Hands Off (Paris, 2019), 2019
left hand: 16 1/8 x 7 1/8 x 3 1/2 inches (41 x 18.2 x 9 cm)
right hand: 16 3/8 x 6 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches (41.6 x 17.2 x 6.8 cm)
edition of 3 + 2 APs
Hands Off takes its form from digitally produced hands which are then distorted through software manipulation, evoking the topology of the shifting surfaces of a hand in motion. The skin is modeled in relation to movement and digitally connected to the bones, so that when the bones move the skin follows. The work also alludes to Rodin’s The Cathedral, in which two right hands come into contact. “Emptiness was a factor that Rodin used to allow for, and, as Rilke pointed out, ‘the role of air had always been extremely important’ for him” (from the Rodin museum description of The Cathedral). Hands Off also evokes the association of the artist with the traditional archetype of the magician.