Olaf Brzeski
Francis and Hashish

steel, bronze, oil paint, wood, 290 x 50 x 60 cm

The model for the preternaturally large, classical composition of a male nude was a close friend of Brzeski's, the British artist Francis Thorburn. As he poses in the artist's studio, Francis smokes hashish, while the sculptor creates an ethereal, massless portrait out of thin steel rods that look like blades of hay. This sculpture is more of a hallucination than a study of the body, a sketch in space woven of snatches of breezy, dry grasses, a dope apparition in the shape of a human body, its head fading into an amorphous cloud of smoke.