Mike Roig’s Sculpture in Progress
Like many artists, I’m pretty much a one-man band – with an occasional assist from friends. Often those friends are other one-man-band sculptors who are reciprocally welcome to call on me when they need an extra hand. Consequently, we all develop idiosyncratic approaches to our work, and quirky strategies for problem solving. When I work on commissions I sometimes try to provide both client and whomever else may want to follow along a web window into my process. It’s a view not into the way to make a large-scale public sculpture, just a look at how I do it.
The theme for my winter is an 18-foot sculpture commissioned for the North Carolina zoo in Asheboro. The fabrication process is extensive, requiring attention to detail and structure as I scale up from maquette to full size. In the series of pictures above you see a few snapshots from the fabrication process. Below is a series of views of the base as it first stands vertical.
To see each chapter of this story, check out my website.
Murry Handler Speaks about Working with Black and White
I began my professional career as an artist in NYC at the age of 24, and have been a life-long artist ever since. I am perhaps best known for my dramatic, bold abstract acrylic paintings. I also produce a popular series of ink paintings. These are done with a broad brush, in a minimalist calligraphic style, with only a few well-chosen strokes which evoke figural attitudes. I strive to involve the viewer by leaving much of the canvas as white, negative space, inviting the viewer’s imagination to conjure the rest. I work fast, with a large brush and enjoy creating scenes that evoke nature.
The Attitude Series of works on paper are available in a limited edition of 50 each, and can be seen at FrAnk Gallery in Chapel Hill, Sax Art Gallery in Saxapahaw and at the Handler Studio in Fearrington Village, Pittsboro. A recent work, Horizon #5 demonstrates one sample of a realistic acrylic on canvas painting. Characteristic of my work is the dramatic use of black on white, semi-abstract design and dramatic focus on the horizon. This painting can be seen at the current exhibition at Saxapahaw Art.
Daybreak is a limited edition print (50 only). The medium is ink and acrylic on paper. It presents the abstract style I often use. If you would like to stop by for a visit, my studio is located in Pittsboro, NC. Also, you can check out my website to see the versatility of my paintings.
Pac McClaurin Defines Documenting Place
The concept of a sense of place is very much in vogue these days. I started thinking about this nine years ago when I made a small souvenir photo book for participants in a church sponsored student work camp in Avery and Watauga counties. My task was to document the three weeks of camp and the sites each group of students improved by their labors. I made the books for the leaders. Driving about all over these two mountain counties making photographs gave me a much clearer understanding of the place in which I lived. Being relatively new in the region, this gave me a more deeply felt “sense of place.”
Joel Meyerowitz wrote in his book Creating A Sense of Place, “What exactly is a Sense of Place?” To me, a sense of place means not just what a place actually looks like, but rather, how it feels, what it represents or once represented, and what it might mean to us.
Making images that capture a Sense of Place usually involves expressing symbolic ideas central to the meaning of the place, instead of just descriptively recording its appearance. No single image can usually do this job by itself. To offer a true sense of place, we need to present a number of expressive images about that place, grouping them together as a photographic essay, a picture story, or a series of sequential images. Hopefully, when we have absorbed the meaning of them all, we will feel as if we can grasp the nature of that place.”
Photography has a lot to give to understanding a place as more than a location or landscape. It takes hard work and experience to begin to make photos that dig into the humanistic aspect of the place so that the images reflect the Place. Three basic steps: walk, talk, and click.
Thomson notes: Pac McClaurin recently retired from his position as photography instructor at Appalachian State, and now lives in Chapel Hill. To see how he aptly addresses the circumstance of place, check out his blog which documents his travels to wonderful places, such as Cuba, Spain, and Italy.
To Share our Space in Triangle Arts
Many artists are introverts. They are uncomfortable sharing their vision with others. But there is so much for the community to learn about how they approach their art, what their new ideas for representation are, and their unique processes.
This blog is created to include as many artists’ views as possible. Established. Emerging. Outsiders. Anyone local to our area who is willing to share their perspective with others.
This is also about communication. Commenting. Hoping one idea will spark another. Will lead to a new insight. So come one come all and let’s post your article here.
If you would like to post an article as a guest blogger, just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.