Curtain Call 2020

2020 was all about the people. People who shared losses, pain, and frustration.  Martin Kagan’s current exhibit, “Curtain Call 2020”, calls to mind the mosaic of faces and personalities that 2020 touched. People who each have a powerful story behind that fleeting look into your eyes.

About the Artist

Oregon-based artist and an artistic alchemist, Martin Kagan, is a self-taught sculptor who creates outside the traditional canon of art, reintroducing the ancient form of terra cotta to create life-size busts. Finding inspiration in the uniqueness of human faces, his statues are often adorned with found pieces of jewelry, fabric, and hats, further inviting an imaginative approach to character studies.

A native of South Africa, Kagan credits his early interest in sculpting to making small basic statues with his friends using window putty. With limited access to clay, he broke a few windows to feed his hobby. After becoming successful in business, he began collecting African statues which continue to inspire his art.  

With the onset of the pandemic, Kagan took up sculpting as a means of connecting to the uniqueness of human expression and offering break-through views showcasing the exuberance of life. The pieces are born out of a desire to use visual images to communicate and transcend basic object viewing. Kagan enjoys the challenge of repurposing items and drawing upon his love of conceptual engineering to fabricate unique structures for his statues. Visit the MK Sculpture Gallery for a glimpse at the art and the artist. Listing of 2020 Scluptures .

Kagan’s appreciation for the visual world is also showcased in his patented 3D data visualizations over time viewed at B4URIZ