Brad Pitt had his debut as a sculptor in a group exhibition at the Sara Hildén Museum of Art in Tampere, Finland. The famous actor’s artwork appears alongside those of musician Nick Cave and artist Thomas Houseago for the “We” exhibition, on view through January 15, 2023.
Among Pitt’s nine works on display is a house-shaped structure molded from clear silicone into which bullets were fired, and his first sculpture, from 2017, “House A Go Go”: a 46 cm miniature house made of bark. tree, held up imperfectly with duct tape.
Larger pieces include a coffin-sized bronze box depicting hands, feet and faces trying to break the structure at various angles, and the suspended plaster sculpture “Aiming At You I Saw Me But It Was Too Late This Time”, 2020, which depicts a gun fight between eight figures.
The star of the movie “Bullet Train” reportedly started creating ceramic art after his turbulent divorce from actress Angelina Jolie in 2017.
In conversation with the Finnish publication Yle at the opening of the exhibition, Pitt spoke of his debut in the artistic world: “For me it’s a matter of self-reflection… It was born from the appropriation of what I call a ‘radical inventory of the self’. And being real and brutally honest with myself, given the people I may have hurt and the times I’ve been wrong.”
Meanwhile, Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave (not to be confused with the American visual artist and performer of the same name) is also making his artistic debut: he shows “glazed ceramic figures depicting the life of Satan in 17 seasons, from innocence through experience to the confrontation with our mortality,” according to a press release.
“The Devil: A Life” is Cave’s first major body of visual work. It includes 17 individual pieces ranging between 15 and 49 cm, each handcrafted, painted and glazed by the singer in England between 2020 and 2022. Aesthetically the series meets the artist’s interest in the Victorian Staffordshire Flatback figures, which he collects.
Both novice sculptors created these works in dialogue with the considerably more experienced artist Houseago. The British artist has been practicing for almost three decades and had his works exhibited at the Whitney Biennale in 2010.
In Tampere, Houseago, who is best known as a sculptor, shows a series of paintings, a medium he has begun to experiment with in recent years. The works come from his large-scale “Visions” series, which was done outdoors and inspired by European Symbolists, including Norwegian Edvard Munch. It also shows new sculptures made of red wood and plaster that he created in response to works in the Sara Hildén Foundation’s collection, such as Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture “Woman on a Chariot” from 1943 to 1962.
Referring to his decision to stage a collaboration show between himself, Cave and Pitt, Houseago stated in the press release: “I am not a me. I am a WE!”