Woven Steel

 

“Ira Sapir is a sculptor who exalts the human form in a dramatic, larger than life statement of coiled steel. His poised figures have powerful physiques of stylized muscle and sinew. Employing an innovative technique, Sapir weaves and layers thousands of feet of coiled wire onto metal armatures. Gradually, over a period of months the various muscle groups evolve with the circular motion of each coil flowing gracefully, on into each other. Ultimately, a heroic form emerges whose surface is soft and responsive to the touch.”

-Douglas Heller, Heller Gallery, New York, NY