Dane G. Hansen Museum

Logan, KS


Ultra-Realistic Sculpture in Logan, Kansas

Marc Sijan, Photographer, 1992


Marc Sijan's sculptures appearing at the Dane G. Hansen Museum in Logan. Kansas beginning September 5, through November 9, 1997, have been described as "homages to humanity's fascination with its own forms - a fascination which has compelled artists throughout the millennia to mirror life in virtually every medium." Sijan's figures are incredibly lifelike, sensuous and graceful. In fact, they are so lifelike, they seem always on the verge of movement, a mere instant away from action. The pores in the skin, the tiny hairs, and veins, even the bald spots, blemishes, and individual shapes of the faces that make human beings so similar, yet so unique, are the essence of what makes Mark Sijan's work so arresting.

The realism of Sijan's work recalls the work of ancient Greek sculptures in its bold expression of human energy and poise, but Sijan it does not necessarily celebrate the ideal form. His figures are more gritty, more natural -- a tribute to real people. Sijan tries to capture a life force in full swing. "I am seeking to freeze motion rather than suggest life," he notes. "The sculpture appears passive, but there is so much going on inside."

Sijan a Milwaukee based artist, received his Bachelor's degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin in 1968, then went on to complete a Master of Science in Art degree three years later. It was then that he began to sculpt the human figure. His work has won recognition throughout the country with a major commission at the Byer Museum in Chicago, sales to major collections and private collectors, and a current national touring exhibition.

Featured in this exhibit are eleven life size human sculptures which highlight Sijan's remarkable techniques. With the assistance of Smith Kramer, Inc., a fine art services company located in Kansas City, Missouri and the Canton Art Institute of Canton, Ohio, the exhibition will travel to twelve American museums over the next three years.

Marc Sijan, Artist, 1992

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