Silver travertine, bronze
Dimensions: 40cm (H) x 25cm (W) x 10cm (D) / 15.7" (H) x 9.8" (W) x 3.9" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This is a dangerous game, of the sacred versus the profane.
The sculpture that should not be; silver travertine, the diva of stone, forced into bed with bronze, the brute.
Minerality I was an experiment of deadly potential; to force rock to rubble, the fired fierceness of the molten metal, inflicted upon the fragile, darling stone.
In the intersection, there's introspection, but disconnection; infinite tension between two opposites.
A debauched dialogue, a forever dance, sculptural trance, lustful stance, but these two will never so much as touch.
This is the rule of nature, the curse on the two.
The virgin rock remains just that. It retains its crystalline purity.
Attracted yet resisting. Framed but never the possessed. Forever together but just oh so, achingly, apart.
The bronze elevated by its association.
It is frozen in the moment. Frozen in a state of mind. Frozen in time.
This is yours and yours only. It never can be repeated. It can never be replicated. Because this reaction is unique.
Based in: Beirut & Sydney
Tarek Elkassouf is an award-winning object designer and sculptor based between Beirut and Sydney who works on sculptures, collectible design objects and art installations.
Elkassouf’s work is about materials, the rawness of nature refined by the hand of man through his relationship with tools and machines.
His studio specialises in precise craftsmanship and innovative design across a full spectrum of objects and work.
Advanced engineering is fused with the work of artisans who are masters of their craft to create high-end, collectible objects.
Elkassouf has objects on permanent display in Cartier boutiques around the world, had Sculptures commissioned by the Ithra Museum and other been acquired by the Museum of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.
And he regularly speaks and conducts workshops on the intersection of art and design.
2018’s selected resident artist at the Swatch Art Gallery in Shanghai, Elkassouf has been featured at more than 20 international exhibitions, and is represented in galleries and museums in New York, Paris, Singapore, Shanghai, Riyadh, Kuwait, Dubai, and Beirut.
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