Culture & Art

Aug 1, 2017

GOLDEN SANDS

Once you come to a certain age, you come to think you've already seen everything in life. You might think there's nothing else to create or to realize differently. And then, there are these sudden surprises. Beautiful surprises.

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December 31st, is the most awkward date to be born, whatever the year. But 1991 was a special year in the town of Ostfildern, near Stuttgart, Germany. Because in this town, on that day, Tim Bendel was born and today, we are grateful for that.

Even though he is only 25 years old, Tim Bengel already stands out in the worlds' artistic panorama. His interest in art revealed at a very early age, when he visited the Staatgalerie Stuttgart, in his home town.

From there on, the German artist started to mimic the abstract art he had seen and, by the age of 18 he won his first art competition. The work was a large format collage made from coins, representing the map of the European continent.

After that, Tim attended to art and philosophy at the International University of Tübingen, in Germany, where he would come to develop his peculiar vision over art. As a response to three main questions (what is art?, what makes art a success?, who decides what is art?), the artist realized that true art does not emerge from imitation but from the combination of established art elements in order to create something new.

The recent series "Sand and Gold" is the perfect showcase of his work. Each of these takes him about 80 hours to complete and the technique he uses is quite singular and innovative.

The technique

He starts to paint the canvas with a slow drying glue and, over it, Tim recreates the selected pictures using white and black sand, and sometimes gold dust. The grains of sand are meticulously placed over the canvas with the help of a scalpel.

The details of the pictures are not perceptible until the end of the process, when the canvas is lifted, and we see the magical transformation. Something the artist calls the 'wow effect'.

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