Star and Cloud

1999
Aluminium
130 x 130 x 140 cm
Edition of 3

In this sculpture Star and Cloud; both of the heavens, both formed by gasses and moisture yet visually different, are brought together. A star becomes substantial after time, whereas a cloud remains insubstantial, dissolving and ever changing. A cloud is within reach, a star so distant that we should never gain it in a thousand lifetimes. In this simple alignment Gernand has achieved a marriage of opposites. The star and cloud forms are separate yet they combine in the universe of this sculpture, wrapping and interlocking - and where negative space exists, our eye participates to fill the gap. Gernand realised this complex imagery with the aid of a computer, as the layered quality of the sculpture suggests. This is a lyrical, romantic sculpture realised in a light metal. In Star and Cloud Gernand has achieved mass, but with the indication of lightness through his use of aluminium. Since his earlier, abstract pieces that were on a more digestable scale, he has taken his work in a direction that requires a different interaction from us. The lightness and volume remain, but the scale is much larger. Gernand's earlier imagery represented a kind of vulnerability, but this is not the case with Star and Cloud. The contrast between the sharp lines of the star and the soft, enveloping cloud is underlined where they almost connect, just as day merges into night and night into day. In this sculpture elements which are distant yet familiar combine and contrast poetically.

Share:

About The Artist

The scale of Bruce Gernand's sculptures relate to the human body as a form that you can measure yourself against or encircle with your arms. There is a preoccupation with juxtapositions within Gernand's work; with surface and inner shape, with organic and technological references, with setting up propositions within the work and dismantling them. Gernand exploits the characteristics of the materials and processes he uses, to the extent that these become the subject(s) of his sculptures. Since 1998 Gernand has been involved with 3D computer modelling and much of his work expresses the relationship of the digital/virtual and its embodiment in sculpture. Paradoxically, the use of digital technology has opened up the work to narrative structure and figuration.

‘Star and Cloud’ is currently on display

Download artwork info (PDF)
Visiting Information

Bruce Gernand

Born: 1949

Other Artworks by Bruce Gernand at CASS

Related content

Related content

Sculpture

Star and Cloud