"My relationship with the stone is not physical, but magical."
July 22, 2019 7:13 AM   Subscribe

According to [José Manuel Castro López], stone and its properties are often mythologized in Galician culture. Inspired by this, he finds that his work is more impacted by magic than technique: “It is not the sculptor who acts, but the wizard, the druid,” he tells The Creators Project, “My relationship with the stone is not physical, but magical. It recognizes me, it obeys me…we understand each other. My stones are not lifeless. They manifest themselves.” (Vice) Stones Carved to Appear Like Wrinkled Fabrics by José Manuel Castro López (This Is Colossal). See also: Imgur gallery.
posted by filthy light thief (8 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
That first one really gave me pause and felt somehow unsettling. Thanks for the post!
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 7:45 AM on July 22, 2019

This is super cool! I should note, if any readers are two rectangular prisms of rock and recently got a stonering, keep an eye on the inflammation. If it still looks like this after a few days you should get it checked out.
posted by Jpfed at 7:53 AM on July 22, 2019 [3 favorites]

I love this! This guy knows how to collect rocks! Art is amazing stuff, at times, like now.
posted by Oyéah at 8:02 AM on July 22, 2019 [1 favorite]

How have I missed this guy all these years? These are amazing.

I would really like to know how he makes the skin-flap ones. Is he removing enormous amounts of the starting material and then somehow weathering the result? Sorcery.
posted by janell at 8:29 AM on July 22, 2019 [3 favorites]

Sorcery indeed! Those are my favorites.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:47 AM on July 22, 2019

these are indeed amazing! I draw and its sooo hard to get drapery to have that naturalistic flow using pencils, pastels etc., being able to create them out of STONE is so audacious. they are beautiful but also kinda uncanny valley.
posted by supermedusa at 8:48 AM on July 22, 2019

I really want this as a gravestone
posted by Marky at 12:44 PM on July 22, 2019 [1 favorite]

These are amazing, thanks for posting! Very uncanny/unsettling indeed. How does he do the "tears" coming out of stones? OR anything else he does...
posted by bitteschoen at 1:47 PM on July 22, 2019

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