SCULPTURES, BEASTS AND ANIMISM
AJ Fosik creates sculptures of wood and found materials with an irresistible uncanny aura. In a process of arranging hundreds of individually cut, varnished, and painted pieces, he handcrafts artificial creatures, reduced and abstract animals with an anthropomorphic appearance. Familiar cultural icons and traditions are re-configured, confronting the viewer with cryptic symbols from overlapping sources. In his lecture at the Pictoplasma Conference 2009, he talks about the familiar and the uncanny, nature and culture, and the relationship of art and viewer…
7 minute edit of AJ Fosik’s lecture at the Pictoplasma Conference 2009
Since its inception in 1999, Pictoplasma serves as a unique forum for a growing international scene of artists, theorists and creatives, redefining the boundaries of contemporary character representation. The main focus of the project remains firmly on the emphatic quality of images to create a direct emotional bond with the viewer, communicate globally and push anthropomorphic appeal to new limits. THE CHARACTER FILES gather thoughts, texts, essays, interviews and case studies of Pictoplasma’s ongoing research – in no particular order – while it closely accompanies the scene as it moves towards a completely new understanding of character…
…SO LET’S TALK CHARACTER!