Art: Sculpture

Thief

Blake Ketchum. Hydrocal 2011.
Thief by Dr. Blake Ketchum. 2011. Lifesize.

This sculpture was inspired by passages from Robert Wright's book, Nonzero. Wright describes bands of nomadic herding tribes that would steal grain, the fruits of culture,  from established agricultural centers in the early eras of civilization.

When hung in a gallery, Thief represents not only these grain thieves, but also the anti-aesthetic in art today. His blind eye is a reflection of his ignorance of the consequences of his actions and blindness to beauty.

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Hydrogen

Part 1 of a series of sculptures about elements
Hydrogen by Blake Ketchum 2011

Elements interact with each other through forces that attract and repulse. The relations are controlled by rules that influence the geometry and properties of groups of atoms, or molecules. The relationships among atoms bears resemblance to social interactions among people in some ways. This series explores those parallels in a way that I hope is accessible and a little but fun.

Read the Artist Statement about the Chemical Series.

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Extinction

Forensic reconstruction of a Neanderthal
Extinction by Dr. Blake Ketchum. Cast Stone. 30cm tall.

This portrait is a faithful forensic reconstruction of a Neanderthal individual. A model of the Forbes Quarry cranium was used as the foundation for the sculpture. You can see a progressive development of the sculpture here. I used the Manchester Method of forensic reconstruction, which relies more upon anatomical geometry than tissue depth, which is not available for Neanderthals, of course.

This sculpture has been shown widely at competition in international online exhibits and in galleries in NYC and throughout the North Eastern US. A cast is a part of the permanent collection of the Earth and Mineral Science Museum of Penn State University..

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