THE JOY OF ART #22, “Stoical Ruins”, 2020 - 2022.
In this "Joy of Art” letter I want to pay tribute to all the men, women, and children
in Ukraine today. May they soon again share the joys of life.
A few days before the end of WW2 my family made it to Hamburg, Germany, fleeing the Russian army. From our apartment I looked at blocks of gutted buildings - upright, stoical ruins.
The sculptures “Stoical Ruins”, 2020 - 2022, evolved from the quiet decay and inherent melancholy of ruins found in cultures throughout history, such as cities abandoned by the Mayans, the decaying structures photographed by Bernd & Hilla Becher, or Western ghost towns once teeming with life.
My sculptures are inspired by the house as body & vessel; they are created in the spirit of Bauhaus economy. Monumentality is integral to most of my sculptures irrespective of actual size.
“Stoical Ruins” is a series of 6 oxidized steel sculptures. Rust makes Time visible.
"My wish is that you travel by perception the road which I travelled in creating it". David Smith
S.293, welded steel oxidized, H 12” (30cm), 2022
S.293 S.293 S.293, suggested hight 18’ (540 cm)
S.295, welded steel oxidized, H 12.5” (32cm), 2022
S.295 S.295 S.295, suggested hight 18’ (540cm)
S.294, welded steel oxidized, H 10” (25.5cm), 2022
S.294 S.294 S.294, suggested hight 16’ (490cm)
S.290, welded steel oxidized, 9 1/2” x 7” x 4” (24 x 18 x 10 cm), 2021
S.290 S.290 S.290, suggested hight 16’ (490cm)