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When you think about fine art and advanced technology, blacksmithing and foundry probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. While these trades may seem rudimentary to some, sculptor and innovator Mesple who began working as a blacksmith at age 11 is here to change the way you think about art and technology forever.

His pieces are dark — but at the same time — deeply beautiful.

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Second test is in the books and the results are much improved! Now to build this into a finished sculpture. #metal #mesple #ferrofluid #sculpture #artwatchers #LA #skull #art

Posted by Mesple on Friday, October 16, 2015

Some of his pieces are even larger than life…and we mean that quite literally.

Head to mesple.com today to read the post on #pseudologiafantastica if you haven’t. See what inspired me to make my first full size metal skeleton. Link in bio #sculpture #artwatchers #darkart #skull #metal #art

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Each sculpture is created by hand in his studio.

Getting ahead before the weekend starts. #weld #fridaynights #sculpture #skull #metal

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Mesple is a master when it comes to taking elemental blacksmithing skills and using them to create works that are meticulous and refined. They appeal to savvy art enthusiasts who are looking to devour abstract concepts, and to casual observers who want to marvel at something that’s honestly just stunning to look at.

Imposed

<em>Imposed</em>

His sculptures definitely aren’t short on beauty, and they often carry a whole host of meanings. This piece which is fitted with a functioning lock calls to mind ideas of isolation, oppression, and control.

Larker

<em>Larker</em>

Those messages usually stem from ideas that preoccupy the artist in life. Mesple was inspired to create this sculpture when he began thinking about how people rush to categorize subcultural movements in an attempt to silence them. Larker highlights the irony that comes along with trying to define subcultures with mainstream language.

Jesus Tortilla Maker

<em>Jesus Tortilla Maker</em>

And he has a smart sense of humor, too. He sculpted a heat-activated press to brand Jesus’ face onto tortillas to mock humanity’s constant quest to find spiritual or religious validation in the most ridiculous places.

It’s pretty obvious that this guy has a whole slew of talents, since most blacksmiths can’t whip up hyper-realistic human skeletons on a whim. He loves experimenting with different mediums. Technology is his other love, so he created a tech-based series that challenges viewers to change the relationship between art and spectator.

He often uses a substance called ferrofluid to create interactive works.

With this series, Mesple bridges the gap between conceptualism and physicality in a way that forces us to interact with technology in a much more visceral way than we’re used to.

In the traditional sense, the main relationship that exists between art and its viewers is a visual one. But Mesple fosters a new kind of interaction that allows people to create their own versions of his art by using responsive electromagnetic technology.

Absolution is incredible — the use of ferrofluids in this sculpture makes it exceedingly creepy.

<em>Absolution </em>is incredible -- the use of ferrofluids in this sculpture makes it exceedingly creepy.

For this piece, Mesple combined a more traditional sculpture with his signature use of ferrofluid to create an interactive piece that’s completely amazing in action.

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#tbt to my first sculpture that I combined over 20 years of metal work with my background in arts, computer science and engineering. Really excited to show you a better test video tomorrow on my second artwork developed with the same methods. Details about this piece can be found at guyhepner.com #guyhepner #interactiveart #absolution #mesple #technology #art #sculpture

Posted by Mesple on Thursday, October 15, 2015

As you approach the statue, electromagnetic forces cause ferrofluid to bubble up from the base, which effectively drowns it. Basically, you’re to blame for its demise as you make your way in for a closer look.

Couple little vid clips from yesterday’s testing of fluid on metal sculpture. Little more dialing it in. #art #sculpture #ferrofluid

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It’s one thing for an artist to excel in a single medium, but to be a master of sculpture and electrical engineering is something else entirely. To check out the rest of Mesple’s work, head over to his website. He’s also great about posting photos and videos of works in progress, so be sure to follow him on Instagram, too.

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