mind-blowing wood

On October 23, 2013 by Evan Senn

This Southern hunk of badassery is blowing our tiny rogue minds over here. Based in Richmond, Virginia artist Morgan Herrin transforms the most generic and humble material—construction-grade 2x4s—into spectacularly detailed figurative sculptures. Ah-mazing. The figure has been long dead in contemporary art, but The Millenial generation (of which I proudly hail) is changing everything.

Herrin’s choice of imagery is surreal and poetic: a noble 15th century knight melts into a network of dripping stalagmites or a classical marble bust that is overgrown with parasitic sea creatures. A wounded female warrior or Roman goddess falls into the world after being thwarted by arrows from an unknown source… These images alone are suggestive and powerful–then, render them in dimensional wood–holy fuck, people. HOLY FUCK.

The resulting works are a fascinating juxtaposition of material and subject matter that require so much time and energy that it’s admirable and ridiculous all at the same time. And we are so so grateful that he is that ridiculous.

“Rendered entirely in laminated construction-grade 2 by 4s, the material itself irreverently contradicts this classical allusion, and at the same time draws attention to our own culture’s reliance on the fast, cheap, and impermanent,” says Herrin.

Keep an eye out for this talented creature as he creates a new world for our hearts to live and breathe in.

You can learn more about Herrin’s work at ADA Gallery, and Mulherin + Pollard here. All images courtesy ADA Gallery. (via Collosall)

 

 

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