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Giant Charred Matchstick Faces by Wolfgang Stiller

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013
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German artist Wolfgang Stiller created an installation of giant matchsticks featuring charred faces sculpted on to the end. Using pieces of lumber and head molds, the artist fabricated the pieces to seem as though the faces emerged after the match was struck and burned-out. 

The artist says, "The installation can appear like a battlefield or just like some playground where someone played around with matches and dropped them.All the heads I've used so far are from Chinese people. This sometimes leads to the assumption that this is a criticism of the Chinese government. One can read it that way, but I think this metaphor could be used for any western system as well. The matchboxes could be simply seen as formal elements within the installation, as coffins, or simply as matchboxes. I actually like to keep it open since I don't like art that leaves no space for one's own imagination."The artist says, "The installation can appear like a battlefield or just like some playground where someone played around with matches and dropped them.All the heads I've used so far are from Chinese people. This sometimes leads to the assumption that this is a criticism of the Chinese government. One can read it that way, but I think this metaphor could be used for any western system as well. The matchboxes could be simply seen as formal elements within the installation, as coffins, or simply as matchboxes. I actually like to keep it open since I don't like art that leaves no space for one's own imagination."

(via mymodernmet)

 

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