ARTIST

MICHAEL ENN SIRVET

 
 

Sirvet's artwork is a fusion of the harmony and disharmony, and the beauty and tension of the Human-Nature relationship.

In essence, I restructure nature to show it to people anew; creating a mythos of forms that are born of nature and forged in the fires of industry, technology and human desire. The tension between these ideas and sustainability of actions, my own included, is perhaps the defining question of our time. To that effect, the most organic of my sculptures are industrial, and the most engineered of my pieces reflect primitive natural calm. Nature cannot be considered without acknowledging humanity’s effects, and my artwork is a fusion of the harmony and disharmony, the beauty and tension of that relationship.
— Michael
 

ABOUT

 

Informed by his observations in nature, Sirvet interprets the underlying architecture and constructs a bridge between simple icons and complex ideas.

American structuralist artist, designer, and engineer Michael Enn Sirvet strives to capture the primitive beauty within familiar forms. Informed by his observations in nature, Sirvet interprets the underlying architecture and constructs a bridge between simple icons and complex ideas. Sirvet builds structures that recreates the ocean’s waves in steel tangent lines; the decaying of leaves in thousands of perfectly drilled holes; and the ephemeral wind captured in billowing metal. The artist explains: “My hope is that the simple intricacies of my abstracted, purified forms will invoke recognition and impart the wonder that I feel for nature. In essence, I restructure nature to show it to people anew; creating a mythos of forms that are born of nature and forged in the fires of industry, technology and human desire.” To that effect, the most organic of his sculptures are created by industrial processes, and the most engineered works reflect a primitive natural element. Sirvet lives and keeps a full-time studio practice in Washington D.C.  Many of his pieces can be found in private collections and in several US embassies.
 
 

STATEMENT

 

 

I restructure nature to show it to people anew; creating a mythos of forms that are born of nature and forged in the fires of industry, technology and human desire

 
 
I strive to capture the primitive beauty within familiar forms, to interpret their underlying architecture and construct a bridge between those simple icons and complex ideas. Inspired by chaotic and yet uniform naturally occurring patterns, and the technology and industry which mimic them, I build archetypal structures, melding and juxtaposing independent and varied material elements, natural and manmade, expected and unexpected.
I recreate the ocean’s waves in steel tangent lines, the decaying of leaves and trees are interpreted through thousands of perfectly drilled holes, the canopy of a forest in plasma-cut irregular aluminum plates, the rhythm of a waterfall in geometrically cut and placed wood, the ephemeral wind captured in billowing metal…
My hope is that the simple intricacies of my abstracted, purified assemblages and forms will invoke recognition and impart the wonder that I feel for nature. That I use industrial materials and methods to create my artworks is an embedded irony when considering the effects of man's technological and industrial development upon nature and our environment.
In essence, I restructure nature to show it to people anew; creating a mythos of forms that are born of nature and forged in the fires of industry, technology and human desire. The tension between these ideas and sustainability of actions, my own included, is perhaps the defining question of our time. To that effect, the most organic of my sculptures are industrial, and the most engineered of my pieces reflect primitive natural calm. Nature cannot be considered without acknowledging humanity’s effects, and my artwork is a fusion of the harmony and disharmony, the beauty and tension of that relationship.     - Michael
 
 

SCULPTURES

 

SHOWINGS

 

  • 2017 | CONTEXT NEW YORK | New York, NY | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
  • 2017 | ART BOCA RATON | Boca Raton, FL | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
  • 2017 | ART WYNWOOD | Miami, FL | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
  • 2017 | ART PALM SPRINGS | Palm Springs, CA | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
  • 2016 | CONTEXT ART MIAMI | Miami, FL | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
  • 2016 | SOFA ART EXPO | Chicago, IL | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
  • 2016 | SCULPTOUT CANYON RD. | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY | Santa Fe NM
  • 2016 | SUMMER | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY | Aspen, CO
  • 2016 | ART ASPEN ART FAIR | Aspen, CO | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
  • 2016 | ART HAMPTONS ART FAIR | Bridgehampton, NY |  CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
  • 2016 | SPRING | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY | Santa Fe, NM
  • 2016 | REFLECTIONS | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY | Dallas, TX
  • 2016 | ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST DESIGN SHOW | New York, NY | CHASE EDWARDS CONTEMPORARY
  • 2016 | ART WYNWOOD | Miami, FL | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
  • 2015 | CONTEXT ART MIAMI | Miami, FL | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
  • 2015 | SOFA ART EXPO | Chicago, IL | C FINE ART
  • 2015 | ART ASPEN ART FAIR | Aspen, CO | CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
  • 2015 | HAMPTONS ART AND DESIGN ART FAIR | Bridgehampton, NY | C FINE ART
  • 2015 | ART HAMPTONS ART FAIR | Bridgehampton, NY |  CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
  • 2014 | GALLERY PLAN B | Washington, DC
  • 2014 | VISARTS - CONCOURSE GALLERY | Rockville, MD
  • 2014 | ART WYNWOOD ART FAIR | Miami, FL
  • 2014 | ALIDA ANDERSON PROJECTS
  • 2013 | THE HAMILTONIAN GALLERY | Washington, DC
  • 2013 | THE ARTIST CIRCLE | North Potomac, MD
  • 2013 | ADLON DESIGN | Washington, DC
  • 2013 | THE CAPITOL ARTS NETWORK GALLERY | Rockville, MD
  • 2012 | ADLON DESIGN | Washington, DC
  • 2012 | UNCOMMON GROUND III @ Bridge Gardens | Bridgehampton, NY |  C FINE ART
  • 2011 | THE ARTERY PLAZA GALLERY | Bethesda, MD
  • 2011 | UNCOMMON GROUND II @ Bridge Gardens | Bridgehampton, NY | C FINE ART
  • 2011 | ART HAMPTONS ART FAIR - 2011 | Bridgehampton, NY | C FINE ART
  • 2011 | REYES+DAVIS INDEPENDENT EXHIBITIONS | Washington, DC
  • 2010 | UPSTAIRS ON 7TH | Wearable Sculpture Exhibition | Washington, DC
  • 2010 | THE HAMILTONIAN GALLERY | Washington, DC
  • 2010 | THE HAMILTONIAN GALLERY | Washington, DC
  • 2009 | SCOPE ART FAIR MIAMI - 2009 | Miami, FL | HAMILTONIAN GALLERY
  • 2009 | SPECIAL EVENT | KINESTHESIA - Collaborations in Sculpture and Dance | Reyes+Davis Gallery - washington, DC
  • 2009 | REYES+DAVIS INDEPENDENT EXHIBITIONS | Washington, DC
  • 2009 | THE HAMILTONIAN GALLERY | Washington, DC
  • 2008 | SCOPE ART FAIR MIAMI - 2008 | Miami, FL | HAMILTONIAN GALLERY
  • 2008 | JAN LARSEN ART | Brooklyn, NY
  • 2007 | THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATER COMPANY | Washington, DC2007
  • 2007 | TOUCHET GALLERY | Baltimore, MD
  • 2007 | MADE IN METAL STUDIOS | Baltimore, MD
  • 2006 | GALLERY PLAN B | Washington, DC
  • 2006 | THE BLACK ROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS | Germantown, MD
  • 2006 | THE ATTIS GALLERY | Washington, DC
  • 2006 | GALLERY NEPTUNE | Bethesda, MD
  • 2005 | GALLERY PLAN B | Washington, DC
  • 2004 | GLENVIEW MANSION ART GALLERY | Rockville, MD
  • 2003 | WASHINGTON SQUARE | 'Sculpture Now 2003' | Washington, DC
  • 2002 | CREATIVE PARTNERS GALLERY | Bethesda, MD