Brad Pitt receives high praise for his first sculptures in Finland – 71Bait

Brad Pitt, the award-winning actor, producer and humanitarian, can now add sculptor to his ever-growing list of successful careers. On September 19, 2022, he presented nine of his works at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland.

Pitt has garnered praise from even his biggest doubters. British art critic Jonathan Jones stated: “Amazingly, Brad Pitt turns out to be a very fine sculptor”, and he has “steered the embarrassment of celebrity art to reveal what are, by any measure, powerful, worthwhile works”.

One of the actor’s plays entitled When I aimed at you, I saw myself, but this time it was too late, is a large plasterboard depicting a shootout between eight figures. “For me, it’s about self-reflection,” he said. “It’s about where I’ve gone wrong in my relationships, where I’ve made a mistake, where I’m complicit. For me, it came from owning what I call a radical inventory of self, to be really brutally honest with myself and to consider those I may have hurt, moments when I’m just plain wrong.”

The “radical inventory of the self” and his life continues with other works, such as a large copper coffin-like piece full of dismembered people, and a life-size sculpture of a man with his head in a vise.

Other sculptures by the actor have a sense of internal pain and reflection. For example, Pitt explores the idea of ​​structure and the fragility of the home, perhaps in relation to his 2016 divorce from Angelina Jolie and his loss of custody of his children. Pitt’s very first sculpture, House a Go Go, is a piece of scrap wood and duct tape. Another row of silicone houses is riddled with bullets of different strengths, with the path of each bullet being clearly defined.

Pitt’s artwork was shown by his friends, British artist Thomas Houseago and musician Nick Cave. “For Nick and I,” he shared, “this is a new world and our first entry. It just feels right.” The “largely self-taught” Pitt was not initially announced as part of the exhibition, which chief curator Saranne Soikkonen describes as “in that sense…exciting and wonderful”.

Cave and Pitt created their works “in dialogue with” Houseago, who has practiced and is known for his sculptures for over three decades. Due to the pandemic and events in Houseago’s personal life, Houseago decided to include Cave and Pitt in the exhibition, which was originally designed just for his work. Houseago said in a statement: “I’m not a me. I am a WE!”

The exhibition WEfeaturing works by Houseago, Cave and Pitt, will be on view at the Sara Hildén Art Museum until January 15, 2023.

Brad Pitt can now add sculptor to his growing list of successful careers. Together with his friends Thomas Houseago and Nick Cave, he exhibited nine of his works at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Finland.

One of the actor’s plays, When I aimed at you, I saw myself, but this time it was too lateis a large plaster relief depicting a shootout between eight figures.

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The actor describes his plays as “born from possessing what I call a radical inventory of the self, getting really brutally honest with me and considering those I may have hurt, moments where I’m just plain wrong.” “

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These themes seem to be explored congruently with the idea of ​​the structure and fragility of home. A series of house-shaped silicon structures are interspersed with bullets of varying strengths, with the path of each bullet being clearly defined.

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Another of Pitt’s works shows dismembered bodies in a large coffin-like piece of copper.

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Pitt’s very first sculpture House A Go Goconsisting of scraps of wood held together with adhesive tape can also be seen.

The exhibition titled WEwill be on view until January 15, 2023.

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h/d: [The Guardian]

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