Solo Exhibit/ Residency-Workshop:
“In the Studio-LIVE Part-2”
Bethel College, Robert W. Regier Gallery, Newton, Kansas
Video Interview and Exhibit Overview
The following photographs and video are of the overall exhibit and the maquettes built during the residency-workshop, “In the Studio-LIVE”. During this residency, I built a mock-up of my studio with workbench, vise, grinder, many hand tools, and a computer for music and internet access. As a starting point for the viewing public, I included 5 existing sculptures. My “supplies stock” consisted of several boxes and buckets of sheet metal, metal rods, wire, assorted bits of found wood, various plastic sheets and found items. More importantly, I brought my “sketchbooks”, 8 of them to be precise. This is where the “interactive” part begins. I ask the visiting students, staff and patrons to peruse the pages of these books and select one or more of these drawings, write their name on a small book mark and tag that page.
The selected sketches became “work orders”.
Each day I selected at random, (or would have someone visiting do as such) one of these sketches. I then would build a first-draft maquette (3-D model) rendering from the 2-D sketch. Over the three week residency, I averaged 19 maquettes and 4 guest lectures in 15 working days.
The single most important part of this exhibit/residency for me is the interaction between art students and patrons.
Most of the selected drawings were not my first choice to work on. I typically did not aesthetically enjoy the design or knew it would be a difficult design to render. In other words, I myself have yet again been pushed past my own limitations, kicked out of my own “box” so to speak. Yet, all in all, I was indeed pleased with the results of these “first-drafts” as were the participating “selectors”.
Since commission work is a key focus and interest, I take the execution and craftsmanship of these designs very seriously. While several of the sketches would not have been my personal choice, I stand by the saying, "The customer is always right".
One added aspect to this exhibit came by way of the Bethel College Symphony Orchestra. The Director, Chris David Westover requested the use of the sculpture “Levered Cymbal” for use by the percussion section during the performance of “Magneticfirefies” by Augusta Read Thomas.
Patrons of the arts, as well as students and educators, in most any of the disciplines, desire to be part of the “process”. They want to and should well be an integral aspect of the art themselves.
Engaging these students and patrons, these “clients” if you will, facilitates the art, the artists and philanthropic community to… evolve.
ANNEX:art STL (St. Louis studios of Pablo Von Lichtenberg)
Week long build of concept maquette studies and exhibit of work during the:
OPEN STUDIO - STL presented by Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
All the “positive space” materials, the wood, linoleum, chair, most of the wire, etc., were found on site in one of the buildings in St. Louis, of recent purchase by ANNEX:art, that is under complete renovation.
"LS1-14 (Lissitzky Suite)"
Bas-Relief, Bronze and Painted Aluminum. 43x73x6
Client, Art Advisory Services Inc. for the Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg, Russia.
“LS1-14 (Lissitzky Suite)” 2014
Bronze and Painted Aluminum.
Inspired by the work of the Russian Avant Garde Master, Elizar (“El”) Lissitzky.
The early twentieth century gave birth to an art movement that stands today as second to none, The Russian Avant Garde.
This movement included artists such as Lissitzky, Malevich, Kandinsky, and many others.
These masters influenced others to come in Europe and America such as Miro, Schwitters, Calder and others as well as so much of the mid and late twentieth century contemporary graphic designs from jewelry to commercial use.
I have been educated and motivated by Lissitzky’s ability to speak so vividly, so intently with so few words. The voice speaks directly to the psyche using simple shape and color that our minds respond to in a sharp focus. These shapes and colors evoke an inner strength and motivation to move forth, to evolve.
The background of this sculpture plays as an homage to those shapes, those colors, while acting as an anchor for the deeper relief, shapes and materials I have been inspired to create and make use of as a result of being educated and so very much inspired by Lissitzky’s work.
Kansas Health Foundation/ Kansas Leadership Center. Wichita, KS.
"KLC1-13" (Moving in Stereo)" 2013. Bronze, Stainless, Aluminum. 8'x16' variable.
Steven Gleissner Art Consultant.
Installation, October 2013
This work is an abstraction of the building and its occupants. The hard angles and starkness of the aluminum panels represent the architecture, the windows and doorways that are traversed by the people. The organic side built of bronze panels and curved stainless rods reflect the people and their movements in and throughout the structure. Often buildings and their occupants influence one another in a variety of ways. Such is with this sculpture. Depending on the angle of view, which is varied through the multiple of window walls, the view of the organic side or the architectural side intermingle and change in perceived balance.
Installation time-lapse video.
International Sculpture Center World Conference.
December 1-4, 2013. Miami.
Link to ISC
My submission for the "little SCULPTURE" exhibit at Fountainhead Studios during the conference. Bronze, 8inX8inX8in, 2013
KMUW membership drive, Fall 2013.
Pledge Drive Premium page.
3-D work featured on KMUW Coffee mug and T-Shirt design.
All photography and graphic design by and courtesy of KMUW.
KMUW/ Wichita State University. Permanent Collection.
LINK to KMUW Radio
"SP1-13" (Self Portrait-1 2013)
This sculpture is a "self-portrait" of the "process" of my work. My personal image is pointless.
The imagery of the processes in work, the materials implemented, the tools and the origins of all the above are the true interest when studying the artists.
Here you see the bench vise, hammer and assorted clamps. These tools are holding in place the myriad of materials I've used for years. I've built work with scrap metal plate and found items such as Erector Set parts, clothes hangers and yes, colored vinyl records.
I typically use round rod of all basic metals, bronze, steel, brass and aluminum. So, this image is a more accurate representation of me as an artist than, well....................my ever-aging face.
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"In the Studio...LIVE"
Steckline Gallery, Newman University, Wichita, KS
This was an on-site live exhibition build/residency. I built a mock copy of my studio with workbench, tools, supplies such as metal rods, wire and sheetmetal, computer for music/ internet, several item of decor such as self-portrait painting of my mother's, photos of decease colleagues, award letters as well as several rejection letters.
For 3 solid weeks, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm I worked on new sculpture. I brought with me a stack of my sketchbooks. I invited the students and other visitors to select for me, designs from my sketchbooks to challenge my creativity. I built the works selected by these interactive companions.
Selections were indeed a challenge. Most sketches were not of personal or visual aesthetic interest to me. Since commission work is my key focus and interest, I stand by the saying, "The customer is always right".
Therefore I take the execution and craftsmanship of the work very seriously.
I am very pleased with the results of all the work. The "clients" were all pleased with their selections and the renderings.
The single most important part of this exhibit/residency for me became the beginnings of the "bas-relief" works. I had of yet taken or made the opportunity to execute any of the many bas-relief works I have sketched.
Therefore, thanks to the interaction of art students and art lovers, I myself have yet again been pushed past my own limitations, kicked out of my own box so to speak.
Look for many upcoming bas-relief works in the future.
Steckline exhibit photo samples below.
The Dora Timmerman Interactive Sculpture Project / WSU Foundation
Beech Elementary. Wichita, Kansas
This was a collaborative project with the 5th grade class of Beech Elementary to design and build a sculpture for the permanent collection of Beech Elementary school.
75 Students design individual workson paper and then built small scale working models they retained for their personal collections. I then extrapolated a single design from the student designs and built the sculpture. Hence the students are the "Artist" and I became the "Fabricator".
The basic intent of this annual project is for regional sculptors to interact with students and assist onsite educators of the USD259.
At the end of the day, it is the students that indeed teach ME.
Below is study sketch of sculpture, formulated from a compilation of drawings from the students and the final install as well.
International Sculpture Center.
Sponsored by ISC and Sculpture magazine.
Chicago, Ill.Oct, 2012.
Below: "ISC1-12" 2012 Bronze, 6"x6"x6".
Work created for the small works exhibit of ISC members during convention.
Maquette for monmental proposal.
ISC Artist talks, "Art-Slam".
My 10 minute talk regarding inspration, intent, process and materials.
Andover City Library
With Martha Wherry, Painter.
Martha and I are working from the regional influence of our “flatland, big-sky” landscape.
Oct, 2012. On display through October:
"Flint Hills #1" 2012.
Abstract rendering of the Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge.
Installed as a triptych untill space allows for final framework armature.
“Small Works”. Series Exhibits:
ARTWORKS (Wichita, KS),
Opening reception, Sept, 29, 2012-Oct, 22, 2012
STRECKER NELSON Gallery (Manhattan, KS),
"Animalia" Group Exhibit.
Opening, Sept, 21, 2012- Oct, 22, 2012
Peterson Elementary (Wichita, KS).
Collaboration project with Peterson 5th graders
of school year 2011-2012.
The students executed design drawings of
their idea for a mobile sculpture. I built the work
from design aspects derived from 100 plus drawings.
Installation/ presentation, May, 2012.