All posts by sculpturemk

New Works for Sandra Lee Gallery Exhibit

Here is a preview of new works that will be exhibited at Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco  from August 7th thru August 31st  (251 Post Street, San Francisco).  The Opening Reception will be on Sat. August 11th from 4p.m. to 6p.m.

Bending Time 6'5" x 28" x 42"
Bending Time 6'5" x 28" x 42"
Lifting 6' 1" x 43" x 36"

Wall Street 26" x 11" x 11"
Tomorrow Land 15" x 13" x 8"
Synchronicity 24" x 16.5" x 10"
Starting Over 32" x 17" x 8"
Sky Writer 26.5" x 29.5" x 9"
Other Worlds I See 21.5" x 13.75" x 5"
Living Large 25" x 16" x 11"
Learning To Fly 16" x 11" x 11"
For The Joy Of It 16" x 8" x 7"
In The Moment 15" x 13" x 10"
Garrulous 17" x 14" x 11"
Befallen 26" x 22" x 12"

Oh To Be Copper

Image of Fold forming copper sample
4 x 5 inch sample of hammered and formed sheet copper

Recently I began adventuring into the process of hammering and forming copper with the new tools I mentioned in a recent post.   It is the start of an amazing journey and as I often do, I find analogies between sculpting and broader life experience.   With a bit of hammering and bending of a piece of thin soft copper, a beautiful rich landscape emerges.  I think it’s the same for us as human beings.  We start with almost no form or character,  but as we undergo both the gentle shaping and hard hammering of life, we transform. We become rich.  If we are lucky we retain the ability to anneal, to re-soften and re-form like copper.  To become more and more beautiful.  Oh…..to be like copper.

Getting Loose

When you first learn a new skill, craft or art form you often bring a freshness and passion that tends to get lost as it becomes more practiced and refined.  Raw energy is sublimated beneath technical control.  Randomness and  instinct become patterned and trained.   It is hard to stay loose and spontaneous.

Because I experience this in my own sculpting I was pleased at a recent request to help translate a friend’s life changing experience into a 3-d reminder.  While speeding down the highway on a motor scooter road trip, my friend skidded on a patch of gravel and crashed, narrowly missing eternity.   He gathered remnants of his bike and brought them to me to construct a sculpture that he could keep as a reminder to slow down in all aspects of his life and a provoke thought about why he’d been in such a hurry.

To work with him on such a visceral project I stepped completely out of my normal working approach and rhythm.  The result was a sculpture with a directness and naivete that had nearly disappeared from my sculpting repertoire.   It was immensely energizing and a great way to start 2012.  Hope you like it:

 

"Speeding Nowhere" Mixed media scooter crash remnants.

 

 

Me and a National Art Project

 

Steel Wall relief, Perfectly Radiant, 26" x 20" x 4"

Hello friends and collectors……..

The Patron corporation (yes—the Tequila folks) is producing a national holiday art project that will benefit one non-profit art organization in each of four major U.S. cities;  Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.  I had the honor of being selected by Patron as one of seven artists from each organization to create artwork in a downtown storefront,  in view of public passersby.  Creation of the artwork was filmed, with time-lapse videos available on YouTube.   Artworks made in the temporary storefront  studios are being auctioned by Patron on E-bay with all proceeds (plus an additional donation from Patron) going to the non-profit art organizations.

Sale of my artwork through the Patron auction will benefit  the Artists Guild of San Francisco of which I have been a member for over 15 years.   The Guild has been key in my success as a professional artist; I would very much appreciate you supporting this excellent organization by bidding on the wall sculpture shown above  (steel, about 26 inches tall).

Please check out the auction site at: www.eliminateregifting.com

Due to unfortunate difficulties, video of me creating the artwork is not available,  but many other interesting videos of artists working on this project are available at:       Patron Project 2011

Thanks for your time, attention and support.

Happy New Year!

Marilyn

Try A Little Perspective Shift

Maybe looking at sculpture can provide a little life lesson now and then. When viewing sculpture, even a small shift in perspective, where your place your focus, the time of day, how close you stand, can make a big difference in what you see and how you respond.  Recently I was photographing a sculpture from several angles in order to convey it’s full character to a client who had never seen it in person.  While shooting from many angles I started thinking about a situation in my personal life.  I thought about the parallel between viewing my sculptures and the issues in my life.  Where was my focus, what was my perspective, how close was I?  If I shifted just a little, how would I feel or respond.  It’s not a new lesson; just one I seem to learn and forget and have to re-learn.  Please enjoy these views of “Here and Now” taken not far from the welding table.

San Franciso Open Studio–in only 4 days!!

The view from the welding table is toward the patina booth, and is pretty chaotic as final touches are put on new work for Hunters Point Open Studio.  It’s October 29th and 30th. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.—lots of free parking–over 180 artists!   Need a map?

It's topsy turvy at the patina booth as San Francisco Open Studio nears!

I hope you’ll be able to come check out some of my new work.   Here’s a sample of what these little cups of patina chemicals can accomplish:

This is pretty much the launch of this blog.   I will update about every 2 weeks with news of Kuksht Sculpture……thoughts and tips…….links to other artists and art.  I hope you will find a few things of interest.    Cheers!

 

Screamin’ Yellow Zonkers

Remember that 70’s era black and yellow box of really yellow carmel corn?  Well here’s a sculpture that rivals that wild yellow.   It’s a garden sculpture installed recently at a private home near Palo Alto.  It has a more mellow underlying theme…..it’s called “The Journey Home”.   No matter how obvious the destination, our trajectory often meanders.

Steel Garden Sculpture: "The Journey Home"