“It does not matter what stage of evolution humans are in, they always carry a frown, are never happy, and always wanna more.”
In 2007 Stefan Shimovitz and Miguel Macedo Basto de Carvalho had a production company that would support artists in producing new art works. Unfortunately, their business fell apart a few years later, but at this time, it was great; they had incredible production possibilities in china. I decided to create large marble sculptures – the Humans. After back and forward with their team, we designed the sculptures’ final form, including the bronze parts. Once we finished this process, they made clay mockups from the drawings. I flew to Lisbon and made the last changes. After that, those tiny humans were sent off to China to make them human-sized out of Carrara marble. And also to cast all the bronze parts. At that time, I had a solo show planned at the Migros Museum in Zuerich, Switzerland. The plan was that the brand new sculptures arrive a few days before the opening. I was thrilled when I saw six crates arriving in a truck one day before the show opened. That was great; only they send twice the same sculpture! We decided to leave the double in its crate, which worked well since the show’s structure was built with shipping crates. It looked like a conceptual part of the show. A few days later, the missing sculpture arrived, and we exchanged them.
The Humans are an Edition of 3 and made out of Carrara marble and cast bronze. After the Migros Museum, they went to Denmark for a group show at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg; after that, they floated over the Atlantic in a boat to New York City. For a group exhibition at City Hall Park organized by the Public Art Fund. After that, they came to Upstate New York, sitting in front of my studio. Still there, and I enjoy them every day!
2016, I produced a small clay version of The Humans, called Small Humans.