Sinewy, strong but shimmery and kind of a bro. French artist Max Boufathal’s sculpture work is hard to miss. Discoing Neanderthals? Perhaps that’s a bit far.
The almost robotic interpretative of man is fascinating indeed. They resemble gorillas in position, puffed out chests, ready for any confrontation, and yet a very clear gender is determined from first viewing. The golden figures are warriors.
Forming a loose triangle of sorts, the bookended sculptures each have one hand on their hip, framing themselves and the center figure. The middle figure is the focal point because this creation is indeed the perfect creation: smooth, symmetrical, clearly ready for copulation, if the occasion called for it, and very tribal. Other pieces, including the sculptures with headdresses, present a clear interpretation of tribalism but still have a universal focus on what is man and manly.