Project Room- Pins & Needles
Scott Radke was born in 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Strongsville, a small suburb. His work has appeared in various magazines and publications such as DPI Magazine, Hi Fructose, Skratch, and others. His marionette work has appeared in various films and videos such as the feature film “Desolation Sound” staring Jennifer Beals, the "Voices In My Head" documentary for the BBC that was directed by David Malone, as well as the music video for “Blue” from the band The Birthday Massacre. Radke’s marionette construction has lead to more sculpture based work and his attempt to become more a part of the gallery/fine art world. He has shown in group shows at BLK/MRKT Gallery, Jonathan LeVine's former Tin Man Alley, M Modern Gallery, and others. He currently lives with his wife, choreographer Sarah Morrison, and their 2 year old daughter Isabella in Cleveland.
Scott Radke’s website: www.scottradke.com
Kevin Titzer creates three-dimensional sculptures using wood, metal, and other debris found near his home by the Ohio River. Born in 1972, the Evansville, Indiana, native has been making art for most of his life and has gained recognition in galleries across the country over the last few years.
"My process is fairly simple. I start off with driftwood that I collect from the Ohio River. Back at my studio I start to rough out the figure with hand tools. Typically the torso, legs, and base are all one piece of wood. The circumference of the base is the size of the log I started with. A head, arms, and hands are carved from smaller pieces of driftwood.
The next step is painting. I use many washes of acrylic paint on areas I want to represent skin. All of the wooden pieces are then attached with wooden pegs. When this is done I begin surfacing the outside with metal. In the past I have used rain gutters, candy boxes, ceiling tin, tackle boxes, and anything I can cut with hand sheers. This material is attached to the wood with many, many tiny nails. Except for these nails and the paint, everything else I use to make my art is scavenged or recycled.
At the end of the process, I often fashion props for my figures to suggest a narrative. I enjoy telling open-ended stories with my work."
Kevin Titzer’s website: www.kevintitzer.com