Since the dawn of art, artists have accepted the challenge of capturing the fleeting nuances of the human face.
Portraits of the human head, carved in abstraction or individual likeness, are ubiquitous in the world’s art museums and collections. The universal presence of the head in both contemporary and ancient art is evidence of the timelessness of a subject that can never be absolute. How does one craft a solid object to represent a living form that’s the very antonym to hardened rigidness?
Tambaran Gallery’s “Just Heads” exhibition brings together artists separated by thousands of years but alike in their endeavor to represent the human head with all the mood, energy, and presence of the real thing. The exhibition will feature over 28 heads and be a cross-cultural celebration with origins in Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas. The pieces have been crafted in various mediums, which include wood, terra cotta, raffia, ivory, stone, metal, and even a human skull. Many heads have long been separated from larger statue bodies, but others have been carved as stand alone beings. It is difficult to find another form that has enjoyed such intense and sustained attention.