'Visitor 2' by David Breuer-Weil | Sotheby's, Chatsworth House

16 September 2011

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David Breuer-Weil has a monumental bronze sculpture included in Beyond Limits 2011, the exhibition organised by Sotheby's and staged at Chatsworth House. The exhibition opens on 16th September and continues until 30th October.

In Visitor 2 Breuer-Weil presents a giant human form that has landed on the earth from a very great height, an alien or fallen angel. This piece dramatises the connection between heaven and earth in a powerful manner. Having emerged from the skies and landed on earth Visitor 2 is at the opposite extreme to Visitor (shown at Beyond Limits last year) a giant head emerging from beneath a pond. The simplicity and iconic power of both Visitor and Visitor 2 is achieved by Breuer-Weil's masterful use of part of the human form to suggest a very much larger human presence. As the artists explains, "You can achieve great monumentality by showing the viewer only the tip of the iceberg and allowing the viewer's imagination to do most of the work."

"With Visitor 2 I wanted to create a piece with the timeless simplicity of the Avebury Stones or Stonehenge, but infused with humanity and dynamism, and with a sense of the mystical and primeval. There may exist an extra-terrestrial race of aliens identical to us in all ways but scale. I love the idea that one such being might suddenly and unexpectedly have landed on earth, a similar shock to seeing a large fish or a whale washed up on the shore. But at the same time I always loved Dante's fallen angel. In many ways every human being is a fallen angel. At the same time I have this idea of the absurdity of the human condition, a Monty Python-like surreal sense of humor that is part of the way I view reality."

Breuer-Weil engages with the raw physicality of his chosen medium, sculpting in clay for bronze and the surfaces have a rich textured appearance. Whilst the images in his sculptures relate closely to his paintings, he also revels in the process of working in clay in a painterly fashion. In an interview with James Hyman, in which Breuer-Weil discussed Lucian Freud's alchemical desire that paint should become flesh, he commented, "I find that sculpting in clay is in some ways more like painting than painting itself… I am definitely aware of the rich history and symbolism of making figures out of the earth, out of clay, because according to most ancient sources, notably the Bible, the first man was literally made out of earth and in fact the very word Adam means earth: there is the almost alchemical idea that when you use paint or clay you are creating a life force." (Quoted in Monica Bohn Duchen, David Breuer-Weil: Radical Visionary, Milan, 2011, p. 353).

Selected Press

Culture 24, 17 Oct 2011

The Telegraph, 12 Sept 2011

il Post, Italy, 12 Sept 2011

Art and Architecture Journal Press, 6 Sept 2011