Human Element is a project that explores the influence material has upon the human condition and how our consciousness is derived from our relationship with materials. By using cement and anchoring forms to stone, I want to create a sense of familiarity and comfort. Through the manipulation of form, balance, and texture, I want my sculptures to convey a feeling of unease and tension which communicates our relationship with materials and our dependency on the environment.
For these sculptures I developed a sand casting technique that allows me to easily cast cement onto organic forms buried beneath the sand. After the cement cures the two materials are locked together and the object is then dug out by hand.
Granite and hydrostone
50 x 70 x 65 cm
For me to reform is to... Eliminate preconceived notions of what material is expected to be.
Multidisciplinary artist Collin Townsend Velkoff (US) works primarily in sculpture and furniture design. His process focuses on material experimentation and how the relationship between form and material can influence perception. The process of how his objects are created is a critical aspect of his narrative. He received his bachelor from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and his Masters from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. He is now based in Nuremberg, Germany and has just completed an artist residency in Jingdezhen, China. His first solo exhibition will be at Galleria Huuto this fall in Helsinki.