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Friday, November 13, 2009

Demented Torture Wall Sculpture ... The Psychology Behind Dark Gothic Art

I sure hope that you weren't expecting a discussion about why a sculptor creates dark sculptures. All that I can say about it personally is that it feels cleansing. Besides that, it's just another day in my demented, tortured world ...
Why can't everyone be this happy?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wind Sculptures ... Time To Play!!!

I fabricated these fiberglass panels and then let the wind do the rest.
One of the more colorful and active pecan groves you'll see in the county.

This is the kind of stuff that keeps me young!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wall Sculpture Exercise ... Create & Destroy

I have to do this little creative sculpture technique every now and then to keep everything balanced. I create a wall sculpture (or any other type of sculpture) and then destroy it. The lesson supposed to teach me to learn to let go of my sculpted creations without getting too attached. This is something that I have heard certain sculptors discussing before in sculpture forums and this is one of the better actions to take to remedy that mindset. For this exercise I simply fastened a few 4" thick foam squares to my relief board with a general idea of what I wanted to create, which was, at a minimum, a larger than life male head and torso wall sculpture and see how far that I could get in two hours.

Here is the end result after two hours. Understand that I am leaving out a great deal of in-between working time but the majority of time spent was taking large slabs of sculpting clay and jamming it all around the foam squares as I 'fleshed out' my form.

I came back later that night and took this photo before I tore it down. I have to admit that I really wasn't pleased by the destruction but I know that it's a necessary evil that produces, I believe, better sculpted art works down the road.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Gargoyles Here!!! Gargoyles There!!! Gargoyle Art Sculpture Everywhere!!!

One of my gargoyle's standing by his victim. LOL

Gargoyles hanging from buildings everywhere!!!

Without a doubt, one of my favorite art forms

Medieval Torture Sculpture + Evil Spirits = A Unique Garden Decor

It's an amazing facet of creative thinking where we begin with an idea that eventually materializes in a completely different way than we had originally imagined. I had started a sculpture where I wanted to explore the facial traumas that professional fighters endure for their chosen sport.

As I got further into the work however, I suddenly, and unexpectedly, changed direction and decided to parallel how politics, religion, the media, etc, etc, ad nauseum, attempts to control our thinking, day in and day out, by showing us the images and the stories that they think we should see or hear. What better way to expand on that idea than showing a device securely strapped over a head, which severely restricts our ability to hear and see, and that effectively silences our freedom of speech?
Even though I had never sculpted anything similar to this before, doing this garden art statuary bust was strangely cathartic for me. You may or may not agree with my thinking on this but you have to admit that mounting a casting of this head in your flower bed would forever protect you from evil spirits and create a very special garden decor aura all your own.

You may even attract a little attention from your neighbors in the process.