By Katy Cowan
If you thought these unusual sculptures by London artist Philip Michael Wolfson were made of cloth, think again. In actual fact, they are made from Concrete Canvas – a groundbreaking material that allows concrete to be used in a completely new way.
Forming part of his Tsukumogami series (meaning a type of Japanese spirit), his radical designs are greatly inspired by the early experiments of the Russian and Italian Modernist movements, as well as Dada inspired concepts of perceived realities. He has a unique approach to design, as informed by the dynamics of feature and fragmentation, layering and manipulating his materials into fluid shapes and forms, where shadow and reflection are an integral part of the seduction of his work.
Speaking of these particular Concrete Canvas sculptures, Philip said: “As a concrete, the material possesses an inherent strength, and as a fabric – albeit quite a heavy fabric – it has an innate organic quality and movement. In its raw state it can be seen as a finished product, not requiring polishing, sanding, painting, which is required of any other material or process.
“The intrinsic life of the material stimulates a conscious awareness of the senses for an immediate response – modelling and moulding the raw flesh-ness of the material from an idea, a thought or feeling, rather than developing the works through sketch phases, analysis and then development stages.”
Via direct submission | All images courtesy of the artist
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