JIM OLARTE | Relics
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Relics sculpture by Southern California artist Jim Olarte from his Continental Drift series. Constructed using fiberglass from the remains of shipwrecked boats accumulated over a six year period from the shores near his Laguna Beach home. The textures and shapes evolved solely from years in the ocean, it's tides pounding the pieces against sand and rock resulting in unique organic forms.
Fiberglass and Steel, 2014
14.5 x 36.5
A self-described “beach person,” Olarte is drawn irresistibly to tide pools; he recognizes in every one a perfectly contained world constructed by the vagaries of water and rock. Inspired by this microcosmic significance, he frequently incorporates into his artwork the detritus he has lovingly collected on beaches over the course of years. Detritus has become the central concept upon which several of his series are based. In his hands these sea-salvaged objects become the aquatic artifacts that characterize his hanging sculptures. Each piece, whether a delicate shard of seashell or a fragment of beach & rock-tumbled fiberglass from a shipwrecked boat, is treated with respect, as coequal elements of an infinity of integrated life cycles.
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