My sculptures are a search for the metamorphosis of form. In my work, movement reveals a transformation of the internal forces into the shape of a material inspired by nature and the life force behind it.
My early sculptures speak of the duality in everything and inevitable coexistence by connecting of tools to stone with intentional man-made marks and primitive scrapings. My current series of fiberglass sculptures take the idea a step further by re-imagining the arising of life from the molecular level as something new begins to emerge from an almost chaotic “cellular soup”. These recent organic elements allude to life on a molecular level as well as technological constructions occurring in my own backyard in Silicon Valley that alter the way we experience and relate to the world.
Oleg Lobykin has roots in a tradition of the old world craft of stone carving yet considers himself “an international man and product of globalization.” He defies labels and strives to show how old and new, timeless and contemporary, familiar and unexpected elements can combine to reveal hidden truths. His work explores connections between what is known and emerging insights about the nature of life. Respecting the past while reaching toward the future, his work reflects the dynamic, evolving reality of the present.
Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Oleg now resides in California’s Silicon Valley. He is a sculptor interested in conceptual art and likes to use modern tools and technology as an opportunity to reach new heights.