Carpazine, September 2018, Issue 16
Twenty years ago while artist Tal Avitzur was visiting salvage yards in search of material to refurbish a fixer-upper home, he was amazed at the treasures he found there. He began collecting objects that other people thought of as trash, and from that collection these sculptures were born.
Tal Avitzur found his passion for creating while in college and working for sculptor George Rickey and ceramicist Beatrice Wood. Within his workshop, now full of thousands of parts amassed over many years of collecting, Tal creates fantasy-themed sculptures. He is heavily influenced by the science fiction, mythology and comic books from his youth. Each sculpture begins by finding the personality in an object and then test fitting different combinations of pieces together: cutting, drilling and grinding until a natural-looking fit is reached.
Tal Avitzur is an assemblage artist whose found-object sculptures are created from vintage items collected from the auto, aircraft and marine salvage yards of Southern California. Many of his fantasy-themed, mixed-media sculptures are heavily influenced by the science fiction, mythology and comic books of his youth. Tal's unique, whimsical, one-of-a-kind, steampunk-like art can be found in the homes, offices and man-caves of collectors who embrace their inner child. Tal's studio, workshop and gallery is located in Santa Barbara, California and is a short drive from Los Angeles, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties.