Sunday, September 24, 2017


By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
"The Martyr" (2014) by John Hooker
John Hooker has a way with sculpture. We’re calling him emotional, an artist that carves surfaces and contours with a high impact on the viewer. He is one of 17 contemporary sculptors featured in the ArtPrize Nine exhibition titled “Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition” in Grand Rapids, MI. Hooker’s "The Martyr" is constructed of foam and arrows, but his works are sometimes comical blobs or blocks of wood. It is inspired by Saint Sebastian, the subject of generations of artists. Hooker explores this religious story in the tradition of Auguste Rodin, and like Rodin, he created his sculpture as if he’d been a witness to the event. "The Martyr" is on view at the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids through January 2018.

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THE MARTYR foam, arrows
UNTITLED (purple) foam, steel
BIG BOY digital print