The New York based artist Sculptor (Mel) Hantz is gathering his laurels at a phenomenal pace with his beautiful and highly desirable knot sculptures. Not only is his work appearing in collection all over the United States, Parks in New York and Florida have also acquired something from his hands for their regular and visiting walkers.
Sculptor Hantz is said to know exactly what his knot is going to look like before he creates it. Putting an idea in a vision into reality requires a huge amount of skill and ability to decipher the often abstract images created by our internal eye. The entire process makes use of casting, welding, and brute forcing before a delicate and heartfelt finish is applied.
The manipulation and formation of heavy-duty metal requires not only a lot of strength but also a desire to craft something human from such a strong and tensile material. Symbolic of the processes of life, often we have to put in huge efforts in order to get our worlds in a way we like them. Manifesting our mental reality into the physical one often takes huge strength and many tools, these man-sized knots seem to recognise this principle.
The creations use recycled materials including iron, bronze, aluminium, and copper. These materials have different uses in the world yet for Mel they work together to bring out complimentary metallic art. It's been a long way for Sculptor Hantz, learning to utilise his hands and his imagination has taken a lot of learning. Each piece culminates his years of experience and passion.
“Works by Sculptor Hantz have been exhibited at the University of Alaska, Pratt Institute, Herzl Institute, Sotheby’s Special Exhibition, Margo Feiden Gallery, R.K. Parker Gallery, Jack Alonzo Gallery, and other venues across the United States. They are in permanent collections of the Cooper Union and Vorpal Gallery and many private collections worldwide. ” PRUnderground
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