Metal Sculpture | Kinetic Art | Mobiles
Bring the metal to life. This is my mantra as an artist.
Stainless steel is my main medium of expression. My process integrates fluid shapes, kinetic motion, sensual form, reflective light and rich color to transform a sheet of cold, hard steel. The materials and methods of construction give permanence to my dreams.
My skills and understanding of metal and mechanics were honed over many years spent collecting and restoring classic Porsche sports cards, Harley Davidson, Indian and BMW motorcycles. These pursuits -- and a thirty year career designing, marketing and installing large-scale air pollution control and process equipment for industrial and government projects -- are the foundation for the artwork I produce today.
While that background may seem unusual for an artist, my earliest memories are of being surrounded by art and antiquities. My mother was an accomplished painter; my grandparents and parents had antique shops and galleries. However, it was a distinct experience when I was twelve that sparked my future life as an artist.
In 1964 while visiting our grandparents in New York City, my brothers and I were taken to the Calder exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum. To that point, whenever we entered a gallery, museum or antique shop, the words we heard were, "Boys, put your hands in your pockets and do not touch anything."
Then came the Calder exhibit. As I stood before one of Calder's sculptures, the docent said to me, "Go ahead, son, make it move; bring it to life."
The docent's invitation was both a delight and a revelation. In that moment the world of art expanded to include more than objects hanging on walls or sitting on shelves gathering dust and admiration.
That's where is started for me as an artist. Bring the metal to life.
My work is in private collections and shown in galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe.
PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS (Permanent)
September 2010 "WEEEEE" - kinetic metal sculpture, painted & polished stainless steel on aluminum pole, 19' H x 12' W (approx.), Wolfstein Sculpture Park, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California
November 2009 "MY BIKE" - kinetic metal sculpture, painted & polished stainless steel on aluminum pole, 13' H x 8' W (approx.), San Diego Unified Port District Public Art Program, Tidelands Park, Coronado, California
April 2008 "CALDERBERRY TREE" - kinetic metal sculpture, painted & polished stainless steel on aluminum pole, 18' H x 12' W (approx.), Arts for Healing Program, Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas, California
June 2006 "WINDANCER" (created with Ken Chytraus) - kinetic metal sculpture, copper on carbon steel pole, 18' H x 8' W (approx.), Wolfstein Sculpture Park, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California
PUBLIC ART EXHIBITIONS
October 2010 - October 2011 "SWEET MUSIC" - City of Manhattan Beach, CA, Sculpture Garden II Exhibition
August 2009 - September 2010 "SWEET MUSIC" - Urban Trees 6, Port of San Diego Public Art Program
June 2009 - June 2010 "LOVE MY BIKE" and "FOUR SEASONS" - City of Manhattan Beach, CA, Sculpture Garden I Exhibition
July 2008 - July 2009 "MY BIKE" - Urban Trees 5, Port of San Diego Public Art Program
June 2007 - June 2008 "FOUR SEASONS" - Urban Trees 4, Port of San Diego Public Art Program
April 2006 - April 2007 "CALDERBERRY TREE" - Urban Trees 3, Port of San Diego Public Art Program
February 2005 - April 2006 "WINDANCER" (created with Ken Chytraus) - Urban Trees 2, Port of San Diego Public Art Program