Graphite Crossed Fingers
By Batle Studio
This product was made in: San Francisco, California
It’s not the pencil that draws, it is your hand. Inspired by his reverence of Nature, and informed by his formal studies in Art and Science, San Francisco artist Agelio Batle has created this innovative sculptural writing implement. Natural graphite and smudge resistant compounds are fused in specialized forms under intense pressure. Handcrafted, using new and old world techniques, each piece is meticulously fashioned using the innovative methods that Batle originated. Any part writes, while it resists staining your hands.
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About Batle Studio
Drawinghand is typical for Agelio Batle’s work. In his offerings we find an inventor extracting the extraordinary from the ordinary. Pencil graphite, dictionaries, globes, maps, old photographs – everyday artifacts such as these gives us no expectation of inspiration. To find epiphany in mundane materials, poetry in pedestrian is the core of his work.
The investigative nature of Agelio’s work may stem from his background in sciences – a BA in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Not wishing to pursue a career in science, he returned to his lifelong interest in art and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts.
In 1998, Agelio’s early ceramic work was chosen by the American Craft Museum (NY) to represent the best work in the country for artists under thirty in Young Americans. In the years since, he has continued to exhibit in galleries and museums across the United States. Noteworthy among these exhibitions is Brick Project, collaboration with the SF Arts Education Project, shown during the opening ceremonies at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Twelve hundred children constructed an impromptu series of buildings out of bricks on which they had painted and drawn images of “home”. Participants and viewers walked through the resulting cityscape. Next to Nothing, a show of contemporary minimal sculpture at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, included his Volume of Laughter Collected While Being Tickled, which was a body-sized cylinder of transparent vinyl filled with air collected from the artist’s laughter.
Agelio continues to make work in San Francisco.