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Swirling, Undefined Forms: Sculpture by Jonathan Hertzel

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Jonathan Hertzel is a sculptor and mixed media artist based in the United States. Jonathan’s sculptures are half-abstract, half-figural, often built up out of masses of swirling, undefined forms. The artist’s works, many cast in bronze, are imbued with a sense of movement and emotional intensity.

A series of sculptures by Jonathan HertzelNehushatan, First Step, Falling Man, and Signs of Life


It’s interesting to look through the works on Jonathan’s portfolio website and try to parse the individual figures. In some cases, the works appear totally abstract at first. The artist sometimes seems to title his works in such a way that gives the viewer a jumping-off point for interpretation.  

The front page of Jonathan Hertzel's art


In our previous feature of Jonathan’s human, plant and animal figures, we talked about the way the sculptures reflect the artist’s two-dimensional artworks. This remains true, even in works where Jonathan tends more toward drawing than painting. In fact, the sense of frenetic energy and movement in series like Under The Blood Moon is palpable and almost anxious – translating to sculptures that seem frozen in flight.

An abstract mixed media artwork with frantic lines and red huesDead (from series Under The Blood Moon)

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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