Echoes Rising, 2017
• carrara calacatta marble
• 9″H x 22″W x 15″D (23cm H x 56cm W x 38cm D)
• private collection, Vancouver, BC, Canada
“Echoes Rising” is carved from a piece of calacatta marble that was quarried in the mountains above the famous town of Carrara, Italy. The piece is actually the base that “Enja” sat on for many years before Michael Binkley deaccessioned the sculpture in 2015. After smashing the sculpture, Binkley cut the various pieces up and repurposed them into new sculptures. This piece was the remaining raw block at the bottom of the “Enja” sculpture showing what she was carved from.
The marble has a creamy white background, with strong striations of grey blue veining. There are also pale caramel striations evident in the convex curved portion of the sculpture. The veining gives the illusion of lightning and Binkley has let this feature of the stone take centre stage for the viewer’s attention. This is why he chose to create a very abstract form from the marble.
The title refers to the two opposing concave surfaces that seem to echo each other. The high ridge-like feature at the top of the sculpture can be interpreted as a wave, or a fin, or a rudder. These surfaces oppose the large convex surface at one end and opposite this is a low, deck-like surface that emulates a boat transom. The underside is gently curved and Binkley has balanced the sculpture so that it will rotate on its belly without walking. This single point of contact with the ground gives a sense of lightness to this ~75 pound sculpture!
One can possibly see an alien space ship, an aquatic animal or a mysterious seed pod in this abstract piece. What do you see?
This sculpture is being represented by
Le Soleil Fine Art Gallery
100 – 535 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
+1 604 565-2424