Quetzalcoatl, an Aztec god, appears as a feathered serpent in Mesoamerican mythology. He was at odds with another deity, the sun god. Quetzalcoatl traveled to the sun, and they battled. After Quetzalcoatl defeated the sun, he became the sun god.
Thirteen fabricated struts, mitered, welded and bolted at the adjoining ends, create a sculptural line drawing in space. It is rooted in the ground and extends to infinity with the illusion of a solid muscular presence, flexing into space with controlled energy.
Constructed from durable locust wood-like us all, part of our own invention and part nature. A younger child looks up at the older one, and the older one looks off into the distance. Young families are the epitome of hope.
Locust Wood, Deck Screws, Stain charliebrouwer.com SOLD, on display at Wildlife Prairie Park
Alex Barrett // Santa Fe, NM
Modern and timeless forms of industry and emotion are juxtaposed with modern ideas of graffiti, abstract expressionism and comic figures to tell a story of old versus new, nature versus man, and struggle versus triumph. As the heated metal is infused with air it struggles and contorts, akin to Man’s internal struggle with the external world.
Based on the Columbine flower, enlarged metal tendrils create a simplistic, other-worldly beauty as the entangled, arching forms appear to flutter and sway in the breeze. Their harmonious relationship mirrors the delicate movements of dance and music flowing in tandem. Dancing on the wind, they sing.
The sculpture offers an aesthetic dialog in response to concepts in physics and mathematics that deal with relationships of space, time, motion, weightlessness, and sound energy. The compression of space and the phenomenon of astronomical wormholes inspire the sculpture’s form.
This monumental work represents the illusion of man-made structures as they appear to move against the horizon in the heat of the Southwest summer. The artist intends to make us pause and reflect on our surroundings.
COR-TEN Steel email@example.com SOLD, on display at Illinois Central College- North Campus
Kurt Dyrhaug // Beaumont, TX
The shapes and functions of ship keels and buoys are reinterpreted and rescaled into a puzzling yet familiar new form. The artist suggests it is an anchored float serving as a navigation mark to reveal hazards in the landscape.
An interpretation of High Energy Physics and the collision of subatomic particles comprise the Quarks series. Yellow mass explodes, creating black disintegrating arcs as the mass leaves one area and explodes into another. The interactive energy of positive to negative space studied at Fermilab inspires the artist.
Separate forms collide, twist, and slide to keep themselves off the ground. This shows how each form’s collegiality makes it possible to succeed together. In the same way; buildings, nature, and people around the sculpture join in their own way to share their shapes and forms with each other.
Creating beauty using non-recognizable shapes challenges the artist. This free form, playful structure depicts a sense of life, drama and movement through contrasting shapes and twists. Exquisite proportion, like that of the Fibonacci sequence found in nature, conveys harmony, balance, and natural beauty.
An Amazon woman, formed of solid steel carved with a torch, stands on her shield to represent tolerance over violence. The figure, with her arm posed in a divine rectangle, evokes the spirit of these fierce warriors.
Garnant works with the distinct quality of steel and textures to reveal a composition similar to the layering of fine, handmade paper. This sculpture reflects the artist’s skills in transforming metal and reinterpreting ideas previously explored through her background in design and book construction.
An interpretation of an emergent, cutting edge technology that uses the “spin” – or electromagnetization – of atomic nuclei to store and process information. Custom dichroic glass discs within the sculpture reflect one color and transmit another. Colors radically shift, dependent upon light conditions, the sun’s angle and the viewer’s position.
Stainless Steel, Custom Laminated Dichroic Glass Discs nicolebeck.com Purchased by the City of Batavia, IL 2017
Roy Rogers // Peoria, IL
This modern abstraction of a Victorian-era woman embodies the century-long female struggle for equal rights in our society. Their determination and optimism pioneered change in a male-dominated world. The opening through the head represents an understanding of the past and a vision of the future.
Borborygmus is the medical term for a rumbling digestive tract. This sculpture explores how essential, variable elements may form complex, visceral structures. The interesting resonance in the ambiguity between growth and erosion is explored in the forms of the sculpture.