Union Jack Boy Soldier , Tristan Schoony Schoonraad, 2010, Britain
Barriera, Matteo Pugliese, 2009, Italy
Ad Astra, Matteo Pugliese, 2009, Italy
The Renunciation, Matteo Pugliese, 2000, Italy
Tension, Matteo Pugliese, 2003, Italy
Boy Soldier Red Grenade, Tristan Schoony Schoonraad 2010, Britain
I chose the male human figure emerging and going into the wall. I chose Schoonraad’s, Boy Soldier, pieces to set a precedence for more political statement to charge Pugliese’s figures. The Boy Soldier’s are haunting and have an almost death quality to them due to their pale color and the way the face is sculpted. The eyes are closed the piece is very static. It is also self framed by the boarder of the piece almost like a coffin.
In contrast Pugliese’s Bronze pieces have life and an elegant movement and fluidity to them. They are have a carved stone quality to them and are in dramatic poses of partial human form. They have a sense of tension and agony to them. It is like they are trying to pull away from what is happening.
This is why I choose three of the figures faceing the wall and one, Barriere, escaping almost. The viewer cannot quite tell if the figure is being pushed back into the wall or if it is getting out of the wall.
I choose the pieces for contrasting materials, styles, and age. When conflict happens, be it domestic home issues or as wide spread and violent as war, children often times go through it in silence. They are completely powerless to escape what is happing to them and the scars stay with them even as they grow older.
I love the use of color, material, and form the two artists use. I think the red grenade is wonderful use of color. Red is a power color and is also loaded with symbolism of blood, love, and hate. Because the form of the child is so simple the red is able to pop. In contrast I enjoyed the way that the bronze was patina in different colors and states. The metal comes across in various stages of warm and cool tones. The works of both artist juxtapose nicely and derive raw emotions in me.
Born in Milan, Italy, in 1969, Matteo Pugliese graduated from Milan University majoring in Modern Literature. During his time at university, he made sculptures and models of film and comic strip characters for his own pleasure. He now lives in Milan. Major Exhibitions include: “Freedom,” Siena (2004); “Die Ontnapping,” The Netherlands (2005); “Sculpture,” Milan (2006); “Extra Moenia,” Cagliari (2007).
British Lifecast Artist Tristan Schoonraad has probably one of the most interesting backstories to an artist that we have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Working in Hollywood in the Special Effects & Make-Up departments from a young age has allowed this man the rare opportunity to work behind the scenes in many incredible movies, such as Rambo, Troy, Harry Potter, Saving Private Ryan & Gladiator. His deep knowledge of casting and moulding near perfect creations of humans, monsters & even aliens gives him the perfect springboard with which to launch his newfound career as a Fine Artist. UKAdapta predict that Schoonraad will be a key player in the art world in the next decade and remember; you heard it here first.