Wire Sculptures

"Drawing in Three Dimensions"

Sculpture is not a new thing for me, but it is not a medium I have ever seriously worked in. I have dabbled here and there to keep my mind moving in various directions, but rarely shown much of my sculpture work. Ever since I can remember, I have been drawn to the qualities of sculptures made from metal. Perhaps it is the strength of the material, or the process of working with it, but I have been known to go out of my way to work with the medium at times.

In high school I created a wire sculpture of a massive hand holding a gold ball measuring 5’x3’x2’. It was a big hit, but it was also trouble for storage. I also had created my first wire sculpture of a combat boot which quickly sold. Similarly, I created a large figure inspired by my small gesture studies that I seem to create when I pick up a small length of wire that might be lying around when I was in college. This sculpture also measured about 8’ tall and was trouble for storage so it lasted less time than the hand.

After leaving college, I was again allowed the opportunity to work in sculpture, but not on my accord, but rather as an assistant to the sculptor, Robert Cole. He produced large scale metal sculptures using a direct metal technique. Similar to when I was in college, I would find myself creating small gesture studies usually of figures using the fill wire that had been discarded. I never kept any of these sculptures, but I understood that they had an interesting quality that was different from my other works of art. I have noticed that wire has a quality much like line in drawing, hence the title of this series of works, “Drawing in three dimensions”. I have been given the opportunity this past year or so to instruct three dimensional design at the Art Institute of Washington in which I have incorporated an assignment geared towards this concept. Alexander Calder amongst other artists had noticed that different kind of wires held different qualities which are much like your different line qualities in a two dimensional drawing.

The sculptures that I have created with wire are meant to react to these concepts. The addition of a third dimension allows me to explore form in a more imaginative way than I might on paper, and I find that these sculptures tend to take a life of their own as they rarely are drawn from actual models but rather I start a line and see where it leads many times in a very spontaneous and expressionistic way.