The birds in this exhibition have been executed in typical graceful Hooke style. Says artist and curator Eric Ernst (Sag Harbor, NY): “Robert Hooke’s figures straddle the often intractable line between realism and abstraction. This is also apparent in his works featuring animals from the natural world whose recreation is dependent not on aspects of scientific illustration nor the majestic idealizations of the nineteenth century “Animalier” artists." View the entire show on Artsy by clicking here.
As the revered 18th Century British poet William Blake said: “Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed”. Throughout history, the female shape has been the subject of artistic creation, from the nymph-like figures of Michelangelo (1475-1564) to the voluptuous, disproportionate nudes of Fernando Botero (b. 1932).
Like Botero, Robert Hooke examines plasticity and movement in animal or human form: Hooke’s alabaster females are relaxing, stretching or otherwise engaged in positions that are instinctively familiar to the viewer. Carved and polished to perfection " the [viewer’s] eye flows over the curves, there are no straight lines in Hooke's female sculptures”.
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Artist Robert Hooke is a master of body language. He observes it in humans, animals and birds; interprets it and effortlessly captures it in his sculptures.
This exhibition, Movement, exclusively curated for Artsy, conveys the control that Hooke has over his materials: marble, soapstone, alabaster and patinated bronze. They are not the easiest materials to manipulate but it is as if Hooke’s sculptures came into existence the way they are: clean lines and smooth surfaces - some would call it perfection.
By reducing the form of his sculptures to the point of abstraction, Hooke is able to create a sense of movement - urgency almost - in his figures: the Panther Stalking, or the Leopard Hunting. Hooke’s unique gift is that he is able to express more with less. There is no need for detail in these sculptures, his figures convey it all.
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