Posts tagged: 20th century

Magnificent Brazilian Sculptures from Hugo Franca

By , October 19, 2011

 

Hugo Franca : New Work

 

Recently, I was looking for a very organic wooden bowl for a client’s coffee table on the screened in porch.  I came across an amazing artist that made me forget all about wooden bowls.  I saw a couple of his sofa-style root carvings and fell in love.  I contacted the  R20th Century Gallery  in New York which represents him. It turns out that they are having a show of his work right now.

The extraordinary artist is  Hugo França  from Brazil, and his new exhibit is a series of carved Casulos, or “cocoons,” from Pequi and Imbuia coarse woody debris and roots that he scavenges from the felled trees of the  Brazilian forest.

Hugo França’s sculptures showcase his deep connection with the organic, fluid shapes of the tree. This admiration undoubtedly stems from the fifteen years he spent in the jungles of northeastern Brazil, where he learned woodworking techniques from the indigenous people of Bahia.

 

Casulo Cariru" in pequi wood.
“Casulo Cariru” in pequi wood.
"Casulo Cariru" in pequi wood.
The inside view of “Casulo Cariru” in pequi wood.

 

“For me, it is an exercise of directing my eye,” França says, “trying to recognize and work with the forms already outlined there, and finding a functionality in those forms.”

His work reveals a powerful appreciation for the cycles of nature, by uniting the natural elements of the tree with his creative process, and presenting it back into the human environment. Take a look at this video of the progression from tree to organic sculpture.

 

 

 

França’s pieces encompass the observer, forcing us to experience the aliveness and natural energy of Brazil’s exquisite natural resource. França brings the viewer inside these intriguing massive “cocoons” so we may experience directly the textures and natural designs of the tree, to “create an organic space of retreat and contemplation.”

 

 

“The temperature is different, the sounds are different, the smell and texture are unique,” says França. “This direct contact generates empathy and encourages a bonding experience between man and nature.”

 

 

 

If you are in New York,  visit his exhibition where it will be featured from October 5th – November 5th.  Until then, I will curb my craving with these pictures of his striking furniture. I can just imagine the gorgeous natural colors and contours of the wood bringing warmth and texture into a scenic lakeside cabin.

And more good news about Franca, he still makes very large (36″ across)  and wonderful wooden bowls.

 

Amazing Deals on 20th Century Decorative Arts

By , February 22, 2011

At Bonhams, our local favorite auction house, a good sale is coming up next week for 20th century pieces.

Click here for the auction & details.

Here is a taste for you:

Here is a pair of Art Deco style walnut pedestals,  executed in a classical fluted column shape of book-matched walnut.   The highly polished finish would freshen up your foyer, wouldn’t it?  The hammer price is listed at $500-$700.  The pair looks great in the catalog.  Please remember to go to the preview days to see a piece you are considering buying at auction to check the condition.  But even if they need a bit of work, they qualify as a terrific Design Value.

Since green is the fashion color of the year, check out this beautiful Russian style malachite box, formed to look like a book.  Put this on your coffee table in your all-beige room,  and your  room will become instantly chic!  This is listed with a hammer price of  $800-1000, so go for it!

If you haven’t purchased at auction before, check out my previous post  (“Designers Secret Source for Great Values”) to get to know all the secret steps.

Here is a fun little piece for all the DIY people out there:

Isn’t this piece charming?  I can see it in a California bungalow with some new bright and lovely floral prints.  With a hammer price of only $300, you can believe it is going to need some repairs, but even so, what fun this piece could be!

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