I always marvel at how my sculptures are arranged in shows, museums and outdoor settings. It’s easy to underestimate the role of the curator in presenting pleasing art. Their work flows from chaos. All the images and messages appear in no coherent order and the chess match begins with the winner producing more than the sum of the art. If you have never seen the process, picture a fashion show with every designer vying for position and suitable (or at least, not conflicting) domain for their message.
I got lucky in Silverthorne, Colorado, a mountain town west of Denver. Two of my sculptures were selected for annual display in front of the new Performing Arts Center. Joanne Cook the city arts director, arranged for two oversize concrete pedestals to be constructed. Happily, my sculpture occupied both. But Joanne gave me a gift. She asked about the narrative. Did I have a third sculpture? She could add a pedestal if I had a third sculpture. “Yes,” I lied. And I set off to study narrative. Martin Eichinger always impressed me with his narrative sculptures. He created breathless serial sculpture moments in relationships, mostly romance. I knew what he did, but what would my narrative look like?
The two installed sculptures start the process. Spiral Dance gives a heroic energetic invitation to her performance. Mountain Spell absorbs complex energy from her universe. What comes next? It seems obvious now, but when I connected Spiral Dance, the introduction, with Mountain Spell, the unfolding, I would complete my triptych with Encore, my metaphorical narrative’s final curtain. I completed Encore in record time and, it’s fair to say, with the narrative complete, the sum exceeds the parts.
Silverthorne Performing Arts Center - Colorado
Medium: White Bronze or Carbon Fiber
Height: 92 inches
Base: Steel mounting plates
Price: $120,000 bronze
$ 90,000 carbon fiber