From Our Pages: “The Jaw Drops Each Time”: our interview with Daniel M. Krause, sculptor.

“In all my art history classes, I had never read about a Western sculptor who had moved to China and let that culture influence his or her work. I wanted to be the first sculptor to do it.…”

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Going through models and maquettes in the studio, from ChinaDaily.com.
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“A Stable Mind.”
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The terra-cotta warriors were a relatively recent discovery when Daniel moved to China. More than eight thousand figures have been unearthed since 1974. You can view a video of the warriors and their traveling exhibition on the VMFA website.
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“Negative Space,” one of Daniel’s sculptures riffing on the ancient terra-cotta figures.
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Part of the exhibition “The Engineer and Welcome,” Shenzhen, China. Read an article about the philosophy and the how-to of making here.
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Daniel’s studio is now a hodgepodge of references and realized works. Image from China Daily.com.
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Sculpting on a large scale.
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Small versions of Daniel’s work can be purchased through catalogues.
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District 798 has become somewhat gentrified. Here patrons stroll around a trendy building in April 1914. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
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Once installed, the work can easily dwarf its creator, as this snapshot from Creative Edge Master Shop shows.
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Daniel’s latest large installation: “The Cycle of Life, Water.” Polished stainless steel, eight meters high, 2017. Installed in Tong Zhou, southeastern Beijing.
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Daniel made a series of figures for the Scientology flagship center in Clearwater, Florida. You can find out more about this commissioned project, and see a video, in one of our follow-up features: “Religion, Art, and Advertising.”
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The landscape around Taos has inspired artists for over a century.
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Welding some of the finer bits can happen anywhere.
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With Alex at a grand art deco ball in Shanghai.
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