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Marcus Levine: Hammer & nail works

The works of british artist Marcus Levine are the representation of a physical pointillism, each composed of thousands of nails hammered into wood panels. All his works are completed freehand without any sketches or tracing onto the boards.

There is an average of about 15,000 nails for each installation, but some involve over 50,000.

Levine originally began with abstract works, but became interested in ‘the interplay between the rigid, angular nails and the soft curves of the human torso’.

Because of their fundamentally three-dimensional nature, light plays an important role in the display and viewing of the works. Levine explains:

‘From morning sun to evening sun the shadows across the sculptures change and affect the contrast, and by altering artificial lighting, the sculptures can appear as light as a pencil sketch or as dark as a charcoal drawing.’

The height at which he drives the nail into the board and the orientation of the nail head sets the tonality in the images

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