ABOUT THE ARTIST
German born conceptual artist, Martin Bialas explores the ephemeral nature of sculpture and drawing with natural materials, like twigs, rocks, found objects which can lead to an alchemical process of being immortalized in bronze.
These bronze alphabets are made by the ancient "lost wax technique". All the letters are sculpted by hand in wax and then molten bronze is poured into the mould which is then hardened in the desert sand. The mould is cracked open to reveal a certain course grain to the surface of the letter, which is then cast. It is this deliberate finish that emphasizes the weathered fossilized feel of the letters or other objects he casts.
Imagine going back to the basics of communication- our alphabets, and the simple poetry of language.
Martin Bialas' work is a quest for something poetic and yet sophisticated in its simplicity. Inspired from numerous journeys across the Sahara desert, where the expanse of space and natural elements provide inspiration for where everything and anything can reveal truth in its inherent beauty
His conceptual sculptures are cast in bronze suitable for interior or exterior walls. Light and airy, they somehow defy the weight traditionally associated with bronze sculpture. His placement brings out the contrasts of light and shade, rough texture on smooth, elegant sophistication and primitive simplicity.
In Bialas' Oracle Series, found objects are randomly thrown or placed onto canvas then photographed. As ephemeral sculpture, the photograph being the only trace, it hence becomes the 'actual work'. Like an oracle they can be interpreted, newly placed, or given another meaning, composition or word. Printed with archival inks on Hahnemuhhle paper, they are in a limited edition series, in folders or as individual pieces, signed and numbered.
This work aligns with Tree of Life, which shows life springs from the desire to live -- Salt. Water. Will. Light. The desire to live starts a long path that does not know a straight line. Like branches of a tree, we are born and grow, following a powerful inner law: the tree of life.
Based in Paris, Ibiza and Morocco, Bialas is in several private European collections and foundations.