Shayne Dark’s new Maelstrom sculptures have powerful and palpable energy like the natural whirlpools this series is named after. No. 1 is an intricate tangle of round aluminum rods coated in a rich, shiny burgundy red in a circular wreath-like form. Dark’s uniquely beautiful abstract work is often inspired by the natural world. This series was borne out of the global tumult of the last two years and time spent in the solitude of his studio envisioning maelstroms in brilliant colours.
“I often use brilliant colour in my art practice, and I hope that first time viewers will be visually arrested by the colour and then on closer inspection will be rewarded with multiple levels of attraction.” Shayne Dark
He was the artist in residence at the Brooklyn botanic garden in 2016 following a successful residency at the Albright Knox and Buffalo botanical garden in 2015 and a feature article on his work in Sculpture magazine. At Art Basel, Dark was named one of the top ten artists to watch. His work can be found in numerous private, corporate, and public collections.