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Dean Kugler
Embedded Slave - After Michelangelo, Sculpture Half Embedded in Clear Resin

2018

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This unique and innovative sculpture of a figure half embedded in a clear resin block showcases the creative ways Dean Kugler chooses to approach sculpting. The figure is finished in a green hue with flecks of brown rust to reference antique bronze. Here Dean Kugler is inspired by Michelangelo's Slave sculptures, in which a series of unfinished works depict the figure partially embedded in stone, thought to be left purposely unfinished to represent the human struggle to free one's self from the bonds of materiality. Dean Kugler Embedded Slave resin 23h x 6w x 8d in 58.42h x 15.24w x 20.32d cm Biography I became interested in the human form while studying kinesiology in college. I changed my major to art the last year of my schooling and finished with a BFA in sculpture and drawing from Western Illinois University. After graduation I started a design/build company and was focused on building the business and raising my kids. In 2010, I returned to painting and sculpting, eventually partnering with two friends in order to start a studio that linked our artistic spirits as well as creating an outlet where we could share that creativity. That endeavor eventually became “Bereskin Fine Art Gallery and Studio” where I started showing work. Upon returning to art, and given the type of projects that my company does, I found that I prefer to work on a monumental scale. My smaller sculptures and drawings are usually studies for larger pieces that range from 7’ to 21’ tall. Additionally, I have been in the top 25 at ARTPRIZE the last two years out of 1500 artists from all over the world. Artist statement I am an artist that focuses on the beauty I find within our species. I have always been motivated by the human figure and the intricacies associated with it. There is a shared experience between the artist and the viewer that better allows me to convey thoughts, feelings and emotions than with any other subject matter. Additionally, I try to use scale and the juxtaposition of disparate elements, in order to engage and challenge the viewer. Elements such as strength and weakness or beauty and damage can be experienced simultaneously within the same piece of work to create a tense energy. I also mix the technical skill of tight rendering with the dynamism of abstraction. It is this energy that I am looking to use to bring additional excitement and intrigue to my work. Dean Kugler (b. 1970 – )

Details

  • Artist
    Dean Kugler (1970, American)
  • Creation Year
    2018
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 24.5 in. x W 6 in. x D 6 in.H 62.23 cm x W 15.24 cm x D 15.24 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    LU55433379593
  • Seller Reference Number
    DK0030
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