Daniel Blom
Born in 1959 in Kimberley, South Africa. Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa; London, UK; and Kas, Turkey
Daniel Blom is a figurative sculptor and installation artist who utilises the human body as a stage for deconstructing and constructing visual form. His polymorphous sculptural figures, often more bestial, than anthropoid and devoid of arms and shoulders, reject a human verticality and instead balance one-legged on a scaffold perch, such as with Blom’s birdy (2010), or appear hunched in a horizontal mode, that is more commonly associated with predatory canids, as with wolf (2009). The white installation space, while maligned by some for its saturation of a certain ideology and fetishistic tendencies, is the favored modus operandi for Blom, who considers the minimal environment as perfectly suited to emphasising his raw, austere approach to minimalist sculpture. Materials that can be molded and manipulated, such as plastic, wood, steel, resin and fiberglass, accompany Blom’s ideals. Blom is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in London.
'Wolf', 2006. Plastic and steel. 157 x 50 x 65 cm / 61.81 x 19.69 x 25.59 in. Courtesy of the artist and ARTCO Gallery