Thirty-four of my LEGO sculptures, created 2010-2017, are on display at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery at the University of Missouri right now. These include five bronze pieces as well.
Since I was a child, LEGOs have been a staple in my creative habits. Often, when I am met with some creative block, when I am disillusioned, or when I simply need a change, LEGOs are my go-to outlet. They offer a kind of open-ended opportunity to make things without any conceits or justifications. Usually, at least for me, this kind of building amounts to a formal exercise within certain boundaries. After all, LEGOs are a finite tool. They have limited application and range. In spite of this, however, they allow for many hours of engagement and a diversity of resolution. LEGOs really are a creative partner in my life.
Over the last 10 years or so I’ve been interested in a number of practitioners of contemporary sculpture and their work has influenced how I have played with my LEGOs. First and foremost is Vincent Fecteau, who crafts strange, small sculptures that exhibit a wonderful sense of hidden interior space. Additionally, Barry Le Va’s dark and geometric wall and floor installations (and the awesome drawings for those installations) are also important to me. Didier Vermeiren’s solemn, dense sculptural works manifest a kind of austerity and clarity that challenges me. These artists (among many others) inspire me to play with associations of form and color, as well as with the implications of scale. Fecteau in particular has strongly influenced all of my work over the last 6 or 8 years.
The sculptures collected here, both those made of standard LEGOs and those crafted in bronze, are meant to function like poems of form: slight, strange, awkward, yet solid in a sense. In them I have gone through an iterative process of placement and association. In my mind, it’s all shape dynamics and formal play. These miniatures have stimulated my paintings, drawings, and prints for a long time. At this point I see them as part of my overall work, though definitely a part that’s still in development.
Will you ever slow down? We sure hope not.
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Legos came after my “lets mess around with these” phase.
Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs or by God….an Erector Set. Now them was
worth messen with. In my day…..early days…….a Surrealist might
interchange two or more of these sanctified daydreams coming
up with a Lincoln Tinken Erector. Or a personified personalized package.
Pretty near perfect. Of course we are talking of the Surrealistic here.
Tinker Toys? Lincoln Logs? ………..and that other one. I’ll keep to myself.
You have pretty much reached the Midus stage…..Matthew touches it,
a sudden translation, transportation to a aura of pure Art. It has to do with the
Intrinsic, atherial interior of the thing, thought or action. You can’t see it but it
comes through belief!
Practice projecting Love. You will end up being a cook!
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