by artist Eric Candee
Smooth river stones, jagged mountain granite and desert sandstone combined with various metals are the symbolic elements Eric has used to create sculpture for the past thirteen years. The stones he choose from the rivers and mountains of the West are used to symbolically represent the environment and its remaining wild places.
Eric’s work and design echoes the natural environment of the Western rivers and mountains with an architectural presentation of stone and metal. The simplicity and contemplative nature of his sculptures convey the environmental/urban connection that emphasizes sustainability and stewardship of the environment. The focus of Eric’s art has been to create contemporary, symbolic “artifacts” that reflect the important connection of our environment and society today. The combination of steel and stone artistically symbolizes this connection. Eric’s experience creating sculpture with the enduring qualities of steel and stone embodies the concepts of sustainability and respect for the environment.
The “River Totem” series utilizes unique and beautiful river stones from the Colorado and Arkansas Rivers in Colorado. Inspired by Native American art, this series symbolizes the importance of water and our rivers in a minimalist design format. The steel beam represents strength and reflects society’s architectural/industrial building materials.
Eric’s believes his work provides access for people to contemplate the importance of the relationship between society and the environment that sustains us
by artist Todd Baker
Todd has been making wood art from reclaimed wood for some time.
As with all of Baker’s this piece is a reflection of what the artist is feeling on the inside when he’s creating the work.
There was no pre-defined plan for the sculpture. As such, there can be no mistakes, no misinterpretations. The resulting image is the patent expression of the passion of the artist and the nature of the material.
The work evokes a different feeling in each person who views the art. There is no right or wrong. Just enjoy the art for what it is.
by artist Ben McCullough
It is Ben’s intent to transcend the common understanding of industrial materials into that which represents its place in the natural world. He feels this is something to be explored in a time where change from over production to smarter, sustainable is in demand.
Ben is constantly investigating systems and processes both old and new and tweaking their intended application in order to explore new possible meanings and create critical discourses. Whether it is through developing alternative methods of mark making or rethinking sculptural techniques to push them into new territory, there is an inherent desire to create a system that causes an initial false interpretation followed by realization of substance.
Concrete, steel and found objects have been a common element in his recent work. These materials have common associations with industrial applications such as roads, buildings and other structures. As we sculpt our world into tomorrow, we seek to re-define interpretations of material and form to create awareness to new possibilities that will lead us into tomorrow.
Ben choose elements that invite the viewer to transcend how humans come to know and develop a relationship between the natural worlds and how we perceive the effects of developing technologies and their role in society throughout time. It is through this physical presence and evidence of process that a conceptual connection is formed in regards to how we see the work in relation our own experiences and understanding.
Wishing-Time, Sweet Time
by Artist E. Spenser Schubert
Everything that has ever broken or swelled my heart has been human. I create artwork that captures moments of private emotion to tell a story to the viewer. This piece is a maquette for a sculpture that will be 6 to 8 feet tall when finished. It is a continuation of a series that uses texture on the surface of a face to allow the viewer to explore the curves and contours of a captured expression. This selection uses dramatic scale to zoom in and confront the viewer with the intimacy of an up close and personal encounter. It will be the first piece in the series to be larger than life size.
by artist Robert Melville Stone
Manti is a human-scale praying mantis sculpted in metal and made from various found objects. Robert enjoys assemblage art, taking found objects and giving them new life in new ways.
Manti was created in Robert’s backyard during most of the hot summer of 2007. The assembly method used was primarily oxy-acetylene brass brazing. Found objects in Manti include: bed frames, bicycle parts, metal fence post caps, grocery store wire racks and metal building studs.
Every attempt has been made to make the piece anatomically correct. Manti stands proudly, year round, among the pampas grass in Roberts front yard, happily greeting passers-by.
by artist Reda Carr
The piece is Reda expressing the loss of her Mother. The work tells a story of loss with a telephone pole like structure to signify communicating with her Mother long distance, the extreme strength of her countenance, the loss of her on call advice. The human form is Reda, clinging to the woman who gave her life and love and the belief that she could achieve anything.
Dominoes and School House Rock
by artist Kenneth Andrew
Kenneth has always been intrigued by simple underling beauty. Not in the dictums at first sight of the material, but a deeper beauty that begs to be explored, understood, and expressed. The aesthetic beauty of simple lines and truth of materials is where Kenneth finds his passion. Kenneth was driven to express his desire to keep learning with an open mind for expression. Therefore a School House were his inspiration. Not a solid structure, but one that allows for interpretation of any passer by. Thereby leaving plenty of room for the viewer to come to their own conclusion as to the solidity of the piece.
Rebirth of Venus
by artist Angelica Sandoval
Angelica’s work deals with ever changing ideals of beauty, explores representations of femininity and maternity. Figure study is a constant thread that continues to be part of the research of my work. Venus” of Willendorf, the first early image of a woman, is the inspiration behind my clay figure. The original Venus de Willendorf is a small stone sculpture of what is believe to be the first idealizes female form. Similar to the Venus of Willendorf, this figure has an enlarged belly, larger hips and breasts. The enlarged features are intended to accentuate the areas of the female figure that house and nurture an infant. Although, Venus of Willendorf is assumed to be a fertility symbol, my figure exploits those characteristics. In contrast to the size of the original Venus of Willendorf, this figure is larger than life size to demonstrate the strength of her character, a symbol of fertility. I specifically intended for the figure not to have arms, as a reminiscent of historical Greek sculpture that have lost their arms throughout the years. To distill and make relevant, my figure draws upon historical depictions of goddesses.