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william kurtz's avatar william kurtz

This is a sculpture of Linda who is a dog walker that lives in Brooklyn. She posed for me while walking a group of dogs at Prospect Park. She is a wonderful personality of the park and often walks up to 12 dogs at a time and somehow manages to keep track of them when she lets them off their leashes in the park. It is a life size sculpture made of newspaper, wood, wire, tape, glue, matte medium, uv matte varnish. This is not paper mache, but rather a technique I developed using only newspaper taped onto a wood and wire armature with masking tape.. I make all of my figures naked, then make the clothes and shoes also out of newspaper. I do not use any paint, but just the colorful advertising from the newspaper as a collage that is put on with a hot glue gun. The sculptures are then sealed with matte medium and several layers of a UV archival varnish. My subjects are real, everyday people who are often undistinguished and living on the margins of society. I select and create uncommon characters that have a distinct emotive quality. I use photography to capture a moment of their daily lives. They are often comic in character, dress or body type. The posture, gestures, facial expressions and clothing bring the figures to life. They have a familiarity of someone you might know or have passed on the street. I capture their resilience and vulnerability to embody a true empathy for the hardships we all share. The animals are selected to show their unique breed, size, shape or type of hair. Through them I am able express their innocence and humor that has a universal appeal. Newspaper is my medium of choice because it gives a raw, imperfect, ephemeral quality that reminds us that we are only here on this earth for a short while

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 96 inches
  • Medium: wood, wire, newspaper, tape, glue, matte medium, uv matte varnish
  • Width: 120 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 64 inches