"Dew Drops, part of Szabo's new Ephemeral Nature Series of sculptures
are impossible not to touch, like shiny color-coated candies, these layers upon layers of polished resin are reminiscent of the work of Jeff Koons or Anish Kapoor, yet unique in how they capture something ephemeral from nature. Imagine a contemporary nod to
Biomorphic or Organic Abstraction; beautiful, seductive, sensuous."
-- Saatchi Art
SZABO'S NEW "DEW DROP" SCULPTURES PART OF "EPHEMERAL NATURE SERIES"; CAPTIVATE, SEDUCE
John Szabo's organic, geometric, abstract sculptures are inspired from his interaction with nature; ocean waves, sand dunes, waterfalls, countless hours hiking in northern California's Muir Woods and southern California's Crystal Cove coastline, studying subjects such as dew drops on a morning leaf.
Eschewing the over intellectualization of his work he believes any meaning or interpretation of his sculptures are dependent upon the personal life experiences of the viewer. "It's pretentious and misguided for an artist to assume what kind of connection or experience a viewer will have with a work of art," he explained.
When discussing the meaning of art Szabo prefers a quote from Leo Tolstoy's essay "What is Art?" published in 1896 which declared art "one of the conditions of human life." Tolstoy continued: "Art causes the receiver to enter into a certain kind of relationship with the artist based on the feeling and experiencing of an emotion."
Standing before a large blue polished dew drop the viewer reacts to seeing their visage in the highly reflective surface followed by an overwhelming urge to touch the glossy, highly polished surface.
His sculptures have been described in form and style as Biomorphic Abstraction, (also referred to as Organic Abstraction) a term that describes abstract forms found in nature, most commonly associated with British sculptors Henry Moore (1898-1986) and Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) as well as Japanese artist Isamu Noguchi (1904-88).
Szabo's work represents a more modern, contemporary interpretation finished in a highly, polished and reflective monochromatic color scheme, reminiscent of the Finish Fetish, and Light and Space art movements, dominant in Southern California in the 1960's and popular with a new generation of artists today.
While reminiscent of modern sculptors Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons and Cosimo Cavallaro, Szabo's work resonates with a pure organic energy, inviting the viewer to ponder, meditate and become lost within the nature from which the artist was inspired.
The first sculptures in the "Ephemeral Nature" series are titled "Dew
Drops" inspired by dew drops observed and photographed on early morning walks in Crystal Cove, a rustic nature preserve overlooking the Pacific Ocean, near Szabo's home in Newport Beach.
Szabo creates the original sculpture in clay from which a mold is made for reproduction in a myriad of colors. The completed sculptures are made of museum archival quality environmentally-friendly green materials including polyurethane fibers, styrene, and multiple coats of bio-resin polished to a perfect, glossy finish.
Multiple coats of resin, meticulously and laboriously sanded between each layer, are applied. Szabo alternates between monochromatic brightly colored and silver, gold and various metallic finishes using also iridescent and interference paints that change depending upon light source and viewing angle.
Szabo strives to have his sculptures capture the ephemeral and communicate something expressed by one of his favorite poets, Wiliam Blake (1757-1827) in his poem Arguries of Innocence.
"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour."