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Brant KingmanMy sculpture manifests my view of how we fit in time. I invented two forms of expression to address this conceptual query: Cultural Fossils and Contemporary Relics. Both forms are directly inspired by my observations of nature.

My Cultural Fossils are assemblages of three-dimensional objects that create tangible dream-like images of our cultural condition that appear to be archaeological snapshots of the moment in relief. They contain impressions of the mass-produced, ready-made images that have flooded our lives. In them we see images as exotic as Indonesian garudas and as common as paper clips. Plastic millipedes, lizards, and snakes, and real sea shells, seed pods, and fern fronds represent some of the more enduring forms of life whose impressions I have woven between religious and pop icons. Cultural Fossils report, they don't judge. They look like fluvial deposits from the great river of time.

I call my free standing, broken, bent, and incomplete sculptures Contemporary Relics in an effort to point out that everything we make, no matter how new, is a relic from the moment of its creation. I deliberately degenerate these sculptures, reducing classical forms to their most identifiable and durable essence. My creations focus on the most recognizable of all images: the human figure and one of humankind's earliest creations, the vessel. I see the vessel as a symbol of culture.

Brant KingmanCultural Fossils comprise the surface of the majority of my Contemporary Relics. The imagery on the surface and the form of the figure itself generate a dialogue that becomes more poignant when it is studied from a variety of perspectives. From a distance you see one thing, but when you get close up, you realize what you see is vastly more complex. Here you find agreement with our present scientific point of view: the universe expands infinitely.

This discovery makes people pause. Time is felt in the pauses. In our contemporary lifestyle we have lost our sense of having time because we fail to pause. - Yet we discover our connection to nature and feel our place in time by pausing to reflect and observe.

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