Piotr Gargas has taken a large piece of Kilkenny Marble and sculpted it into an impressive stone ring which ponders the concept of an animal eye and a camera, hence the name, Focal Point. On the ‘animate’ side, Piotr has carved in relief an organic pattern centred on the round hole or 'iris', in the middle of the sculpture. The marble is deeply carved but unpolished, so its textured surface appears grey. On the other ‘mechanical’ side, the marble is highly polished and as a result looks almost black. Piotr has incised the polished surface with lines and tiny indented dots to define 12 shutter blades closing around the aperture of a camera. While the intellectual idea behind the work is engaging, the sculpture is also satisfyingly tactile.
Piotr spent five years in Poland formally training as sculptor, where the traditional discipline involved the study and copying of classical pieces. This led to him becoming involved in restoration work, travelling across Europe for the next decade to work on the decorative stonework of numerous historic buildings, while continuing to learn from the work of generations of past stonemasons and artists. This work has inevitably been described as stone ‘cosmetic surgery’, but the process of repairing eroded and damaged sculptures has led to the development of Piotr’s own artistic style. His current work has been inspired by working on the colleges and churches in Oxford. More recently he has focused on using modern 3D imaging technology to then create his own sculptures in stone, which reflect the flow and harmony so evident in organic form.
More of this talented, self-taught sculptor's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.
Materials: Kilkenny marble, white marble plinth, steel armature, suitable for indoors or outside
Dimensions (approx.): H:72cm Ttop of scuplute to bottom on pline, Dia:60cm; plinth H:8cm, W: 22cm, D:22cm
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