2012-2013 Sculpture Exhibit
3rd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition - through March 16, 2013
Wesley Stewart is an MFA Candidate in 3-Dimensional Art at Georgia Southern University. He resides in Statesboro, Georgia.
— "Drawing has and always will be a part of my life. Growing up, I would spend hours drawing—anything and everything within sight. As time passed and my skills became more refined, the mechanical strokes of my pen and the lines themselves became my primary interest.
Line can be taken off the page of a sketchbook and made into a three-dimensional object. Instead of 'drawing' with a pencil or pen, my work is developed from the many tools and techniques around the shop: plasma and saw cutting, the size of the bar, tube, pipe and rod, and rolling and bending the metal. In essence, I am 'sketching ideas in space.' The beauty behind this process is that there is a beginning and end, but how you get there is unknown. There are no mistakes; just better paths.
My father and grandfathers were metal fabricators, so it was only natural that my material of choice would be metal. I grew up around this material and process. Not only does it have a personal connection, but welding also relates to modernity itself and how the world changed with its discovery. So, therefore, I feel that it is my duty and responsibility to not only carry the talents of my family, but of the talents of welders in the world—past and present.
My sculptural work is constantly evolving and reshaping into new forms, but all retain two common elements: line and the idea of 'drawing in space.'"
Tom Holmes was educated in New York, and lives in Greeley, Pennsylvania. He is an artist, musician, and sculptor. He has been self-employed exploring his art since his mid-twenties. He works in stone, metal, wood, light, ice, and water.
— "I am drawn to working in the six elements of stone, metal, wood, light, ice, and water. It gives me the ability to work intuitively. All possibilities can exist briefly before I impose parameters to my emotional and intellectual contexts. The undercurrents of natural decay, unity, duality, symmetry, space, time and dimension are at the heart of my creative energy. Process, for me, is the essence of my art."
Joey Manson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art at Clemson University, teaching Foundations in Art and directing the Lee Hall Materials Lab shared by the Departments of Art, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture. He earned his MFA at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. He has participated in numerous exhibitions and has been awarded several sculptural commissions. He lives in Central, South Carolina.
— "Monument to the Unknown Pilot is a flying saucer or experimental military aircraft shown immediately prior to a crash landing. This sculpture refers to the fascination with UFO’s in American culture and offers recognition for the unknown pilots, either from our military or other places that risked everything to enrich our cultural mythology."
— "Shift is a figurative sculpture depicting both one and several figures. The top of the sculpture refers to rungs of a ladder, and our need to climb, or ascend all things in life."
Damon Lusky lives in Dawsonville, Georgia, where he operates Studio 308. He began his journey in metal arts more than a decade ago. His evolution as a metal artist first began as a self taught practical welder and blacksmith. Over the years he has broadened his range to include participation in local art shows, one man exhibits as well as showcases at local galleries, businesses and residential settings.
— "A passion for metal, a love of organic shapes and textures inspire my use of metal as a medium. Guided by the nature around me, seeing each piece evolve , following the bends, curves and lines of the metal, sometimes manipulating the color myself, other times allowing nature to patina the color for me, make each piece one of kind. I enjoy working on both a large and small scale with a myriad of materials and finishes. Designing many pieces myself bringing to life the ideas of others at times has become a life long passion." Website: http://studio308.com/
Andi Steele received her BFA from the University of South Carolina in 1994 and her MFA in sculpture from the University of Georgia in 2004. Between degrees, Steele spent six years at Penland School of Crafts, participating in the Core Fellowship Program from 1998-99.
In her work, Steele seeks to bring attention to our surrounding environment; what already exists, how we interact with it, how it can be changed. She uses linear elements to create sculptures that shift how we perceive the forms and space around us. She exhibits her work nationally.
Steele currently lives in Wilmington, North Carolina where she is an assistant professor of sculpture at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
— "The lines of Through both divide and encompass space. They frame different areas of the surrounding environment but also create new spaces within the sculpture. The diminishing sizes of the forms emphasize the interior space, inviting the viewer into the form. The interior and exterior become interchangeable, challenging spatial perception."
Jenna Kriegel is a young mixed media sculptor currently living, working and studying in Athens, Georgia. Texas-born and Oklahoma-raised, Jenna uses her own anthology of unique personal experiences of growing up a woman in the conservative social environment of the prairie as the impetus for her work. Jenna's sculptures are amalgamations and criticisms of family narratives and cultural traditions presented through the surrealist collaboration of familiar, often domestic, objects. Conventional southern and women's craft methods, inherent to her upbringing, are employed in tandem with industrial processes and a high art austerity gained through formal education.
Jenna received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in sculpture from the University of Oklahoma in 2011. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture at the University of Georgia where she is currently employed. Her expected graduation date is May 2014.
— "The Best I Could Do is a musing on the topic of resources and intervention. As humans we are pack animals, perpetually trying to strike a balance between consuming what we need to survive and nurturing for the preservation of our own species. What happens when those two roles cannot be reconciled? How do we respond in the extreme absence or presence of another's need? What happens when these sentiments are projected onto non-humans? Is aid really worth the inevitable infantilization that accompanies it? The Best I Could Do is my tangible response to these queries. It is a demonstration of my misdirected empathy and maternal instincts and the futile ridiculousness that results." Website: http://artbyjennak.com
Kyle Van Lusk
Born in the mountains of North Carolina, sculptor Kyle Van Lusk has been inspired by the balance of beauty and strength in the Blue Ridge Mountains since childhood. Lusk continues to create sculpture that manifests this relationship and his affinity for process and materials. Raised in a small community near Brevard, NC, Lusk was encouraged by his parents from an early age to engage in the study of art. His first formal study was at Brevard College, then earned his BFA in 1995 from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Renowned for its excellent sculpture program, East Carolina University was also where Lusk chose to study as a graduate, earning his MFA in Sculpture in 1998. Since completion of his graduate work, Lusk has created and displayed work in several juried public sculpture exhibitions. He also has works in many permanent collections and on loan to college campuses throughout North Carolina. Kyle has taught art at Appalachian State University and currently is Assistant Professor of Art at Brevard College in Brevard, NC. With his wife Heidi, children Declan, Julia, and Ian, Lusk currently resides and maintains his studio in Brevard.
— "I strive to create work that is engaging and original. I primarily work non-objectively so that my intention is to not directly represent an object or individual from life. I do, however, often use proportions and forms from the real world as inspiration. I believe that sculpture should be exciting and new to the viewer and yet still contain an element of familiarity. My hope is that upon experiencing my work the viewer has the feeling of being shown something they have never seen before yet they still feel strong, indefinable and compelling connection." Website: http://www.kvlsculpture.com/
A South Carolina native, Bob Doster has owned and operated his studio and gallery, Backstreet Studios, located in Lancaster, South Carolina, since 1975. His monumental sculptures and functional artwork can be seen in galleries, museums, private collections and in public displays from the corporate collections of Saks Fifth Avenue and Founders Federal Credit Union to the State Art Collection of the SC Arts Commission.
— "Art is conversation between the eyes and the soul….my creations arise from my visual memories as they are experienced in my whole being. My hope is that the viewer will walk away with memories of their own experiences." Website: http://www.bobdoster.com/
Deedee Morrison was born in New Orleans, received her college degree from The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee, and lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been working as a professional studio and public artist for over ten years. Her experience includes a broad spectrum of commissioned work and public art planning and development.
— "Art has value because it affords potential to provoke emotion, soulful thought, glimpses of beauty and realization of those things larger than ourselves. Interaction with sculpture is a tactile experience that allows one the potential to explore intellectually and emotionally, to engage, to enjoy." Website: http://deedeemorrisonsculpture.com/