Artist’s Statement

Artist’s Statement

Todji at work

Todji Kurtzman Sculpture LLC is a family team that consists of a master sculptor, a senior architect, bronze foundry associates, and administration. We offer my 30 years of professional sculpture experience, along with my father’s 55 years of licensed architecture experience as principle of his own firm Kenneth Kurtzman Architects and Planners LLC, with arts administration by my wife Gisele Araujo.

My sculptures are created from inspiration, discipline, and an international journey of self- realization. I have learned about my own sculptures from the public at exhibitions across the county over the years.  I encourage everyone to create their own interpretation when experiencing my work, and my wish is that my art support everyone in growing their own creativity in service to making the world a more beautiful place for everyone.

My understanding of my own work continues to develop long after I have created the work.  In intellectual terms, our eyes help us to estimate the size and distance of objects by making far away objects look smaller and close objects look bigger. Just as a skyscraper appears to be narrower at the top, or a parent appears to have a little head and enormous legs to a small child; my sculptures give physical form to the ocular phenomenon that happens between the eye and the brain when we view singular objects that are both close and far away.

On another level, the exaggerated proportions of my sculpture give physical form to the image that the brain “sees” of our bodies when one has ”lost oneself” in concentrated movement. At peak moments one’s body disappears and the appendage of focus becomes ”enormous” in the mind’s eye.

Michelangelo sculpted David with a slight “forced perspective”, making the head and shoulders of the monument proportionally bigger so that it would appear to have correct proportions when seen from below.  Sculptors throughout the ages have employed this forced perspective technique.

In my work, I apply a signature interpretation to this age old technique, executing it with the opposite intent to create an illusion of great height.

Todji Kurtzman Sculpture produces public art sculpture for cities, developers and private collectors on a commission basis.  We collaborate with our stakeholders to fulfill project objectives, and we aim to inspire communities for countless generations with monumental bronze or stainless steel sculpture. Our bronze monuments have a potential 4000 year longevity, and we prioritize delivery on time, on budget, with a timeless work of unique and accessible sculpture.

My existing bronze sculpture designs are available, and I also create one of a kind site specific designs.  The site specific conceptual designs that I develop for public sculpture monuments are rooted in the research I conduct into local history, can include community participation in the present, and I draw on universal wisdom to serve the future.

I use traditional hand sculpting techniques combined with state of the art 3D sculpting, 3D drafting, and 3D printing for a smooth digital interface with other design professionals.

I have produced the creative concepts, sculpture, drafting, construction documents, fabrication, engineering, installation, community participation, and all other aspects of the practice for eighteen bronze monuments since 2006.

I work in the mediums of bronze, stainless steel and consciousness. My sculpting style is iconic, highly recognizable, and I invite you to cultivate your own singing winged heart, whether it be a work of inspired art, inspired business, or a work of inspired whatever, that makes the world a better place for everyone!

Thank you for your interest in my work!
Love and health to you and all,

Todji

 

 

 

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