“Things We Eat, But Can’t” – Realism in Stone by Antar Studios Inc.
In contemporary society, so many of our most recognizable images are of products both commercial and ephemeral. None more so that popular food items. CustomMade artisan Robin Antar of Antar Studios Inc. creates custom sculpture that recasts “pop food” into something permanent. In her series of sculptures, “Things We Eat, But Can’t,” Ms. Antar creates what she calls “virtual records of contemporary culture” by “capturing common, everyday items in stone.” She writes: “Essentially, I replicate these items on a real life-scale, complete with meticulous detail. I achieve this absolute realism by incorporating parts of the actual object, as well as custom-made stains, paints, plastics and gold leaf. It’s more than art imitating life, it’s art mirroring life.” Take a look at some of her amazing stonework featured in our gallery of custom made sculptures.
If you can get to the Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, between March 25 and May 21, 2011, you can see the sculpture, “I’m Hungry,” as part of the exhibit, “Mmmm… I Want to Eat That Art!” The tray was carved from limestone and finished with a custom oil stain. The glass of milk was carved from acrylic and alabaster. Those Oreo cookies were cast in resin and painted with acrylic.
All your “Anticipation” will be for naught if you try to pour this bottle of “Heinz Ketchup.” The bottle is carved from a single piece of travertine. The cap is made from Carrara marble. The label was added after the piece was polished. The stone not only looks like thick ketchup inside a bottle but was also shaped carefully to mirror the form of the real thing.
This “Milano Cookies” sculpture won the 2004 Gold Medal of Honor from the Allied Artists of America. The bag was carved from marble, and the logo and cookie image on the bag were hand painted. To achieve the effect of a real package, silver leaf was used for the interior of the bag. The cookies themselves were cast in resin and painted with acrylic.
To see videos of Robin Antar describing her approach to her sculpture and working in her studio, check out her appearance on the HGTV show, “That’s Clever,” and “Robin Antar – Realism in Stone” by Act One Video.
Contact Antar Studios Inc. if you’d like to commission your own custom sculpture or find a CustomMade sculptor closer to your location.