Art (Scott) asked me if I would like to contribute to
this show about 3 months prior to it’s opening.
Even though I was soon to be moving my shop to a new
location and having an already busy work schedule, I
said OK. I can make some wall pieces. After seeing my
latest wall pieces, Scott informed me that horizontal
configuration is a hard sell in Chicago; something to
do with a lack of wall space. I said OK, vertical configuration.
Over the next couple of months I would occasionally
think about possible pieces for this show. This is what
I normally do anyway during certain work processes.
I think of things I would like to do later on. The character
of current work often informs the character of a project
being considered. In this case I had been working on
2 projects: one was the fabrication of very contemporary
home office work stations out of anodized aluminum and
glass, the other was building a large 2 door wrought
iron gate in the “Old World” style of fairly
dense forged ornament. Stylistically these were two
very different projects.
was the very simplified starting point for the two pieces
I made for this show. I had a loose idea that the combination
of contemporary looking anodized aluminum with the more
traditional forged steel would be new and interesting
for me. Limited time and necessity helped me edit my
ideas. The aluminum was basically going to be a contemporary
backdrop for the forged steel. I didn’t have time
to have the aluminum anodized so I sprayed it with auto
enamel for a similar effect, which I think I like better
on past experience with intuitive forging sessions,
I figured I would start forging pieces of steel and
let the initial forgings tell me where to go. As the
pieces developed so did my own narrative of what these
things might be. The results are these two “artifacts”
of unknown purpose and origin, or so my narrative goes.
Artifact, Cat. 631
Forged Steel, aluminum and auto enamel
49 x 10"