Monday, June 25, 2012

Red Dancer

          "Red Dancer" is in production for the International Sculpture Exhibition in Chicago to coincide with the International Sculpture Conference this coming October. This work will emerge as the child at 17' and be located adjacent to "Buckingham Fountain", one of Chicagos' most significant landmarks. 
           The paradoxical nature of this post-industrial form functions as both sign and signifier in the public realm. It looks up to the sky through the ohm on top and at the same time looks at the viewer. What is front and what is back engages the viewer within the gestalt. The creative process continues a long tradition of makers (not arrangers or scavengers) working with steel from Julio Gonzalez to David Smith and Mark DiSuvero. These are artists with a vision that create works founded in labor, structure, and individual expression.
             Beginning with a small scale conception naturally formed by hand without equipment, Red Dancer evolves to the next generation with industrial forming equipment. Roll forming a series of Arcs that are cut and spliced together,like a film sequence, creates the fluid lines establishing structure.
            The work has moved from the industrial area of Detroit to the rural area of Frankfort Michigan where the cutting and fitting of the arcs will take place.

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