I have been out of town for a while doing my carpentry thing, so, here I am catching up. The Central Washington Artist Exhibition at the Larson Gallery is an annual competitive exhibit of all media, and is just finishing up this Saturday. The “Elocution” sculpture I created recently is in this show, and I have been pleased by some of the responses to it. (Of course, I’d be even happier if it sold.) I have enjoyed being a part of this exhibit over the years and look forward to the next time around. It’s a chance to see new art by old faces as well as art created by new faces. I have new ideas percolating in the studio and remodel work to get back to in Yakima, so…onward!
Sir Anthony Caro passed away a couple of weeks ago at the still productive age of 89. Although I never met him in person, Caro’s work was among a relatively short list of artists who influenced my development as a sculptor. His intuitive understanding of space and how to both displace space, while, at the same time, embracing it, is a lesson I will take with me for the rest of my productive life. I was first introduced to his sculpture work while I was a student at Western Washington University and studied his piece entitled “For India.” That sculpture was a revelation to me as to how it had (has) such a sense of monumentality and yet delicacy. It was like poetry in steel.
As October leaves us, I will be taking down the show at The Gallery By the River (Allied Arts, Richland, WA.) having sold one piece, with another in the 58th Annual Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition at Larson Gallery in Yakima, WA. (Nov.2-Dec.7, 2013),and three others will be on consignment with a new gallery. The new gallery (new for me) is Oak Hollow Gallery at 5631 Summitview, Yakima, WA. Josey Fast, owner and manager of Oak Hollow, was at the reception at the Allied Arts show, was impressed with the work, and invited me to put the pieces in her gallery. www.oakhollowframes.blogspot.com
So…ONWARD! Oh, and I’m going to go listen to Orson Welles’ broadcast of the “War Of the Worlds.” It’s Holloween time, after all.
The weather is finally out of the 95-105 degree mark and we have the crisp sunshine and colors of fall here in the Tri-City area. The reception on last Sunday for the exhibit at Allied Arts was well attended, and everyone had a good time. It was fun to see old friends whom I had not seen in a while, and to talk to potential patrons about my work and creative philosophy. I have been in many exhibits over the past 40+ years, but it’s always a joy to view my work all together in a grouping with the gallery lighting, and certainly with Thelma’s paintings on the walls. The sculptures seem to be communicating with one another!
So, all of you out there; DON’T FORGET THE OCTOBER EXHIBIT! As per my last posting, I will be setting up an exhibit at The Gallery at the Park in the Allied Arts building in Richland, WA this weekend that will run October 1-31. I will have a number of works created over the last two years, as well as a few older pieces that have been significantly rejuvenated. All the art is for sale and there will be a reception on Sunday, October 6th 1-3pm at the gallery, 89 Lee Blvd, Richland, WA.
My good friend and fellow artist, Thelma Triplett will be showing her mixed-media paintings as well. Thelma’s work is a splash of expressionism unlike most painting being done in the Northwest. COME ONE, COME ALL!
One of the processes I go through, as do a number of other artists, to get commission work, is proposals. Often, this involves creating a new design concept based on themes suggested by potential patrons, and sometimes I can build a proposal around an already existing concept that I have developed. Most of my studio sculptures have concepts that lend themselves to enlargement for a larger scale pieces that can be sited in a variety of either exterior and interior situations. The photo of the “Risk” sculpture shown here is an example of that. Much like Henry Moore, I have always imagined my pieces as larger works that people could enjoy and interact with in public or private spaces. Although this approach is not hip with todays tendency towards “site specific” works, the universal message of much of my content makes these sculptures valid as solutions to many public art needs.
“Elocution” is the title for my latest sculpture piece. It is certainly a word I hardly ever use, but, in this time of social networking and “public” communications, I find it appropriate. The idea dips into my personal experiences in choosing the right words and style of presentation when teaching art appreciation and art history classes. For me, as a college teacher, it was important to present myself as well as the subject matter of the course work. By doing so, based on years of experiences as an artist, academic and laborer, I was better able to articulate abstract art concepts and art techniques to a broad public.If the brick seems a little “heavy,” that’s because finding the plumb line of verbal terms isn’t easy. If it were, I’d be a professional writer. This sculpture will be in my exhibition at Richland Allied Arts October 1-30, 2013, along with other pieces of mine and two-dimensional mixed media works by Thelma Triplett.
As we move into those “Dog Days” of summer,I have new works developing in the studio and the on-going search for commissions continues in the office. It’s been so hot around here this past week that the Jackrabbits and Cottontails have been lounging in the shade of our trees! Yesterday, while having some coffee, I noticed an article about Kennewick Man in the Seattle Times, which brought back memories of that discovery and the work I did with Dr. James Chatters on the facial reconstruction. There are some new changes of people at the Roxy Theatre building in downtown Kennewick, and, for now, that’s all the news that’s fit to print from my world. I’ll post some photos of the newest sculpture next time.
It’s 95 to 100 degrees out here, so it’s sweat, rock & roll in the studio. I am grinding and welding away on new work for my upcoming shows and a small commission piece as well, and the sweat is rolling! Even though summer is in full swing here, at the McClelland-Steiger Rancherita, I am enjoying creating new sculpture. I will post photos soon. We survived the 4th without our hillside burning up, and we will keep our fingers crossed that the rest of summer and early fall remains that way. The wildlife (see picture) is thriving eating our lawn and anything else they can get their teeth into. Keep cool and stay creative out there.