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DT.se on January 12, 2016

   Tobbe Malm visar bultskulpturer med mjuka uttryck

Saknad och möten är grundteman i skulptören Tobbe Malms järnfigurer. Från och med den här veckan visas hans bultskulpturer i Borlänge biblioteks utställningshall.

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Gpi design on March 19, 2015

Thursday Salute to Originals: Boiling Sculpture Down to Nuts and Bolts

…Tobbe Malm re-purposes nuts and bolts to make whimsical, yet emotive sculptures. As the head of the bolt (ironically) becomes the “head” of the figure, these unassuming pieces of metal are transformed into personified depictions of various social interactions and moments.

But the truly amazing part about these sculptures isn’t just an unorthodox use of materials. Moreso, it’s how Malm manages to make a simple pieces of hardware exude authentic emotion. True sorrow and despair is palpable in some; in others, you can feel warmth, love, and sentiment. That type of raw emotional impact on the viewer is difficult enough to achieve through traditional media, yet, Malm has managed to accomplish just that with common fasteners.

We salute Tobbe Malm for turning normally concealed hardware into a muse for artistic and emotional expression. He certainly does not have a screw loose!

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Art-Sheep on March 18, 2015

Bolt Poetry: A Blacksmith’s Mini Sculptures Of Bolts Bent In Human Positions

Oslo-based Swede blacksmith, artist and photographer Tobbe Malm is here to share a story about bolts. Or, rather, he is here to help the bolts tell their story to the world. “The bolts reminded me of human forms, and I felt they had something to tell” Malm explains. He said that he found the bolts in an old farm’s barn, in an area called Bergsladen in Sweden. Through heating, forging, bending and twisting them, the blacksmith created relations, meetings and situations out of which “suddenly stories emerged about sorrow, joy, pain, warmth and humour”. He felt that there was a kind of poetry being developed, so the title “Bolt Poetry” was given to the project appropriately. But the pieces themselves come with no title. The reason for this is that Malm wants to let the viewer decide on his or her own.

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Solo Arte y Diseño Actuales on March 11, 2015

Tobbe Malm o el arte escultórico con metal reciclado

Herrero, fotógrafo y escultor: estamos ante un artista muy completo. El sueco Tobbe Malm emplea piezas de acero y hierro desechados, las recicla y transforma en esculturas con alma. Las piezas básicas de su trabajo son los pernos desechados que recoge y dota de una nueva vida para instalarlas, merecidamente, en el pódium del arte.

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This is Colossal  on March 7, 2015

Bolt Poetry: A Blacksmith Evokes Surprisingly Human Forms from Single Steel Bolts

Oslo-based blacksmith and photographer Tobbe Malm manages to create unusually emotional sculptures using old bolts. The series began when Malm stumbled onto the rusting bolts at a barn in Bergslagen, Sweden. He immediately recognized the wide caps and slender stems as having humanistic qualities so he gathered them up and proceeded to heat, forge, twist and bend them into shape in his studio. The resulting collection of sculptures titled Bolt Poetry, evokes humanistic moments of affection, sadness, and pain…

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Bored Panda  on March 9, 2015

Bolt Poetry: Blacksmith Gives Emotion To Steel By Bending It Into Human Shapes

A steel bolt is probably one of the least emotional or human things that I can think of, but that’s not how Tobbe Malm feels. This Swedish blacksmith in Oslo can coax simple steel nuts and bolts into human-like forms that, despite their simple shapes, seem laden with emotion…

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My Modern Met  on March 9, 2015

Bolts Bent and Twisted to Resemble Powerfully Emotional, Humanistic Forms

Oslo, Norway-based blacksmith and photographer Tobbe Malm evokes powerful emotions using old bolts heated, forged, bent, and twisted to look like humanistic forms. The series, titled Bolt Poetry, began when the Swedish-born artist stumbled across the rusty bolts discarded in a barn in Bergsladen, Sweden. Something about the aging, discolored objects called to him, and Malm was able to give them new life as creative, poignant sculptures that portray everything from a parent’s love to hopeless despair…

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Twisted Sifter on March 8, 2015

Artist Transforms Old Steel Bolts Into Evocative Sculptures

Tobbe Malm is an artist and blacksmith from Sweden and currently living in Norway. In a series entitled Bolt Poetry, Malm transforms old steel bolts he found in an old barn in Bergsladen, Sweden. Tobbe explains:
“I found them in a barn. They had been lying there for a long time and they might well have continued to lie there until they had rusted away and returned to their original mineral form. The bolts reminded me of human forms, and I felt they had something to tell. I heated them, forged, bent and twisted. I tried to create relations, meetings and situations and suddenly stories emerged about sorrow, joy, pain, warmth and humour. A kind of poetry was created, hence the title.”

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Le Buzz Art

Émotion Métalique

Tobbe Malm est un artiste, norvégien, il vit à Oslo. C’est un forgeron et un photographe. Il traduit avec poésie l’expression humaine à l’aide des pièces métalliques de récupération en mettant en scène des clous ou des morceaux de ferraille. Au travers de son art, il nous offre des moments de situations insolites, il transmet de l’émotion. Son message est humble et exprime quelque chose de réaliste. Son site est on ne peut plus parlant et il en vaut le détours…

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Omtalat.nu on March 13, 2015

Svenska Tobbe hyllas världen över för sina skulpturer – han ger järn mänskligt liv

Efter terrorattentatet i Utøya började Tobbe Malm smida järnroser. Ur rosorna utvecklades hans skulpturer till de mer mänskliga bultskulpturerna som nu görsuccé på internet.

– Denna påtagliga känsla av saknad jag mött hos de drabbade ville jag uttrycka, säger Tobbe Malm.

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Supercurioso on March 12, 2015

Tornillos y emociones. ¿Puede un trozo de hierro expresar tristeza o sufrimiento? Tobbe Malm (http://ow.ly/Kepsg) nos demuestra que sí. ¡Impresionante y original obra!

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Art People on March 8, 2015

Bolt Poetry: A Blacksmith Evokes Surprisingly Human Forms from Single Steel Bolts, Oslo-based blacksmith and photographer Tobbe Malm manages to create unusually emotional sculptures using old bolts.

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Amusing Planet on March 9, 2015

Tobbe Malm’s Bolt Sculptures

These unusually emotive sculptures were created by Oslo-based blacksmith and photographer Tobbe Malm. Malm found the bolts in an old farm in Sweden. They had been lying there for a long time and if left alone would have rusted away. Being a blacksmith, Malm couldn’t let them happen. So he brought the bolts home, forged them and hammered them into the figures we see here.

“The bolts reminded me of human forms and I felt they had something to tell,” said Tobbe Malm. “I heated them, forged, bent and twisted. I tried to create relations, meetings and situations and suddenly stories emerged about sorrow, joy, pain, warmth and humour.”

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Design Swan on March 10, 2015

Bolt poetry: Emotional Bolt Sculptures by Tobbe Malm

Six years ago, artist Vlad Artazov presented world with his interesting “Nail Art” series which creates unusually emotional sculptures using nail. Today, Oslo-based blacksmith and photographer Tobbe Malm tries to do the same thing with old farm bolts. These bolts had been lying there for a long time and they might well have continued to lie there until they had rusted away and returned to their original mineral form. Malm immediately recognized the wide caps and slender stems as having humanistic qualities so he gathered them up and proceeded to heat, forge, twist and bend them into shape in his studio. By doing this, Malm successfully gave these old bolt some human emotions: sorrow, joy, pain, warmth and humour.

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Weezbo on March 12, 2015

Bolts Turned into Emotional, Humanistic Forms by Tobbe Malm

Norwegian master of forging and photographer Tobbe Malm has created a series of works for a photo project the main objects of which are old bolts that are imitating living life.

Tobbe Malm lives and works in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Although, the story of this project started not here. While he was in the Sweedish town of Bergsladene, the master found several bolts sticking out of the door of an old barn. He thought the bolts looked humanlike, so he took them and gave them shape. As a result, he got a series of works that simulate different emotions and feelings.

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 Visual News on March 8

Old Bolts Transform into Profound Sculptures on the Human Experience

Oslo-based blacksmith Tobbe Malm found a bunch of discarded bolts laying in an old barn. He could have simply let them rust away, but instead he transformed them into these small, but hugely emotive sculptures. Unless you’re a mechanic, you probably haven’t had simple hardware stir emotions this profound.

“The bolts reminded me of human forms, and I felt they had something to tell. I heated them, forged, bent and twisted. I tried to create relations, meetings and situations and suddenly stories emerged about sorrow, joy, pain, warmth and humour.”

Fittingly, Tobbe calls his series ‘Bolt Poetry’. Rather than give each small sculpture a title, he leaves them up for interpretation, letting their simple forms convey the universal experiences we can all relate to – regardless of what we call them.

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Demilked on March 9, 2015

Bolt Poetry: Blacksmith Evokes Emotion In Steel By Bending It Into Human Shapes

Nails, nuts and bolts aren’t very emotional things by themselves. But that’s where artists come in! Tobbe Malm, a Swedish blacksmith and photographer living in Oslo, has made Bolt Poetry: tiny, emotion filled sculptures made from bolts.

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Viral Nova on March 13

These Simple Pieces Of Metal Will Make You Feel Something Surprisingly Serious

Chances are, you’ve probably never had strong feelings about a bolt before—unless, of course, it was holding something important together. But strong, right-in-the-feels emotions? Maybe not so much. A blacksmith and photographer named Tobbe Malm, however, would like you to reconsider.

Malm, who lives in Norway, stumbled upon some old bolts rusting in a barn in Bernsladen, Sweden, and was instantly reminded of human forms. He took the bolts home and forged them into the sculptures you see here, turning them from bits of hardware into abstracted human characters. The series of sculptures came to be known as Bolt Poetry.

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Laughing Squid on March 10, 2015

‘Bolt Poetry’, Old Bolts Transformed Into Evocative Human-Like Figure Sculptures

Bolt Poetry is a sculpture series by Swedish photographer and artist Tobbe Malm that features human-like figures made from bolts. Malm was inspired to create the series after finding a collection of abandoned bolts in an old barn in Sweden. The bolts reminded him of human forms, so he used his blacksmithing skills to bend and twist them into metal figures, which he then arranged in evocative poses.

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