I saw the call for art to draw attention to the imminent demolition of Notre Dame des Canadiens in Worcester. The pictures of the west facade reminded me of Monet's studies of Rouen cathedral. I just had to open up my oils (with pliers) from fifty years ago and do this sunset version.
28ins x 22ins.; oil on canvas
The artwork that resulted from the call, including this, will be going up at the Pop Up at 20 Franklin Street Worcester, July 21 5-9 pm. Then at the Sprinkler Factory in August.
I have had difficulty settling on a title that would
not influence the viewer with regard to their own interpretation. I wanted to
explore further the shape produced by joining two steel strips along a curved
edge that I used in “Next Stop Shibuya”. The simple act of joining two simple
shaped sheets can produce a three-dimensional object that reminds me of my
times in Japan.I also wanted to
challenge myself to create a horizontal piece, and to explore contrasting planes
with tubes. The resulting arched shape of the sheets suggested to me a
recumbent person, the tubing providing support; I was reminded of the emotions
provoked by “Pieta”. The contrasting shapes may suggest conflict or tension to
some, whereas the composition may suggest the opposite to others. I would be
happy to have this reworked in either stainless steel or bronze for a permanent
piece at a hospital, or war memorial, and re-titled appropriately.
There is a tab for “Past Issues” scroll down to reach July
28, 2017 Blackstone Valley North. “Focus on Artists” is on page 18.
I did an half-hour TV show, on Upton Community TV on which, among
other things, I described the process for creating “Distant” which is currently
at SculptureNow at The Mount in Lennox. Here’s the YouTube link:
I have sculptures in two outdoor shows that have receptions and tours with artist talks on Sunday June 11th. ArtintheParkWorcester at Elm Park in Worcester, and SculptureNow2017 at The Mount in Lenox. Each will make for a grand day out and a chance to see some great pieces of outdoor sculpture.