What Lies Beneath by Max Brosi

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What Lies Beneath by Max Brosi
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All pieces are signed originals, individually created by the artist listed.
Max Brosi
County Leitrim, Ireland

What Lies Beneath
Turned green, sandblasted
7.75” by 5.38" by 3.87"

Artist Note
“This piece is an exploration of form and pattern. The more figure (pattern) present in a piece, the simpler the form must be so the two elements don’t compete. By sandblasting away the soft part of the grain in oak, the annual rings and medullary rays, which form the natural pattern of oak, are exposed. The tapered spouts are a development of my multi axis work and the reason for including them is to highlight the abrupt transition between surfaces through the exposed grain pattern which flows from one element to the other green-turned oak vase form with protruding tapered spouts, sandblasted after seasoning.”

Artist Statement
My work is in a constant state of evolution towards a raw, honest, and calm aesthetic. Everything is in a state of transience; wood warps, metal corrodes. The result of these natural processes is a heightened aesthetic character in the material: the static becomes dynamic, the perfect becomes imperfect.
Many years of working with wood has taught me to design movement into my work by utilizing the natural tendency of wet oak to warp as it dries. Sandblasting reveals the hidden three dimensional texture of the grain and rays. The distortion and texture of the warped wood breathes life into the starkness of geometric form and softens the brutality of cold, rusty steel. This tension between materials excites me.

About Max Brosi
Born in Marburg, Germany in 1981, Brosi now lives and works in the northwest of Ireland. After training as a furniture designer at The Furniture College, Letterfrack, Brosi’s work expanded to boatbuilding and hollow wooden surfboard construction. For the past several years Brosi has specialized in sculptural forms, turned, carved, and sandblasted from green oak, often in combination with rusty steel elements. His work focuses heavily on the tension between stark geometric forms and the natural distortion of green wood as it dries. Since 2014, Brosi’s work has earned several Irish and international accolades including recently winning the woodturning category of the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) National Craft Awards in Ireland and having received an Excellence Award at the AAW symposium in Pittsburgh. His work is included in several private collections in Great Britain, Germany, and the USA.