Coderch & Malavia
Working in partnership, Valencia-based Joan Coderch and Javier Malavia create dynamic, thought-provoking figurative sculptures based on the human form.
Coderch and Malavia believe that working as a duo empowers the final result. However, they also acknowledge that to work effectively in a partnership there has to be a meeting of minds: “Sharing the creation of a work of art is complicated, there must be a predisposition to fit together artistically.” Egos have to be put to one side, frank conversations must be had, complete trust is required and full commitment to the end-result must be made.
The pair work from live models - dancer Minor Chaves was the sitter for The Flight of the Swan - producing sketches on paper, followed by a detailed clay model, which enables them to cast the finished bronze. Taking inspiration from Swan Lake and, in particular the transformation of the human, the sculpture illustrates the duality in life, which exists for many people.
The casting of Chaves, with his striking facial features, his dynamic stance, the diamond head pattern and the feathered haunches collectively transform what could have been a regular sculpture of a perfectly-proportioned man into something far more interesting and exciting.
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Hedge, issue 54, pp46-51, June 2019