JIM OLARTE | Study in Copper Wire
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Copper wire macrame wall sculpture by Southern California artist Jim Olarte. Constructed of found plastic coated copper electrical wire and barbed copper the artist uncovered near a construction site in downtown Los Angeles.
48 x 20
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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