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Simon Masschelein

Simon Masschelein

Simon Masschelein’s sculptural thinking starts from the joint. He fabricates hinged sculptures. How did he come to this? At a time, he was surrounded by pieces of wood, never longer than one and a half meter, nicely shaped, and this was a starting point to envision higher sculptures, resembling ramshackle stacked totem poles. So he started looking for ways to connect these elements, initially similar to ways protheses are connected to the body, then morphing them into hinges. One sculpture has been conceptualized from a knee, another from the way a femur fits the pelvis. One sculpture, made out of forty kilos of sculpted alabaster, is held upright by a tensioned cable self-riveted to an iron ball which is clamped in a bracket. A strange, two-piece figure on two wobbly feet giving shape to a modest contrapposto, sometimes folds forward. A tree trunk is chiselled into a spiral column, then hollowed out, halved and reconnected by a wooden link. For me, the beauty of Masschelein’s art is the way he adapts wood, stone and metal and combines these elements into new shapes. No assemblages, no old stuff, but powerful new work with a hardly hidden tenderness.                                               Hans Theys, 2018

Simon Masschelein
Simon Masschelein
Simon Masschelein

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Simon Masschelein
Simon Masschelein
Simon Masschelein
Simon Masschelein
Simon Masschelein