Thursday, October 9, 2014

Full Hunter's Moon Sustainability Potluck and Moonlight Art Mosey at Bernheim

business first...
 Rainy days drove me indoors where I created this "Winged Vessel" from a block of Indiana Limestone.
 This is another view - it measures 30" x 17" x 9" and weighs about 80 lbs.
...and now for fun...
 Last night, Meg and I made the 3 hour round trip to Bernheim Arboretum with a couple of dishes for their potluck gathering.  Meg snapped this cool close-up of Crinoids on a boulder as we joined the group. (...kind of like unstrung beads, play money or tokens...)
 Claude Stephens, facilitator of outreach and regenerative design, gave talks about the various projects and approaches at Bernheim.  Claude covered many great topics - for me, the most interesting point was his discussion about art and its life as a cycle.  After its creation and life as an art object, he describes the thought that goes into its decay and transformation / recycling into another useful form for the environment.  I silently mused that stone sculpture is a little different than the temporary mediums that he was describing; what is cyclic are the human civilizations around a stone sculpture (....one day to include our own.)
 Yesterday was a 'Moon Medley', starting with the "Blood Moon" at 6 a.m.
 ...then, the rise of the Full Hunter's Moon over the rolling hills of Bernheim Forest. I'd never been to Bernheim after dark, and I was happy that I made the trip.
 The food that everybody brought to the pot luck was 'top notch'!  Afterwards, Martha Slaughter, Visual Arts Coordinator, led the group to enjoy some of their art by moonlight.  Meg snapped this photo of the Hunter's Moon as seen through a portion of Earth Measure.  The artist, Matt Weir, had also attended the event and described to the group the particulars about the project. On the way to the next sculpture, we eased around a very fluffy, white skunk with raised tail (right-of-way protocols were observed). We concluded the event by checking out Meg's sculpture "Emerging", which is aging beautifully. 
On the way to Bernheim, I'd snapped this shot of a 'temporary public art project' in front of Payneville Elementary School.  Following Claude's train of thought: after this sculpture has lived out its life as art, it becomes cow food.  (However, I'm not following the train of thought any further than when it goes into the cow...)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Comet Sculpture and Cunningham Show

The weather has continued to be incredibly good and I have worked outside almost every day.
 Here is a picture that I posted 2 weeks ago showing a 7,000 lb. block of Indiana Limestone that I preformed into a comet-shaped bench.  This sculpture was inspired by the Comet of 562 A.D.  I'm not sure what to think about what I'm finding out about this event from internet sources.  Did it really lay waste to a diagonal swath across Britain like the writings of St. Gildas suggests?  Was it responsible for the vitrified forts in Scotland - where the outer rock walls of hilltop towns were melted together by intense heat?
 The back of the piece had not been considered at all, so I tried a pillow-like bush texture to simulate the tail of the comet.
 I didn't like it (at all), so I tried a sample of spiral and circular glyphs.  This is the right direction, but it's going to need some deep carving to bring out strong shadows (to make the forms read better).
 I refined the outer curves of the blast wave and gave it a twist to make it compositionally interesting.
 This is how it looks today, with a Celtic-inspired braid in the flames.  There's a HUGE amount of work needed to get rid of the flatness in the piece and create strong movements.  It's coming to that stage where days of work will only create subtle change.
Last Friday night, Meg and I went to Bellarmine college to see Caren Cunningham's art show that featured over 1,000 individual framed images taken from freight trains that pass her house.  The samples of graffiti were quite dynamic and colorful.  Seated in the chair is Ewing Fahey (aged 92) who has been an active sculptor and proponent of the Louisville art scene longer than I've been alive.

As we left, we were met by David and Kathleen Buechler (friends we hadn't seen in 15 years).  They invited us over to their house for drinks, where we spent an enjoyable evening.  As Woody Allen said, "Half of life is just showing up".  (...and, yes, it wouldn't hurt for us to get out more often...)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Ripples" Stone Sculpture Acquired

 The best news this week was the acquisition of my functional stone sculpture "Ripples" by the Public Art League to become a permanent addition to the public art collection in the city of Urbana, Illinois.
 The weather has been great this week, and I was able to resume work on my 30,000 lb. monolithic sculpture "Now is the Time".
 The image on the left was from Monday morning and the image on the right is from today (Sunday).
 I have also been working on my sculpture "Harmony": on the left, today - and on the right, July 20.  It has gotten to the stage where days of work go into it to make subtle changes and improvements. 
 There were a few days when I wasn't in the mood for subtlety; This is the before image of a 7,000 lb. stone and the image today of the preform for my "Comet" bench.
When I'm not carving stones, I'm looking for them.  Here are some crystals that I found near Brandenburg, KY this week.  I believe they may be Limonite pseudomorphs after Pyrite? 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bird Feeder Installation and Matt Weir's Show

Tuesday, I installed my craggy bird feeder at it's new home in a private garden outside Lagrange, KY.
 The bottom piece was about 700 lbs., so I was happy that I had help with the use of their tractor and Eric as operator.
 I drilled the pre-poured concrete footer and put in a 3/4" stainless steel pin and monument-grade epoxy to hold everything in place.
 Eric helped me carry and install the other pieces of the functional sculpture.
 Signed, sealed and delivered.
 Next, we went down on Market Street in Louisville to Revelry Gallery to see Matt Weir's show.
 There were several drawings of clouds and other pieces, but the show stoppers were 2 large limestone forms draped over metal supports.  Great work as usual, Matt.
 We went home over the Kennedy Bridge, which gave me my first close look at the new bridge construction.
About 70 feet above the river, workmen were building the piers.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Owensboro RiverArtes and Cloverport Sacajawea Festival

Saturday, August 23 was the opening for the
Owensboro RiverArtes Public Sculpture Show. 
 They had 75 entries from all across the U.S. for hopeful inclusion in the 2 year lease of works to be displayed around Owensboro.  You can see Meg's baby elephant "Ely" and my stone head of "Father Time" in this picture. 
 Here's a picture of 2 pictures...Meg's Alabama Marble sculpture "Nyx Lifting the Veil" and my life-size "Testing the Waters".
 This Saturday, we went down to Cloverport for their 50th annual Sacajawea festival.  A friend of ours, Abby Peterson, was making and selling his wood creations.
 He had help from Derick Ford who is sanding the letters that Abby had just carved.
 It had started to drizzle and the crowds had basically left, so I asked Abby if Meg could try her hand at it - she had never used a chainsaw before.
 I liked this picture with the barge in the background going down the Ohio River.
 She made this female head preform in Cedar in about half an hour - then, it started to rain fairly hard; time to leave.
 I made a wood over life-sized Sacajawea for the Town of Cloverport and their festival in 1986 (I was aged 25).  This is the ONLY surviving picture of it when I'd just begun work on it - I never took a picture of the finished piece.  The Town of Cloverport had installed it down on their riverfront and it floated away during a flood.
 Now... for the Weird of the Week...What is this?  One hint, You might have it for breakfast.
(photo Meg White)
...and this creature hanging onto my "Sail" sculpture.
(photo Meg White)

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Seraph" Installed

Last week, the Outdoor Sculpture Show at Yew Dell Gardens ended.  We headed for Crestwood, Kentucky to deliver a sculpture that we had sold in the show (one of the very rare pieces that Meg and I have worked on together) and to bring back unsold pieces.
 On the way up, Meg's crane truck developed a serious leak in a brake line.  Normally, we don't post to the world when things go wrong; everything is "a bowl of cherries" and "a bed of roses" here at Lawler-White Sculpture Studios.  However, I'm wanting to give a 'plug' for Gomer's Automotive near Brandenburg, KY who fixed the truck on the spot and got us back on the road. 
Great service for a fair price! 
 We loaded up the stone "Seraph" and fastened her down with this cargo net before heading to her destination.
(kind of a strange image...)
 This is the fully installed sculpture at a private residence near Lagrange, KY.
 This is an alternate view.
 We had some new "wildlife" show up at the studio: 2 potbelly pigs.  When it looked like they were moving in to stay, I called the folks at Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary to see if they could help us relocate them.  The pigs took off before anyone showed up and I haven't seen them since.
 One of the men from Broadbent who came out in response to my call was Abby Peterson.  I gave him a hand full of plasticene when he mentioned that he had an interest in creating sculpture.  He made this model for an eagle sculpture.
Then, he made this wood sculpture, using the clay as a pattern.  Wood sculpting is something that he's been doing for a while.  He has a booth over at Peddler's Mall in Elizabethtown, KY where he is successfully selling his wood creations.  We plan to check it out next time we're over in E-town.  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Monk Installed at Monte Casino Winery

I sold a stone monk to the owner of Monte Casino Winery, which  is on the site of the old Monte Casino Monastery.  The monks at the monastery created the first winery west of the Appalachians at this site in the late 1700's 
 This week, it was time to move the monk from my studio to his new home in Newport, Kentucky.
 Davy brought out a 23 ton crane from JBB Inc. in Hardinsburg. 
The first thing we did was to lay him down.
 Then, we loaded him onto the 24' flat bed truck that I rented from Penske.
 Early the next morning, I made the 3-1/2 hour trip to the site. 
A 14 ton crane met me there for the installation.
 No, I'm not "stringing up" the monk. 
He has successfully landed in his new home, reverently overlooking the site where the stone monastery used to stand.  I plan to go back in the future and check on the progress of the Winery, as Mark Schmidt, the owner, has great plans.
 When I took the exit for Bardstown Road to refuel the truck, and was about to turn south to go under Watterson Expressway, I noticed a mural in progress.  This is something that I'll have to check back with, as well.  Looks Great! 
 Now...for the Weird of the Week...
Ginger Ale, on the Bears.
(photo and concept Meg White)
A luminescent contrail, beautifully backlit by the setting sun.
(photo Meg White)