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They look like the real thing – a violin, a hammer, a telephone, a chair, a human skull. But they’re deformed in seemingly impossible ways – twisted, elongated, transformed. They are the work of American artist Robert Lazzarini (born 1965), whose art merges extreme realism with extreme distortion.
Lazzarini recreates familiar objects to scale out of their original materials, while making them look bizarrely different. A Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibition of his work will be on view in Richmond from Oct. 25, 2003 to Jan. 4, 2004. This will be the first one-person museum exhibition of Lazzarini’s sculptures and will feature his major sculptures from 1997 to the present.
“In some ways, they are like visual puzzles – challenging, but at the same time extremely beautiful,” says Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Director Dr. Michael Brand. (right: “skull (ii),” 2000, by Robert Lazzarini (American, b. 1965) is made of resin, bone and pigment and measures19 by 3 by 4 inches. It was made in an edition of six plus two artist’s copies. Photo by Jeffrey Chong, © 2003 Robert Lazzarini)