After the completion of Standing Knife Edge, I found myself spending time on a new sketch. I had a really rough idea that I thought had some potential, but was not yet sufficiently developed. You can see it here… It was poorly thought out and lacked “cohesion” for lack of a better word. When looking […]
Taking a bit longer than expected, I finally completed this new piece I’m calling Standing Knife Edge. It has a really great presence to it… the way it transitions from thin edge to expanding, space-encompassing form just sings. I’m very proud of this piece. The name references a sculpture that I love by Henry Moore […]
I just got a head’s up from my printmaker friend Nick Wroblewski that he was recently featured in a beautiful photo essay by Ray + Kelly. This really is a stunning series of images. The intimate and graceful quality of these pictures perfectly compliments the beautiful immediacy of Nick’s work, his new studio and growing […]
I’m still under the weather here, but in the meantime check out the great work by Matthew Gray Palmer. I met Matthew years ago when we were doing a show together and was immediately impressed by the quality and spontaneity in his work. Those two things don’t usually work well together for most people. In […]
If you’ve never seen the work of Kris Kuksi, you really need to pay his site a visit. Though he does some 2D as well, I think of him primarily as a sculptor. His detail-rich sculptures are worlds unto themselves. Like Nature itself, you can just fall into them and explore. Though thematically there […]
I recently discovered these stunning sculptures by fellow Minnesota sculptor Aaron Spangler. His work no doubt needs to be fully appreciated in person, but the images are enough to cause me to flutter with excitement. Though carved in basswood, they really look like they were hewn from the soil itself. These are fully realized works […]
I rarely show anyone sketches or working drawings for sculptures. If you happen to drop by the studio and see the materials scattered about, that’s fine. In fact, feel free to page through the stacks of drawings on the counter as well. Knock yourself out, you might find something interesting. It’s not for any ideological […]
Another great artist/craftsman I met recently was Brad Smith. Check out his studio at Bradford Woodworking. I really like his tagline – “farm fresh furniture” – because it perfectly describes the kind of work he does. Well-crafted and honest with subtle detail and humor, his furniture is the kind you would be glad to live […]
I was delighted to run across a great woodworker again, Michael Bauermeister, on my last trip. I first met him in Milwaukee a couple years back and was immediately impressed by the craftsmanship, sensitivity and and subtle playfulness of his work. He had some new open-form, lattice-like vessels that were very striking and new to […]
If I try really hard, I can recall this vague feeling from when I was younger… Almost obsessively, I would ruminate on what it must feel like to be truly excellent at something. Imagine you are Michelangelo or Michael Jordan, it doesn’t particularly matter. But what does matter is that you are at the pinnacle […]
Last weekend the whole family took a short trip up to the Park Point Art Fair in Duluth. We were a little anxious after seeing the massive flooding there on the news, but after confirming our campsite was dry and the show was still on, we loaded into the truck and hit the road. The […]
Walking through my orchard, I noticed a most peculiar thing. There, in a small apple tree, was a frog impaled on a short spike of a branch. But what was a frog doing in a tree? An incredibly curious thing, I was momentarily confused as my mind tried to find an explanation. But soon enough […]
This is some stunning and unexpected work. Craftsmanship and concept working together to create perfectly realized and startling beautiful work. Maskull Lasserre, my hat is off to you.
I put together a short .pdf book about my Reliquiae series of sculptures. Click on the image below to open it or I would suggest right-click-saving due to the size (around 5mb).
If you’d like to follow the creation and fabrication process for one of my sculptures, in this case Nexus, here is a .pdf publication I created. Click on the image below to open it or I would suggest right-click-saving due to the size (around 11mb).
Part of the holiday tradition here is visiting a favorite used book store with the whole family. The past two years have each resulted in Very Important Finds. It is amazing how powerful the Right Book at the Right Time can be. Last year, that book was How to Make a Forest Garden by Patrick […]