Pawel and Kosma Althamer
Lump Hammer, 2014
Edition of 10, accompanied by a certificate
ICA is pleased to present this special limited edition sculpture by Pawel Althamer. Althamer is known for his exploration of sculptural and environmental forms produced outside of the normal means for artistic production. His practice usually explores subjects of authorship and highlights different social situations when unexpected and rich new objects are produced by other people.
For the ICA, Pawel Althamer has cast in bronze a hammer that his son, Kosma, made from paper. The hammer is based on the weapon employed by the superhero Thor, popularised most recently in a series of Hollywood films. The original was made by his son to play with and reproduces the nuanced and detailed surface matter of the toy, which was not intended to be seen as an art object but rather an improvised aid to a child's imagination.
Althamer draws attention to the rich cultural associations of the hammer which are contained in such an object. The resulting sculpture is suggestive and produces a complex web of different meanings, from the hammer and sickle of the soviet symbol, to the German word for hammer - der Hammer - which forms part of the artists own name and identity.
This exclusive edition of 10 comes with a certificate jointly signed by Pawel Althamer and his son Kosma.
Born in 1967, Pawel Althamer is a sculptor, video, and installation artist who lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. Recent exhibitions include: Pawel Althamer, Draftsmen’s Congress, SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul (2014); Pawel Althamer, DESTE Foundation Project Space Slaughterhouse Hydra, Hydra (2014); Paweł Althamer , UCCA, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014); Paweł Althamer, Queen Mother Of Reality , Socrates Sculpture Park, New York City, NY (2014); and Paweł Althamer: The Neighbors, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY (2014).
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