Shoulders of Giants

Benchmark (C.M. Russell, 1824-1926) by David K. Klarén. Graphite on Arches Cover, 2011, 68 x 52.5″

Shoulders of Giants features large scale graphite works by Pinedale artist David K. Klarén. These large pieces seem to float on the wall, as they are unframed and the hanging system is invisible to the viewer. Based on iconic images from pre-history to the present, these images pay homage to the many influences on any artist. The exhibition includes some sculptural pieces, including one based on the Venus of Willendorf, carved from wood and covered in a shining layer of graphite. The Venus, and indeed all the artworks in the exhibition, is on a much larger scale than the original piece. Additionally, the original Venus is smooth, while Klarén’s version is gorgeously accented by the wood grain. This stunning show is a must see!

An image of the show on display with Venus (Willendorf, Austria, 23,000 BCE) in the foreground. Other sculptures behind and to the left, Saqqara Bird (Saqqara, Egypt, 2000 BCE) and Stargazer (Cycladic, 5000 BCE). Drawings include Essence (Deborah Butterfield 1999) and Document (Altamira, Spain 34,000 BCE). Both drawings are graphite on Arches Cover. All artwork by David K. Klarén. Sculptures are wood and graphite; drawings are graphite on Arches Cover.