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Bill Vielehr

PO Box 19734
Boulder, CO 80308-2734, U.S.A.
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Phone: 303.443.9657     Fax: 303.443.9657

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Form, color, line, composition, and texture. Tactile and visual. Balance and formal visual art concepts. These are the basis of my three-dimensional drawings that act as the vehicle for me to physically express my interests. The process is the real message. Free-standing walls or wall treatments have all the classic art elements — and — an environmental key: reflection. My sculptures are drawings in wax cast into aluminum or bronze. The negative line is created by pressing the sharp end of a steel tool into the wax. The resultant graphic quality is inherent to the process. Textured areas are built up with slowly hardening wax using a palette knife on a wax sheet, similar to texturing an oil painting. Each section of the sculptures is cast, fabricated, and welded. This process produces irregular surfaces which reflect the color and light from their surroundings, creating a continuously changing visual pattern which is attractive and exciting. This positive enhancement of the sculptures by the environment includes passersby and the different moods of the four seasons. The work I am involved with at this point is people friendly and inviting, usually free-standing walls or wall works, full of sculptural elements and sometimes incorporating seating. The sculptures are designed to draw people to them — to walk around and touch them — delighting each viewer with the variety of texture, color, form, and discovery of theme. My work is very tactile and intensely visual because of the use of lines and texture contrasting with the highly polished surfaces. Many site specific works seem to be caught in time, to be particular to the present. I prefer to pursue a timeless quality in my work, a breach of culture, time, and technique that transcends the immediacy. The perception of now can appear shallow, and the depth of tomorrow and yesterday can be emphasized. I attempt to use contemporary and historic effects together to make the work timeless and ageless — prompting us to relate forward and backward simultaneously.