VICTOR CICANSKY, R.C.A.
FIRST FOOTHILLS PEARS, 2002
painted bronze, acrylic, laquer, wax, glass top
including glass 19 ins x 55 ins x 31.5 ins; 139.7 cms x 47 cms x 80 cms
Victor Cicansky (b.1935) is a sculptor who is characterised by his wryly playful contrasts of materials and subject. This sculpture is a defining example of his approach, straddling the boundaries between the natural and the constructed, density and weightlessness, sculptural art object and functional tool. Here, solid bronze is strung out and striated into a tangle of branches and leaves. Painted ripe pears and a bird’s nest complete the illusion of a tableau that has been excised from the tree tops and literally grounded. Above the knotted branches, the glass table seems to float - a cushion of air, perhaps, or a near-invisible border hinting at the imaginary canopy extending above.
Hovering on the margins of reality, Cicansky presents a dreamy and whimsical take on the natural world, rendering it both near-at-hand and fantastic.
Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
Department: Canadian Fine Art