out of the woods of the U.P.,
we have rediscovered one of Michigans fine talents:Dale
An Professor of Metalsmithing, (for over 15 years),
a renowned sculptor and metalsmith, Mr. Wedig has been
creating and exhibiting fine architectural, functional,
and sculptural metalwork for nearly 25 years. He has
returned to the Metro Detroit gallery scene after a
5 year hiatus, with a mini-survey of furniture and vessels
crafted over the last few years.
With techniques and tools ranging from hammering red-hot
steel from a primitive coke-fired forge to the delicate
jewelers tools and alchemy used in Mokume Gane (the
rare Japanese art of metals lamination), Wedig conjures
objects which are simultaneously precious and approachable.
Dale manages to fuse function and sculpture... or rather,
imbue his sculpture with function, in a manner which
is fresh and engaging. Unlike other artists works
incorporating found objects, these pieces transcend
their parts... transcend (or sometimes mock) their function;
becoming the true definition of functional art.
Crains Detroit Monthly profiled Dale in 1988,
saying, " Deep in the wilds of Michigans
fabled Upper Peninsula a unique man creates a unique
art. Using methods as old as the forests that surround
him, Dale Wedig has literally
forged a body of work that bows to the past while peering
into the future. An artist, a teacher, an ambassador,
a blacksmith, a wild man. This is Dale Wedig"
We couldnt have said it better... see what his
work has to say.
Artist Artist Statement
Art is the physical and mental labor involved in creating
an object from an idea. The end result It can be very
satisfying. However, it is the activity and struggle
throughout the process that is inspiring. Experiencing
an idea becoming a real object that started in your
head and your hands built is a measure of the accountability
of your life.
The lack of rules and insured success combined with
the endless solutions to the same problem motivate me
to continue pursuing my interests. Making art is no
more or less than having faith in what is unknown and
having the desire to take the opportunity to create
something you find difficult to explain.
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