Dimensions: 56cm (H) x 27cm (W) x 23cm (D) / 22" (H) x 10.6" (W) x 9.1" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Hand carved sculpture from locally sourced Plum wood.
Carved and oiled, 56 x 23 x 27 cm
The work's title wants to pay tribute to the ancient Greek philosophy of Platonism, named after Plato, who again was a student of Socrates. However, the work itself wants to add a more contemporary and updated perspective on what is called "Platonic Solids".
These regularly geometrical volumes were constructed by Plato in order to give a visual model of the five elements, of which he was convinced the universe would be built from.
A couple decades later, in 245 AD, an Egyptian philosopher named Plotinus would found a philosophy school based on his own contemporary interpretation of Platonism.
This new, revolutionary school had a massive influence on philosophy and theology until the middle ages across different continents.
As the Neoplatonics did not apply any geometrical models to visualise their viewpoints, I created the work "Neoplatonic Solid" to express my own, very subjective interpretation of how I think such a philosophical object could possibly look like.
Based in: Bamberg
Gabriel Tarmassi is an artist and designer based in Bamberg, Germany.
He creates sculptures and objects from wood, intersecting the categories of art, design and craft. Gabriel´s process focuses on the direct contact with the material, so that each of his creations is a handmade original work of art.
Gabriel Tarmassi describes his inspiration in the following artist statement:
"I feel drawn to wood from early childhood memories on. As a kid, nothing excited me more than playing around in the forest with sticks and branches, seeing what I could create with the forms that nature provided. The sensory experiences of touching a raw piece of timber, exploring the grain or getting haptic feedback from the material during the work process are still a central part of my identity and the reason I decided to commit myself to working with wood professionally. The abstract language of my pieces is influenced by the organic nature of the material and the experience of wandering around in vast and wild landscapes.
With my work I want to offer the vision of a holistic relationship between mankind and our natural surroundings. This connectedness and belonging is my personal perspective on the age-old question “What is man in the cosmos?”.
Back when we were still hunters and gatherers roaming around in bleak deserts, conquering mountains or exploring the wide open sea, these environments not only had a huge influence on our bodies, but just as much on our consciousness. We see a distinct shape or pattern and it instantly reminds us of something “out there”. Conversely, we as humanity have a large impact on the condition of the planet we live on. Today more than ever.
This mutual relationship is crucial to my work process. I often have a certain idea of a piece, but I aim to respect the natural beauty of the wood and integrate it into the final work. Through this co-design approach I perceive myself simultaneously as creature and creator. I feel as a part of the boundless realm of nature, while at the same time expressing my own “inner landscapes” in a medium that represents the natural world."
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