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Vesuvius by Cyrus Tilton at Vessel Gallery
Vesuvius by Cyrus Tilton at Vessel Gallery
Vesuvius by Cyrus Tilton at Vessel Gallery
Vesuvius by Cyrus Tilton at Vessel Gallery
Vesuvius by Cyrus Tilton at Vessel Gallery

Vesuvius

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Cyrus Tilton (2013)

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20" x 32" x 20"

Paper mache

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Cyrus Tilton (2013)

Available to collect, click to inquire about pricing

20" x 32" x 20"

Paper mache

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Vesuvius (2013) tells another story. A nude female figure, in papier-mâché made to look like bronze, holds what appears to be a blanket when seen from below, but reads like a section of earth when seen from above. The double meaning adds mystery to a work inspired by research into the eruption of Vesuvius and destruction of Pompeii. A sculpture like this, blurring reality and make-believe and dealing with the stubborn fact of death, manifests the transformative potential of art. Tilton aims high, not only in terms of his process, but also in term of his aspirations. Citing the example of Picasso, he says, ‘I aspire to achieve a fraction of his fearlessness.’”    

– Peter Selz for Sculpture Magazine, to read the full article click here

Cyrus Tilton’s mother and father espoused the values of the back-to-nature movement of the Sixties and when they were first married, set up house in a remote river valley in the wilderness northeast of Anchorage. His father has worked as a commercial fisherman and park engineer. His mother went from tending vegetables in the family truck patch to being a master gardener who has designed gardens for clients. Cyrus remembers being a toddler in a one-room cabin; he remembers his mother fetching water for his bath from the river below the house; he remembers getting a home visit from a bear. The vast expanses of Alaska were always just outside Cyrus’ back door, even when the family moved to a house in Chugiak, close to Anchorage. From there, he could still trace with his eye the profile of Mt. Susitna, the great “Sleeping Lady” that dominates the horizon west of Anchorage, and watch the seasons roll through the splendid birch forests of the great north. Since then he’s been searching for elements of The Great Good Place in all the locales where life has taken him. His move to the Bay Area brought him into contact with a post-industrial urban landscape, where he now observes the processes of decay at work in concrete and steel with the same keenness that he watched, back in Alaska, the powerful effects of weathering and erosion on his surroundings. Wherever he goes, he never leaves behind his love of nature and his delight in analyzing the intricate structures of organic forms. He is represented by Lonnie Lee, and Vessel Gallery (www.vessel-gallery.com, 510-893-8800.) For more information, email info@vessel-gallery.com

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