Artist's Sculpture Statement
Oftentimes, my mirror image reminds me of a
clown juggling three different hats. The first hat identifies me as a visual
artist; the second, as a performing artist (past and present); and the third, as
a literary artist, although that’s the least of the three. The past part of
the performing arts has to do with the fact that I played offensive guard for
the Steelers in the middle to late sixties. Certain quarterbacks I attempted to
protect for might have valid reasons to dispute my using the word
"performance" as to my blocking efficiency, but you can’t please
everyone all the time, now can you.
And the present aspect of the performing
artist has to do with a youth activity I recently developed involving the
movement of participants through a graphic course with accompanying religious
commentary I coined, The Religious Relay." This gig can be coupled
with a following storytelling episode of a selected anecdote from my book
entitled, Unscripted and Unsung, with a religious follow-up
commentary, corresponding painting, and a questions and answer session,
with/without autographs following.
Sculpture out of glass block started to evolve for me in the 1980s after
rescuing some vintage blocks from my parents’ motel before it was razed for
development. Glass block is extremely durable, and is sophisticated enough to be
exhibited indoors as well as out. As freestanding sculpture, it heightens and
compliments other glass block, which might already be integrated into the
architecture. Its light-defusing qualities allow artificial light to be captured
and transmitted from the piece itself instead of merely reflecting light. They
can be illuminated with fluorescent, neon, or projection lighting.
There are a limited number of shapes
available to work with in glass block; however, this apparent limitation adds a
whimsical nature to the pieces. The viewer, at times, must become interactive
and connect the dots, so to speak, in order to make the reality connection.
These sculptures can enliven a commercial façade, add pizzazz to an
entranceway, give positive ambiance to any room, or be that extra special
something (conversation piece) you were looking for to go alongside your pool or
in your garden.
Many sculptures can also function as tables
by incorporating an appreciable amount of flat area of glass block into their
configurations. For example, just recently, I completed an esthetic but
functional commissioned centerpiece for the University of Tampa Food Service
that mirrored their old Moorish architecture of the curved domed rotunda, spire,
and balancing moon, done all out of glass block and illuminated with revolving
multi-colored lights. This sculpture, which was also designed to be
transportable, was received so enthusiastically that they are requesting another
one, more grandiose, but to be permanently placed.
I have the means and the knowledge to depict
beforehand exactly what the sculptures would look like placed into your
particular environment, be it residential or commercial. Some of the sculptures
are also available for exhibition purposes on a temporary basis for special
events. In that regard, I could, if desired, avail myself to interact with your
clientele while the piece(s) are on display.
For more detailed information contact me in Tampa at 813-237-1624, or email me at email@example.com.