ARBOR VITAE : Pontus Willfors
ARBOR VITAE features sculptural works by Los Angeles based artist Pontus Willfors exploring tensions between idealized natural/organic forms and man-made/industrial constructions and materials.
Throughout, the artist’s frequent use of salvage materials evokes themes of death and rebirth, as the image of a tree—a symbol of vitality, beauty, and life—is drawn out from discarded material and products of industrial utility. This duality points with hopeful optimism to a process of transformation that builds on the layered history of each piece to restore a sense of wonder at the complex forms of life.
Cover image: Organic Form, 2009 (detail), by Pontus Willfors Artworks courtesy the artist and Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles All artwork documentation photographs by Jeff Rau, curator, from exhibition in the Earl & Virginia Green Art Gallery.
sculpture; natural; organic; salvage material; tree
Art and Design | Art and Materials Conservation | Sculpture
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Willfors, Pontus, "ARBOR VITAE : Pontus Willfors" (2017). Exhibition Catalogs. 16.