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Artist Brings Glitch Aesthetic to Carved Wooden Sculptures

Wrap your head around Australian sculptor Paul Kaptein's warped busts, 'The Knowing' and 'The Unknowing.'
The Knowing, Paul Kaptein. 2015. Photography by Kingsley Burton, via 

Australian sculptor Paul Kaptein creates glitch-style art you'll never get on your computer. His new twin wooden sculptures, The Knowing and The Unknowing, feature the busts of two almost-identical young men. To be featured at Memories in Motion, a group show that opens on March 21 at M Contemporary in Sydney, one sculpture looks relatively normal despite the constellations dug into his chest. The other looks like he got trapped somewhere in between a teleportation device and a flatbed scanner.


Kaptein's hand-carved works are often surreal (just ask this faceless, floating cloak, or this six-armed swimmer), but The Knowing's duplicate forehead is part of a recent foray into glitch imitations that bring a physical feel to the often ephemeral genre. His previous foray into these wooden illusions featured a distorted monk called and in the endless sounds there came a pause, but this time he describes the character simply as a "wonky hipster," complete with a goatee and a man bun.

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