An imposing animal, the elephant is a paradoxical symbol. Whispered in the wild, his charges can be of great violence. Domesticated, it conveys an image of tenderness, longevity, intelligence and wisdom. The inclination of his trunk responds to his long defenses erected in front.
Timeless imperialism, the eagle takes flight. The taut lines of the head, at the base of the wings, emphasize the harmonious torsion of the body. Attribute of Jupiter, badge of the Roman army, imperial symbol, emblem of the United States, alone, the eagle would be able to fix the sun! Evocative of power, beauty, prestige, the eagle also symbolizes cruelty and pride. Once again, the sculptor uses animal metamorphosis to express the ambivalence of our instincts. I imagined it as a flying warrior with fighter jet wings. Ready to fly, he symbolizes freedom?
Ready to fight violently or start a dance step? This standing bear plays with the paradoxes of our imagination. At the comforting softness of the teddy bear is superimposed the fear of the wild plantigrade. His moving body and intense expression express ferocity and tenderness, strength and vulnerability, clumsy heaviness and grace.
The crocodile is a flagship work of Richard Orlinski. It is the perfect representation of the wild animal that has adapted to its environment. Having survived both natural disasters and glaciations (unlike dinosaurs), it is a symbol of survivability. Despite their very different anatomy of each other, man and crocodile share the reptilian brain, one of the three brains of man. A brain without memory governed by innate reeds, seat of our impulses of violence. For this achievement, Orlinski worked for more than two years on the proportions of the animal. Proportions that end up imposing themselves with obviousness, conferring on the sculpture a vitality? Truer than nature ?
Michelangelo’s David has fascinated Richard Orlinski since his childhood. Interpret the interest because it allows him to understand the evolution of the canons of beauty and virility. The position is identical to Michelangelo’s model and the gaze is also determined, but the bodybuilded torso reveals an exacerbated musculature, reinforced by the play of the reeds of aluminum.
Orlinski partly dresses his sculpture, because the archetype of virility is no longer expressed in nudity. A D & G (Dolce & Gabbana) branded hold is a humorous reference to David’s victory over Goliath. It is partly covered by unbuttoned jeans that reinforces the suggestion of virility.
Mark and Paul Cumming’s intention is to create phenomenological experiences, with an interest for the occult, mysticism, technology and zeitgeist. The subject of transcendence is critical to their work and its relationship to contemporary culture. They produce artworks namely sculptures and audio-visual performances too – being multidisciplinary they utilize any medium that suits the project best.
The ferocity of this dinosaur did not prevent its extinction, but T-Rex always arouses the fascination of men, and especially that of children. Because of his violence? This is the question raised by the sculptor by integrating it into his bestiary.
Benevolent under a threatening air, Richard Orlinski’s dragon has its origin in Chinese bestiary. Featuring a ridge on the top of the head that allows it to fly, it controls rains and winds. Ready to pounce, his body ripples like a snake. Its facets interlocked with each other underline its movement
Escaping the control of men, the wolf has trained their irrational fear. Archetype of the wild animal loving freedom, he howls to the moon. Richard Orlinski pays tribute to the nobility of this animal.
Powerful, violent, racy, the shark gushes to the surface to split the air. As the ultimate aquatic predator, by extricating himself from the waters, he shows his domination over the whole of his environment.
Gently, the mandible of the hippopotamus reveres its calm nature whose essential effort consists in yawning, as well as the threatening attitude of a leader who demands a perfect submission. Round forms and apparent canines, Richard Orlinski accentuates the duality of this animal.
Mouth open on scary fangs, the resin gorilla self-proclaims invincible by hammering his chest with his fists mena? Ants. Reinterpreting the fantastic creature of King Kong, Richard Orlinski asks us about our archaic fears about our animality. But the ferocious beast is capable of tenderness. So where is the barbarism? On the side of the animal or the modern civilization that kills him at the top of his skyscraper?
The wolf haunts our archaic fears, he embodies our carnivorous instincts. To tame his wild nature, Richard Orlinski the faceted waist, increases these on the neck and the tail to magnify the thickness of his fur. The sculptor testifies to the ambivalence of the myth: is the wolf in a position of attack or defense?