About the Artwork
Enrico David’s “Untitled” is an unsettling example the artist’s unique anthropomorphic surrealism. Cast in bronze, the work depicts a smooth, expressive skull atop an unrefined stalk of a body. Arms and legs don’t appear to be missing but rather unformed, as if they’ve yet to emerge from the figure’s craggy, elongated torso. Originally the outcome of “gutting” another sculpture in the artist’s studio, the extraction, upon finding its natural cranial counterpart, grew from a husk into something disquietly corporeal.
This leaning work appears trapped in a state of perpetual eavesdrop and seems supported entirely by its face bolted uncomfortably to the adjacent wall. The metamorphic nature of “Untitled” is further exemplified in its materials: the patina is done to imitate the rusting of cast iron instead of conventional bronze. It will change in accordance with the surrounding climate, suggesting an inherent liminality in addition to the figure’s malformed body.
Copyright the artist; Courtesy of Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London Photo © Nick Turpin
163 x 26.5 x 19.5 cm