A lot of more conceptual art suffers in the materials department, the focus is more on the concept, and while pains are usually taken in the execution the materials are usually simple crude everyday and sometimes lack the texture and weightiness of a more studied form-focused piece. Not so with Vanderlei Lopes – I just love what he is doing here. The pieces are arresting, concept aware, but the focus is on the materials – maybe not even the focus but the texture and weightiness of more traditional sculpture is very much there. Beautiful and arresting to look at.
The pieces I chose are both cast in bronze with patina but his works in polished bronze are also beautiful – please take a moment to explore all of his work.