medium.
Nail sculptures at Air Gallery
Using around 50,000 nails and plain white boards the artist has created a series of nail sculptures that depict the curves of the human body. By hammering the nails in at varying heights and angles, they create shadows and textures which can be used to create light and shade on the human form.
Taking an unusual approach to creating nudes and abstract pieces, Marcus Levine has combined the hard and rigid nails with the board to create beautifully soft lines of shade. Depending on the angle of the nails in the board and the direction of the light source, the nail scuptures at Air Gallery can take on very different looks, being similar to either fine pencil lines or charcoal strokes.
Hard as nails
Despite their reputation for being rigid and unbending, the nails actually create a very flexible approach to creativity. Using them in various ways allows Levine to manipulate the intensity of the contours of the body, and create abstract sculptures with a distinctly density of tone but that also have a very particular sense of decliacy about them.
Hirst and Hockney
Marcus Levine studied art at Jacob Kramer Art College alongside Damien Hirst; David Hockney also previously attended the college, and both artists have acted as inspiration for the artist behind the nail sculptures at Air Gallery. Having created his very frist nail based piece back in 2005, Levine has now been completing nail sculptures with increasing dynamism as he pushes the boundaries of forming art with this unusual medium.
Hammered Home, the exhibition of nail sculptures at Air Gallery takes place from 10am - 6pm Monday - Friday, and 10am - 4pm Saturday. The show runs from Monday 6th September - Sunday 12th September 2010. Entrance is free.
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