Zombies are beyond played out, but I still can’t get enough brains. Specifically, brains by Spanish artist, Emilio Garcia. Recently, Garcia ditched the legs on his Jumping Brains for something even more cerebral: The Skull Brain. The new brain editions will make their debut tomorrow, Tuesday, December 4th during Miami’s Art Basel. Each Skull Brain is a hand-cast resin sculpture, measuring 7″ x 5.5″ x 5″ and weighing 6 pounds.
Four different finishes have been announced so far.
PINK: Gloss acrylic and nitro coat on resin + magnets, limited to an edition of 30 pieces for €230 (~ $300 USD) each
GRAPHITE: Graphite sand-textured finish on resin + magnets, limited to an edition of 30 pieces for €230 (~ $300 USD) each
CHROME: Nickel-plated finish on resin + magnets, limited to an edition of 20 pieces for €290 (~ $378 USD) each
24K GOLD: gold-plated finish on resin + magnets, limited to an edition of 20 pieces for €330 (~$430 USD) each
All pieces are signed and numbered by Emilio Garcia and include a certificate of authenticity.
Emilio Garcia’s Skull Brains will be available December 4th at www.jumpingbrain.org, and quoth Emilio: “We gonna try to produce and ship as much as we can for Christmas time. The stock is limited, good luck!”And now for a brief interview with the Brain Man…
JB: What is it with you and brains???
EG: I’m definitely a big fan of brains. It’s kind of an exciting and mysterious organ, and there’s a lot to learn about it. Do you know that the real size of an adult human brain is 2 square meters (21.5 square feet)? Incredible! It’s just so well packed. But basically I adore brains because they’re the factories from where ideas come.
Who’s this guy photo-bombing behind the skull? (above, right)
Yaaay! He’s Cheshire!
Are you a “left brain” or “right brain” person?
Good question. Seems that this theory about right and left brains isn’t right at all. Yes, there are more expresive and creative functions on the right and more logical functions on the left. But the latest studies demonstrate (thanks to fMRI) that both halves are continuously communicating with each other. The brain is not nearly as dichotomous as once thought; the different areas never work alone. For example, recent research has shown that abilities in subjects such as math are actually strongest when both halves of the brain work together.
What inspired you to combine the brain and the skull?
A trip to Mexico I took last September, and the latest studies about the plasticity of our brains. Our brains are changing their shapes everyday! Let’s say you start making something new, a movement for example. Every day you train and exercise this movement til perfection, and the area in your brain that makes your body perform this concrete movement grows. So you can get whatever brain shape you want through practice and training.
What are your most indispensable art-making tools?
I really love clay, and I use custom wooden tools to model it. I also love resin and silicone, and my Iwata airbrushes and spray-guns. Of course, I’ve got a few favorite pencils (usually gifts from people I love) and my Kolinsky brushes. Oh, I forgot the indispensable digital hardware: An iPhone and a MacBook!
What favorite books would you permanently display sandwiched between the halves of the Skull Brain?