It is hard to escape the obvious play on words: these are clearly folk-artsy creations … and yes, they are composed entirely of shining metal forks. Matthew Bartik takes old flatware and bends, twists and shapes into complex critters, strange structures, amazing architecture and other recycled metal art creations.
Some of his upcycled craft projects are very simple composites using only one or two recycled forks. Other objects, sets and series have layer after layer of metal, interwoven and overlapped to make entire miniature vehicles or other incredible composites.
Still other sequences and scenes include abstract or concrete activities (e.g. instrument playing) performed by human-shaped characters with hard-to-identify accessories and machines.
From sea, land and air animals to far-fetched fantasy creatures, many of his works revolve around living (or imagined) organisms. However, he also constructs rings, necklaces, bracelets and other more conventional jewelry and decorative objects from the same simple recycled cutlery object: our everyday fork.
About the artist:
“Most people view forks as utilitarian objects. Matthew has taken it one step further and transformed them into art. Many of the works have become, in their own way, alive through the different forms they have taken. The fluidity of the curves combined with the jaggedness of the tines has created a life like quality from the stainless steel.”
“There is no welding, soldering, glue, or strings attached to these art forms. Each and every piece of fork art that Matthew has produced is shaped from the strength of his arms and hands and the tools of his trade. Matthew uses stainless steel forks as his medium, and is very particular about the quality of fork, looking for a consistency and quality in the metal so that he can achieve the perfect bend. He also deliberately chooses to work with a very plain fork so that when you look at his artwork you see the sculpture before you notice the material.”