"Wolf", sculpted wolf skull, bronze, by Shane Wilson
Shane Wilson’s art does not conform to a known vernacular, neither within sculpture nor carving nor the contemporary language of found objects and mixed materials. It is wild and visceral and engaging and, sometimes, jarringly awakening.
His creations stir up something deep within us—a mystery that cannot be explained easily in words. It could be the palmate shape of a moose antler that fans the inner flame of an archetypal memory, or the gleam of a near-mythological narwhal inscribed with artistic symbolism that reads like an ancient petroglyph.
Seeing them on the wall or under museum protective cases, it is our delight—and the artist’s challenge issued to us—to try and decode the hidden messages. Art and nature form a breathtaking confluence in his extraordinary, evocative portfolio. “For me, the message is all about who we are as people today,” Wilson says. “We live in a world of intriguing duality between what's new and that which is timeless."
Whether one dwells in a city or remote bush community; whether commuting to work in a skyscraper or making a living off the land; whether sojourning for subsistence in the wilderness or escaping into backyard woodlots; there is something ineffable about the headgear of Wilson's animals. You want original wildlife art? Well, here it is.
"This art of Neolithic and contemporary tribal peoples, to me, ranks with any art of world history. Its inventiveness, rhythm and...
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Post Date:December 15th, 2010
'An acclaimed artist working with found natural materials, Shane Wilson's work defies easy description, though his visual impact is obvious. The Canadian sculptor wants his pieces to remind people of the challenges facing the natural world and the importance of ensuring that rare species don't become artifacts.