LIONIZE

Bronze paintings

Autumn 2016 - ongoing

Lionize is a series of bronze sculptures of paintings and images. The backs of the sculptures are hollowed out by hand while in the wax, leaving grooves from the artist's fingertips. During the pour, the bronze is adulterated with melted precious and historical metals such as antique silver teapots, gold wedding rings, and salvaged bullets. Pieces in Lionize are always patinated through exposure to the elements. Most of the paintings were found by, given to, or purchased by Leo. Many of the paintings recreated in bronze are destroyed in the process.

Lionize is concerned with what remains after loss, ways of edification, transformation, hardness, and long spans of time. It is both a celebration of and a challenge to imagemaking. The word ‘lionize’ means to celebrate something, whether it deserves to be celebrated or not. With bronze’s position as a material of edification, Lionize also invites us to question what it means when we edify someone in effigy; who owns the identity of a subject of a bronze sculpture? The name is also a pun: to lion-ize; to Leo-ify.

This is a continuing series begun in 2016 and currently includes 14 works. The next 3 are currently in production. All works are produced in editions of up to 12. If a mold is destroyed or rendered unusable, no new mold with by made and the edition of that piece will be considered complete.

Lionize is also the subject of Leo’s musical collaboration Bronze Music and his AI video project Subjective Functions x Lionize.

These works are for sale. Contact for inquiries. Read more about Lionize under ‘writing

Reveal (Lionize I)

2016

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

25 x 20 x 2 cm / 10" x 8" x 0.75"

3.5 kg / 7.75 lb

edition of xii

Self Portrait (Lionize II)

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

40 x 30 x 2 cm / 15.75" x 12" x 0.75"

9 kg / 20 lb

edition of xii

Treasure (Lionize III)

2017

pictured is I/XII, made of bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps. II/XII was made of marshmallow

31 x 36 x 5.5 cm / 12.25" x 14.25" x 2.25"

10.5 kg / 23 lb

edition of vi

Counterfeit (Lionize IV)

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

19.5 x 17.5 x 3 cm / 7.75" x 7" x 1.25"

1.5 kg / 3 lb

edition of vi

Prize (Lionize V)

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

60 x 45 x 2.5 cm / 23.75" x 17.75" x 1"

27.25 kg / 60 lb

edition of vi

Valdrada Fruit (Lionize VI)

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

25 x 20 x 4.5 cm / 10" x 8" x 1.75"

3.5 kg / 8 lb

edition of xii

Espero Pati (Lionize VII)

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

10 x 8.5 x 2.5 cm / 4" x 3.5" x 1"

0.5kg / 1.25 lb

edition of xii

Unseeing (Lionize VIII)

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

45 x 36 x 3.5 cm / 18" x 14" x 1.5"

7.25 kg / 16 lb

edition of vi

Gaze (Lionize IX)

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

20 x 25 x 2 cm / 8" x 10" x 0.75"

edition of xii

Nostalgia (Lionize X, Nostalgia I)

2018

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

 13" x 8" x 2"

varied edition of iii

Cartography (Lionize XI, Nostalgia II)

2018

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

 14.5" x 8" x 2"

varied edition of iii

Hammam (Lionize XII)

2018

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

 6" (diameter) x 0.25"

edition of xii

Token of Encouragement (Lionize XIII)

2018

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

2.5 x 4 x 0.25 cm / 1” x 1.75” x <0.125”

edition of xii

Shrine (Lionize XIV)

2019

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

37 x 20 x 0.25 cm / 14.5” x 8” x 0.125”

edition of xii

 

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photos of Lionize I - Lionize XII by Keenan Orrange