"You are my Partner
As an artist in different media over the years, I have been influenced by growing up in Chicago during the 1940’s and 50’s. Much of what was going on in visual arts and music was a result of the fermentation of a highly industrialized urbanization of America. On a grade school field trip to the steel mills in South Chicago, my fascination with metal started with viewing the steel making process—pouring of huge caldrons of melted metal, red-hot steel being shaped, sparks flying. Wow! Cool! This looked like fun.
I perceive a myriad of possibilities in a gray sheet of steel, a rusty half-buried old pipe, a steel stamping part. To change these mundane industrial elements into works of art that can attract attention and elevate the spirit is one of my major goals. A friend said to me recently that if he’s missing his right front fender, he’ll know who took it.
In the creation of my sculptures, I generally do a good amount of cutting utilizing special techniques that often color the steel in a subtle rainbow, adding a warmth and beauty to the material. Many of my pieces combine both architectural and organic characteristics.
I am fascinated by “fractals and fractal geometry” which are based on the chaotic patterns of nature and their often infinite reoccurrence. These visuals are found in trees, sticks scattered on a forest floor, mountains, coastlines, weather maps, close up of peeling paint and random computerized designs. Fractals are ubiquitous in nature and in many man made objects: building superstructures, cityscapes, street maps and architectural designs. There is a “Truth” in my perception of fractals that appears in my art and challenges the viewers to discover something about themselves. Through your own interpretation, you are my partner in the creative process