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Bernard Hallstein
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Red Hook



ARTIST STATEMENT: I attended Pratt Institute and graduated with a degree in Painting. My work after school became sculptures carved from wood and inspired by Hopi Kachina dolls, West African sculptures, and Constantin Brancusi. They were small and positioned on tables or pedestals with kinetic movements initiated by the viewer. Later works became free standing and larger, inspired by the religious wood-carved figures in the churches and museums Iíve visited in Mexico, South America and in the United States.
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  • As Above, As Below
    2015
    Photography
    Juxtaposed photographs with the camera aimed up with corresponding ones that are aimed down. There are 50 groupings in this series.

  • The Answer of the Sea
    2014
    Wood, plexiglass, sand, glass, fishing hooks

  • sea_saw
    2010
    water, wood, scratchboard, ink, fishing hook
    Seascape submerged in water, hanging by a fishing hook, framed in wood, and photographed by the sea.

  • Happy Birthday Marcel
    2013
    Bicycle wheel, stool, lock

  • "untitled"
    2000
    wood, lead, wrench, necklace, school ring, hand-cuffs, gyroscope, lock, scissor, and architects curve
    A collision of carved archetypal symbols (chalice, crown, egg, sword, and arrow) held from the ceiling by manufactured objects painted red (wrench, necklace, school ring, hand-cuffs, gyroscope, lock,

  • Psychopomp
    2007/2009
    wood, oil can, rose petals, guitar parts, candle, plexiglass, beads

  • Unicycle: Made-ready
    2003
    wood, tarot card

  • The King and I
    1996
    wood, gold leaf, belgian linen, wax, gears, chain, saw blades
    In this piece the viewer gets to be a part of the art work. By pedaling, they activate the legs of the carved King figure and view him through the fine art convention of a gilt frame. Other people vie

  • In the Kingdom of the Blind, the one-eyed Man is King
    1992
    Wood, prosthetic eye, lights, spring

  • Golden Stilts
    1993
    wood, motor, lights, Human hair
    A naked, hairy man stands precariously on golden stilts. One stilt is carved with images of buildings, baby bottles, a folded flag, coins, and a leg bone. The other has abstract forms. Unfortunately,

  • Fragile Body
    1991
    Wood, electric motor, castors
 








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