Monday, October 4th, 2010
Italian artist Willy Verginer makes wooden (that's right—wood) sculptures unlike anything you've ever seen. Appearing simultaneously lifelike and whimsical, the sculptures are dipped in bold colors and patterned, adding just the right amount of surrealism.
In his series "cecitá voluta," characters sprawl on a dock, their legs disappearing into the ground, as bright orange paints trick the eye into seeing varying levels of immersion in the "water." There is a clinical precision about the horizontal lines of paint, and the body language of his sculptures exude more than a hint of creepiness. With such a distinctive style, it's no wonder Verginer's work has found international support and exhibited in galleries around the world.