It’s a simple shape but it really struck me as just right. I bent the steel, looked at it, and said aloud, “That’s it”. Amazing how that happens.
I had to rework this one. Originally it had a really great patina but then rusted out. It was very mediocre. I ground it down and blued it. Followed by some paint and a sealant. I really like how this one ended up.
Not entirely sure why but I was really inspired by Matisse’s Reclining Nude painting. I got a mailer and for the show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts now and just hit me. I couldn’t do anything else until I got to the studio and did it. It was strange — a compulsion.
I like how it came out. Who doesn’t like nudes?
It now has a great patina and is sealed.
I’ve been on this jag for cubes. From straight-up cubes like Cube Farmer, to exploded cubes with Reclining Nude, Fractal Performer and Jackson Pollack’s Cubist Nightmare. Nessie is the last in that series. For now.
I won’t tell you what I saw but it rhymes with hat and is black and annoys the hell out of me in the morning when I’m trying to sleep. And likes to cuddle up between my legs at night.
Jackson Pollack’s Cubist Nightmare
I had major fun with this one. I want to do an entire series of sculptures that plays off well-known painters. Did this one and one inspired by Matisse — Reclining Nude.
These are seriously a kick to do.
I never know where I’ll find inspiration. This one came out of left field. I won’t tell you as this one really can be different things to different people.
A continuation of my fascination with geometric shapes. I’m a really good metal box maker now.
He looks really good in the snow too.
Size: 8′ x 5′ x 3′
Price: Not For Sale
Atacama and Mojave
Riding the rails – a metaphor for freedom from responsibility. Whenever I go anywhere I’m always looking into dumpsters and such for scraps of metal. Much of this sculpture comes from a dive into a dumpster near a local railroad construction project. I must have dug for a couple of hours picking the pieces that spoke to me. And then I held on to them for years. Like a fine wine, the components finally came together.
Patinated steel, 98″ x 12″ x 12″ on a 24″ x 24″ base.
Family Time on the Sofa
This piece is currently in Decatur, IN at the Decatur Sculpture Tour, where is won the Inspiration Award.
We love to watch movies. There’s nothing better than a cold and snowy evening huddled in front of the TV with your family, some popcorn and a great movie. Call it family bonding time. Come and join us.
Patinated and painted steel, 8’ x 3’x 4’
The genesis of the piece was interesting. It originally was accepted as something completely different. Did quite a bit of experimentation too — it uses a solar panel to charge a battery to run electroluminescent wire.
Birds of a feather are mad together. I often find my inspiration in the digital world. This one is courtesy of the most popular mobile game, Angry Birds.
Painted and patinated steel with Electroluminescent wire powered by solar panel. 8’ x 5’x 4’
3d6+4 was a really fun one to make. It represents a lot of great times with friends in family. It is currently in Mason City, IA in the River City on Parade program.
Dice are fun. For many, dice mean gambling. It’s much more personal for me. I’ve spent hours playing dice games with my family (Yahtzee!). And many, many more hours during role-playing games with my friends. Games where the roll of the dice meant life or death for our alter egos.
Painted steel, 8’ x 5’ x 4’