Each measures 6' x 2' x 2' and weighs approximately 1,000 lbs. The three sculpture pieces you are considering are titled A Novella of Angels. This series was done in 1990 for an exhibition at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.
They have since been in our private home collection for the last sixteen years. They have drawn many rave reviews for their eye-catching and unique simplicity, artful design, poignant meaning and strength of presentation.
They are suitable for indoor or outdoor display at commercial buildings, museums, galleries or a prestigious home collection. Be Gardiner developed the split torso forms to give the impression of being out on an archeological dig, discovering a figure, dusting it off and seeing that it is somewhat broken.The split torsos were a great breakthrough for Be in demonstrating the power and strength in the ripping apart of various things in the world. "A Novella of Angels" demonstrates this forceful energy in the tearing apart of the male/female world. The split-torso trio consists of one male, one female, and one androgynous form. The plaque that described the "Novella of Angels" while on display at Appalachian State University read: Masculine and feminine, sensuousness and geometry, separation and union, the genesis and termination, polarities that are of each other combining to yield not dissolution but fruition. The Hebrew Zohar says,'Each soul and spirit prior to its entering into this world, consists of a male and female united into one being.
When it descends on this earth the two parts separate and animate two different bodies. Be Gardiner's ideas were contemporary, but his techniques and some imagery were classical. He studied extensively in Carrara, Italy under the masters of stone carving in the heart of the best, most pristine white marble quarries in the world. This training and experience gave him the complete technical abilities and skills to convey the images that he desired to portray. Carving was the way that he could see things and the process drew him into each project every time.During one of his stays in Italy, he visited Manuel Neri's studio, and, while there, for the first time he saw stones as alive and that this was an end that he could work towards as well. In creating each piece, Be gives some sense of history and retains marks of the quarry that are on the marble. His most important goal is that his work be "transcendent" and evoke a strong emotional response rather than a mere academic acknowledgement that is just some kind of formalistic investigation into texture and shape. He desires that the person be radically different after seeing his work. Art that can change the way the person was that saw it.
" One art critic stated, "There is good art and bad art. Be Gardiner's work is Good Art.
In a world of copy-cat art and reproductions, these are the true works of a gifted artisan. Artistic reviews and comments from his contemporaries on the pieces include. Anton Weiss, well-known artist and art educator, describes one of these "Angels" as the finest piece of stone sculpture he has seen. Catherine Fox in an August 24, 1990, review titles Be Gardiner's work as a Clashing Counterpoint to Classicism.
Tom Patterson in an October 25, 1992, review says Gardiner's works are Classical not outdated. Be Gardiner is a well-known and respected artist in the southern United States. Due to arthritic conditions, he is no longer able to sculpt. This has greatly increased the value of his existing work.The item "Hand-carved, Life-sized Carrara Marble Sculpture Trio" is in sale since Sunday, February 10, 2013. This item is in the category "Art\Art Sculptures".
The seller is "ljgooch" and is located in Loomis, California. This item can be shipped to United States.