Some men survive a difficult divorce with wild parties, others look for younger and more beautiful women than the ex-wife to pump up their bruised egos, but not Brad Pitt.
After several decades of swirling around in the collective female fantasy, and after going through an alcohol and anger management program, the Hollywood star has found far more productive and artistic pursuits than partying and banging young women through which to overcome his breakup with Angelina Jolie – the sculpture.
Pitt unveiled his first series of figures at an exhibition in the Finnish city of Tampere, showing that he hasn’t wasted any time since living alone in his Hollywood mansion again.
The exhibition, of which the actor’s sculptures are a part, is called We, and will be on view until January 15, 2023. The exhibition also includes works by Australian musician Nick Cave and British artist Thomas Housago.
It’s no surprise, though, that since the show opened on Saturday, Brad Pitt’s work has attracted the most interest.
The actor’s nine sculptures include one plaster panel depicting a gunfight and a series of silicone figures in the shape of a house, each of which has been shot by a weapon of a different caliber.
The largest of his works, however, is a coffin-sized bronze box whose surface is pierced by dozens of faces, legs and faces.
“For me, art is self-reflection. I use it to find out where I went wrong in my relationships, what went wrong, and where I was complicit in the problem. It gave birth to what I called a radical self-inventory – to be brutally honest and to think about the times I’ve hurt people close to me with my mistakes,” Pitt said at the launch.
In an interview earlier this year with GQ, the star shared that he turned to art after his 2017 divorce from Angelina Jolie.
And although he still does not dare to define himself as an artist or an artist, he is sure that the ceramic works exhibited in Finland will not be the last we see of him.
“Art gives me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes. Probably because through it you show the most vulnerable moments of your life in front of an audience with the knowledge that you will be criticized,” Pitt shared at the time.
Although the actor’s personal life has been the subject of analysis and gossip for years, especially regarding his split with Angelina Jolie, which was rumored to have been provoked by a violent incident on a plane, for the first time the actor has the opportunity to also presented a more metaphorical side of the story. Especially if his fans are excited about his perspective of what happened.
At the same time, Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave also made his artistic debut alongside the Brad Pitt sculptures. Cave displayed 17 ceramic figures depicting life with Satan, which he described as “an attempt to confront our mortality.”
The Devil: A Life is Cave’s first visual work. The individual pieces range in height from 15cm to 48cm. Each is handmade, and the whole series points to Cave’s interest in Victorian figurines, which he has been collecting for some time.
Both newly hatched sculptors (Nick Cave and Brad Pitt) showed their works under the hat of their more experienced colleague – the British artist Thomas Hausago, whose experimental paintings filled the Sara Hilden hall in Finland’s third largest city.
Hausago’s works are part of his large-scale “Visions” series, inspired by the European symbolists, including the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.
Hausago also displayed his plaster and redwood sculptures, and proceeds from the sale of some of them will be donated to the Sara Hilden Museum Foundation.
And when asked why he decided to present his latest work from the studio in partnership with two celebrities, the artist answers: “Because the exhibition is not called “I”, it is called “We”.