It seems to me that many found-object sculptures tend to fall into one of two camps: Random and uninformed (decorative) or deeply thoughtful and insightful (true folk art). This piece seems to belong to the latter category—the artist has also layered on a combination of whimsy and a powerful touch of dubious hope.

Motorcycle Man Folk Art Found Object Sculpture. Size: 64" x 32" x 44" (163 x 81 x 112 cm).

Motorcycle Man Folk Art Found Object Sculpture. Size: 64″ x 32″ x 44″ (163 x 81 x 112 cm).

Motorcycle Man is up for auction at Material Culture tomorrow, March 23rd.

From the auction house:
With over three decades of experience in the fields of art, decorative arts and antiques from around the world, Material Culture applies its expertise to the appraising, consigning and selling of all kinds of artifacts from local, national and international consignors, including estates, private individuals, trusts, businesses, educational and cultural institutions. Located in Philadelphia, Material Culture prides itself on being a full-service auction house, with the ability to take on single items, collections, or entire estates, through the wide variety of auctions it offers. Material Culture’s experience in the global market contributes to the strong showing of buyers overseas as well as domestically, with educated bidders from 30+ countries regularly participating in their high-energy sales.

We’ve purchased from Material Culture on several occasions—the folks there are true professionals. We have our paddle number for the auction tomorrow and are looking at a couple of very different pieces.