POWDERED TITANIUM PIGMENT, GYPSUM CEMENT
46 X 21 X 22 CM (VARIABLE)
THE ONGOING REMAINS (3 PARTS)
PART 1. THE EMISSARIES: KEEPERS OF OUR STORIES
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These figures are the result of a deliberately imprecise casting process. Here Hazewinkel uses a strategy of intentional misalignment in working with a series of moulds taken from the same subject.
Interchanging the component parts of each three-part silicone mould produces a variant mould for each pour, which is then subjected to localised external pressures. Here the intention is not to reproduce identical copies rather unique states which explore and exploit resultant anomalies.
Based on the 1432 terracotta portrait of the Niccolò da Uzzano (attributed to Donatello), the figure that Hazewinkel has created his moulds from is a plaster copy of the famous portrait created in Sydney in 1885 for a drawing school in Bathurst NSW.
Donatello's humanist portrait has been faithfully cast and recast in plaster hundreds if not thousands of times. Casts of the original can be found in cast galleries and drawing schools world over. Those copies have subsequently been copied and recopied by generations of art students learning to render yet another faithful likeness.
There is however a largely overlooked sculptural antecedent to Donatello's original portrait. It is well documented that Donatello - active in the Antiquity crazed Renaissance - maintained a great fascination with early Roman portraits, which were the first to present their subjects to the world warts and all.
See installation documentation of The Emissaries: Keepers of our stories here.
See selected documentation of The Ongoing Remains Parts 1, 2, 3 with accompanying text by Ross Gibson here.
Photos: Zan Wimberely