Seaman (the drowned sculpture)

About Bruce Gagnier

“Clay can be molded to another identity, made into an illusion through light,” says Bruce Gagnier of his sculptural medium of choice. “The figure has a history of being a form of content, a container for a subject.” In disquieting small-scale sculptures, Gagnier consistently returns to the human figure as central subject, molded first in clay and then cast in hydrocal or stoneware. His work relates to a larger history of figural sculpture by borrowing poses from Classical Greek and Roman sculpture, but presents these ironically on bulbous, mis-proportioned, and off-balance bodies. Gagnier’s exploration of the grotesque human body through breaking down and exaggerating its forms is inspired by Cubism and other forms of early modernist abstraction.

American, b. 1941, Williamstown, Massachusetts