In a group exhibition at Tampere, Finland’s Sara Hildén Art Museum, Brad Pitt made his sculpture debut. The works of the A-List actor are included in the “We” show, which runs until January 15, 2023, along with those of the musician Nick Cave and the artist Thomas Houseago.
Among the nine pieces by Pitt on display are “House A Go Go,” his debut sculpture, from 2017, an 18-inch miniature house made of tree bark and shod with tape, and a house-shaped structure made of clear silicon and fired with bullets.
The two largest pieces are the plaster wall-hanging sculpture “Aiming At You I Saw Me But It Was Too Late This Time,” from 2020, which shows an eight-figure gunfight, and a coffin-sized bronze box with hands, feet, and faces trying to break through the structure at various angles.
Following his contentious 2017 divorce from actress Angelina Jolie, the “Bullet Train” star reportedly started creating ceramic artwork.
At the opening of the exhibition, Pitt discussed his artistic turn in an interview with the Finnish journal Yle “For me, it’s all about introspection. It originated from taking ownership of what I refer to as a “radical inventory of the self.”
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And being brutally honest with me, considering the people I may have harmed and the times I’ve simply erred.”
The American visual and performance artist of the same name, Nick Cave, is not to be confused with the Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave. According to a press release, Nick Cave presents “glazed ceramic figurines depicting the life of Satan in 17 stations, from innocence through experience into a confrontation with our mortality.”
It is Cave’s first significant piece of visual work, “The Devil: A Life.” Between 2020 and 2022, Cave in England individually hand-crafted, painted, and glazed 17 works totaling between 6 and 19.5 inches tall.
The series makes aesthetic reference to the artist’s collection of Victorian Staffordshire Flatback figurines. These pieces were created in collaboration with the vastly more skilled Houseago by both young sculptors. The British artist displayed their work in the Whitney Biennial in 2010 after over three decades of practice.
Houseago, who is more known as a sculptor, exhibits some paintings in Tampere. He has recently started experimenting with this new medium.
The artworks are from his expansive “Visions” series, which was created outdoors and was influenced by European symbolists like Edvard Munch of Norway.
In addition, he exhibits brand-new plaster and redwood sculptures that he created in reaction to pieces in the Sara Hildén Foundation’s collection, like Alberto Giacometti’s “Woman on a Chariot” from 1943 to 1962.
Houseago stated in the news release that he had decided to put on a show with Cave and Pitt in collaboration: “I do not exist. I’m a WE!”
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