Nature Abstracted: Metal Sculptures Inspired by Nature
a new leaf gallery I sculpturesite is pleased to present an exhibition of sculptures inspired by nature in fabricated steel, stainless steel, bronze and aluminum by Matt Devine, Jon Krawczyk and Rob Lorenson. Most works are suitable for outdoor and indoor settings.
DEVINE - Matt Devine is a self-taught Southern California sculptor, whose works can be found in private and corporate/public collections in California, Australia and Asia. He is known for assembling compositions of nature-inspired simple shapes into free-standing or wall-hung sculptures that create a powerful presence in the space they occupy. Devine is joining our stable of sculptors with this show.
“The use of systematic repetition, intentional minimalism and controlled multiplicity are themes through which to quell inner struggle”, says Devine. At 108” tall, “Red Tide” is the largest work in this exhibition, sited on the gallery’s back patio. The flawlessly constructed sculpture evokes seaweed in a strong ocean current. “Winter” is a 48” square wall configuration of snow-covered sticks –the quiet of white on white, inhabited by dramatic shadows. In “La Brea,” Devine acts as the wind, assembling tar-covered steel sticks into a graceful whirlwind of black lines. This first major showing of Devine’s works in a Northern California gallery includes three wall works and five free-standing sculptures. Devine is joining our stable of sculptors with this show.
KRAWCZYK - Also from Southern California, and new to a new leaf gallery I sculpturesite but already recognized for his uncanny ability to turn sheet metal into highly complex biomorphic sculptures, Jon Krawczyk graduated from Connecticut College, then studied fine art in Europe, where he discovered modern sculpture. Having apprenticed with several major figures in American contemporary sculpture, including gallery artists Hans Van de Bovenkamp and Bill Barrett, Krawczyk has quickly developed his own approach to thoughtful constructions of metal forms that appear un-constructed.
A terrifying wildfire that stopped next door to Krawczyk’s home and studio in Malibu is actualized in the constant twists and turns of “Smoke,” a bold vertical piece in stainless steel, which stands in apparent defiance of gravity to illustrate the breathtaking beauty of fire. In “Canyon Road,” the sculptor articulates the facets of a vaguely human bronze boulder with extraordinarily colored patinas, ranging from blood red to South Seas turquoise. Five works by Krawczyk exemplify the way in which the young sculptor continuously breaks new boundaries with the physical properties inherent to metal and renders fluid organic forms.
LORENSON - “The elements of my work exist in suspended animation. They are situated as though to freeze a moment in time in which they exist effortlessly in space,” says Rob Lorenson. The Massachusetts sculptor, who holds an MFA in sculpture from Northern Illinois University, juggles hard-edged geometric shapes and they seem to land on their own, in asymmetric, dynamic shapes. The nature-based references in Lorenson’s work are iconic: sun, moon, ice, tree, grass, bird and insect are reduced to the most minimal expression, further simplified by the monochromatic painting, yet the energy Lorenson releases in each work is very much alive.
Either the sun or the moon (or both in Lorenson’s Eclipse series) constantly presides over the work, as they of course do for us Earth-dwellers, and it is that constant of the circle the other elements cling to that continually energizes Lorenson’s compositions. Lorenson most often breaks the circle, in a signature detail that further throws the sculptures off-balance, but never confuses them. Lorenson presents five recent works at various scales. The tallest at 80”, “Untitled Rhythm” is a strong lemon yellow and associates three gentle arcs to the sun shape. “White Heat,” a horizontal work that seems to be resting, evokes the heaviness of long, snow-covered winters.