Meticulously hand-carved wood sculpture is a rare commodity these days, but Dallas born and Richmond based artist Morgan Herrin successfully creates stunning work using laudable skills and a distinctive, surprising style by creating these masterpieces from construction grade 2x4's. Herrin's sculptures demand the better part of a year to create, and his newest piece is no exception. With this considerable investment & devotion given to each piece, Herrin is able to reach a level of detail and sophistication not typically found in wood sculpture.
"Untitled (Knight) is the product of the combination of two subjects: 15th century plate armor, and geological cave structure. Studied separately, these two subjects are completely unrelated. The manmade geometric precision of plate armor is formally opposite of the flowing, organic stalactites and stalagmites. Seen together, these two parts present a striking contrast in form and create a theme of time and the effects of nature. The pose of the figure and the general composition are references to the classical sculpture "The Dying Gaul" of ancient Roman antiquity. Rendered entirely in laminated construction-grade 2 by 4s, the material itself irreverently contradicts this classical allusion, and at the same time draws attention to our own culture's reliance on the fast, cheap, and impermanent." - Morgan Herrin
The opening for Morgan's new piece, Untitled Knight, is Thursday, November 4, from 6-9pm at Mulherin Pollard in NYC. The show will run through the month of November, so make sure you come be to see this one-of-a-kind work!