Abstract Earth Gallery

SculpturePainting & DrawingFiber and Paper

Eric Schickel

Artist's Statement  ::

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 promoted.

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.

Pieces by Eric Schickel:

* Some of these artworks may not be for sale.

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