I use the varying characteristics of steel to convey forces of
deterioration and regeneration. To do this I use both representational
and abstract forms. They share technical, aesthetic and material
similarities, as well as differences.
In my abstract geometric pieces, I use solid shapes made of plate steel,
combined with structural and non-structural armatures in seemingly
various stages of atrophy. I use hard edges and controlled amounts of
bends to convey the rigid, structural, and inanimate qualities of the
materials.The larger geometric shapes relate to naturally occurring
patterns such as rock formations and man made constructions such as
concrete rubble. The decaying armatures relate to man made constructions
such as rebar in eroded concrete and organic formations such as roots.
This aesthetic is inspired by the sense of mortality and regeneration
that I perceive from aging urban landscapes retuning to nature, and
their antithesis. My work represents this both formally, and literally
in that the break down of the steel is inevitable, and selectively
The representational pieces show a contrasting expressiveness, and
personality. I use a faster, more physical technique that allows me to
express the activity, immediacy, and labor involved. In this technique
proportion and structure are resolved through the armature, allowing me
to focus on some of the aesthetics of the plate steel skin more. Unlike
the geometric pieces I use many hand bent and sledge hammered pieces
showing a permissive side to the personality of the metal. While the
geometric pieces are fully solidified these are left with exposed
framework, differentiating from the feeling of weight, similar to the
momentary feeling of a gesture drawling.
All pieces have in common metal working techniques and intense manual
labor. My primary tools are; an old Lincoln stick welder (S.M.A.W.), an
oxy acetylene torch, angle grinder, and several hammers. The crudeness
of these tools lend to the organic feeling of my work. Pieces take
between thirty-five and seventy hours to complete, and weigh from one
hundred and fifty pounds to five hundred pounds.