De Wain Valentine

I am big fan of reflection, refraction and transparent since I believe those represent water and sky or the world. One day I came across this artist who makes minimal sculptures with fiberglass, I was pleased to discover him and since we share something similar, and since then I have been digging his work. The artist is De Wain Valentine.

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Valentine was an early pioneer of using industrial plastics and resin to produce monumental sculptures that reflect and distort the light and space that surround them. The mystery of the installation of the “Circles” is part of Valentine’s impact—they are beautiful because they are sometimes tough to suss out mentally. For Valentine, these works verge on having supernatural power. Inspired by the Hawaiian sea and sky (Valentine works out of Venice, California, and Hawaii), they “were like big pieces of atmosphere—like if I had a magic saw that could take big pieces of the sky and the ocean,” he said. “I love this, and I want to objectify to it in some way. Polyester resin allowed me to objectify this, to put it out in a solid form.”

Aside from developing pieces conceptually, Valentine surprises me with his study in plastic technology. For the purpose of anti-aging and larger scale for his work, Valentine was working with a chemical engineer from PPG industries named Ed Revay and discovered an unique material called Valentine MasKast Resin, which would allow artist to create larger pieces that can go far beyond the 50 pounds limit that was once restricted. This really links to what Valentine states:”As a maniac-kid artist, I always wanted to do things bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger.” Which I believe being able to scale up really means more potential to create pieces that are inspired by the ocean, sky and supernatural power.

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