Monday, September 27, 2010


Enrique Carbajal (Sebastián) was born in the small town of Santa Rosalina de Camargo Chihuahua on November 16, 1947. He lived in Chihuahua until he began studying in the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City in 1964.

Sebastián is an artist based in Mexico and is considered the country's foremost living sculptor. His smaller scale work includes jewelry, sacristies, garden sculptures, and painting. However, he is most known for his monumental structures constructed in iron or concrete, which decorate cities throughout the world, from San Antonio, Texas to Osaka, Japan (

Torch of Freedom

San Antonio, Texas

65' high, Steel (2002)

La Gran Puerta de Mexico

Matamoros, Mexico

Steel (2007)


Bellingham, WA

Enameled Steel (2008)

Gale Hart

Gale Hart began her career with an enduring passion to compile components into a whole. A childhood fascination with creating objects out of nuts, bolts, scrap metal and wood evolved into an intensely energetic creative drive. From monumental canvases to meticulous graphite drawings and functional sculpture, Hart's repertoire of visual images grabs, engages and speaks volumes about universal humanity.

Hart's functional sculpture parallels her paintings with the visual language remaining constant: narrative composition, ordered geometry and color choices. Validating the instincts that launched her creative career, found objects continue to hold limitless possibilities and appeal. (

28" x 30" x 15"

32" x 36" x 12"

32" x 35" x 13"

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Maurizio Cattel

Maurizio Cattelan (b. 1960) is known for his witty embrace of semantic shifts that result from imaginative plays with materials, objects, and actions. In his work, contradictions in the space between what the artist describes as softness and perversity wage a sarcastic critique on political power structures, from notions of nationalism or the authorities of organized religion to the conceit of the museum and art history. Like the traditions established by Dada and Surrealism, his uncanny juxtapositions uproot stable understandings of the world around us. For Cattelan even the banal is absurd. As he has said, “Comedians manipulate and make fun of reality. Whereas I actually think that reality is far more provocative than my art.” (Menil)


Ave Maria
Mixed media

The Ninth Hour
Mixed Media

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Duane Hanson

Duane Hanson was born in Alexandria, Minnesota (January 17, 1925), and studied at several institutions, as both undergraduate and postgraduate, 1943 51 . In 1953 he moved to Germany where he taught in Munich and later Bremerhaven and made sculptures in a variety of styles and media. He returned to America in 1960 , as Pop art was emerging, and, influenced by the full-size plaster-cast figures of George Segal , developed his own distinctive style. Like Segal , Hanson used life casts as the basis for his fibreglass and resin figures but also applied lifelike colour, dressed them in real clothing, and provided them with real accessories. He took his subjects, like Tourists ( 1970 ; Edinburgh, NG of Modern Art), from the lower middle classes, specializing in the banal and slightly depressing. Although they had no satiric intent they were designed as a commentary on the emptiness of lives dominated by consumerism. Hanson's figures are more realistic, like waxworks, than those of his contemporary Pop artists and he is more properly associated with the photo realists who emerged in the early 1970s. (

Supermarket Lady (1970)
Fiberglass, textiles, shopping cart, packaging, and polyester resin
life size

Traveller (1988)
Autobody filler, fiberglass and mixed media with accessories
life size

Man on Mower (1995)
Polychromed Bronze with other objects
life size

Monday, September 13, 2010

Nathan Sawaya

Nathan Sawaya (born July 10, 1973), is an artist who builds custiom three- dimensional models and large-scale mosaics from popular everyday items and standard Lego toy brick. His unique, one-of-a-kind art creations are commissioned by companies, charities, individuals, museums, and galleries. Born in Colville, Washington and raised in Veneta, Oregon, Sawaya first came to national attention in 2004, when he won a nationwide search for a proffesional Lego Master Builder. He had his first solo exhibit in the Spring of 2007 at the Lancaster Museum of Art. "The Art of the Brick" is the first major museum exhibition in the U.S. to focus exclusively on the use of Lego building blocks as an art medium.

LEGO Pop-up Book, LEGO'S, Nathan Sawaya

Blackberry9360, LEGO'S, Flatscreen, Nathan Sawaya

Mt. Rushmore, Legos, Nathan Sawaya

Hans Van de Bovenkamp

Hans Van de Bovenkamp was born and raised in Holland, where he studied architecture. Within ten years of his subsequent graduation from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, he achieved wide success in the United States, showing in New York City (New York University, Tiffany's, 10 Downtown, Bryant Park, etc.), Houston, TX (Contemporary Arts Museum), Stamford, CT (Stamford Museum, University of Connecticut), and in several other states. In the following twenty-five years, Van de Bovenkamp showed in Italy, Lebanon, Venezuela, Switzerland, Canada, and he placed his works in ten museum, embassy, and sculpture center shows, as well as in numerous universities, public gardens and institutes. His sculpture is widely shown in galleries throughout Europe and the US. (

Stainless Steel

Izanagi & I zanami
2007 bronze
Align Center

Stella in the Wind
Stainless Steel
120" X 128" X 28

Richard Serra

Richard Serra was born in San Francisco in 1939. He began working in steel mills in order to support himself. Serra’s early work in the 1960s focused on the industrial materials that he had worked with as a youth in West Coast steel mills and shipyards: steel and lead. A famous work from this time involved throwing lead against the walls of his studio. Though his casts were created from the impact of the lead hitting the walls, the emphasis of the piece was really on the process of creating it: raw aggression and physicality, combined with a self-conscious awareness of material and a real engagement with the space in which it was worked. Since those Minimalist beginnings, Serra’s work has become famous for that same physicality, but one that is now compounded by the breathtaking size and weight that the pieces have acquired. His series of “Torqued Ellipses” (1996–99), which comprise gigantic plates of towering steel, bent and curved, leaning in and out, carve very private spaces from the necessarily large public sites in which they have been erected. Serra’s most recent public work includes the 60-foot-tall “Charlie Brown” (1999; named for the Peanuts comic-strip character in honor of its author, Charles Schultz, who had died that year), which has been erected in the courtyard of an office building in San Francisco. (Art:21)

Fulcrum 1987,
55-foot freestanding sculpture of cor-ten steel

Weights and Measures, 1987.
Hot-rolled steel.
Three plates: 337.8 x 528 x 7.6 cm (133 x 208 x 3 in.)

The Matter of Time, 2005
This installation consists of the combination of eight sculpture pieces put together
1,200 tons, 430 feet in length

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on March 6, 1475 in the village of Caprese, Italy. He was one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, a period when the arts and sciences flourished. Michelangelo became an apprentice to prominent Florentine painter, Domenico Ghirlandaio at the age of 12, but soon began to study sculpture instead. He attracted the attention and patronage of Lorenzo de Medici, who was ruler of Florence until 1492. At age 23, Michelangelo completed his magnificent Pieta, a marble statue that shows the Virgin Mary grieving over the dead Jesus.

Michelangelo Pieta, St. Peter, Marble, Vatican, Rome, 1499
The Michelangelo "Pieta Rondanini", Marble

Michelangelo Pieta Fire, Marble

Monday, September 6, 2010

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Felix Gonzalez-Torres was known for his quiet, minimal installations and sculptures. Using materials such as strings of lightbulbs, clocks, stacks of paper, or packaged hard candies, Felix Gonzalez-Torres's work is sometimes considered a reflection of his experience with AIDS. Many of Gonzalez-Torres's installations invite the viewer to take a piece of the work with them: a series of works allow viewers to take packaged candies from a pile in the corner of an exhibition space, while another series is comprised of stacks of ultrathin sheets of clear plastic or unlimited edition prints, also free for the viewer to take. These installations are replenished by the exhibitor as they diminish. The most pervasive reading of Gonzalez-Torres's work takes the processes his works undergo (lightbulbs expiring, piles of candies dispersing, etc.) as metaphor for the process of dying. One of his most recognizable works, Untitled(1992) is a billboard put up in New York City of a monochrome photograph of an unoccupied bed, made after the death of his lover, Ross, to AIDS. Gonzalez-Torres himself died of AIDS on January 9, 1996. (

Untitled (Last Light), 1993
String of lights

Untitled (A Portrait of Ross in LA), 1991
Multi-colored candies, 175lbs

Untitled (The End), 1990
Offset printed sheets of paper, stacked
22 x 28 x 22 in.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

JP Long

JP Long's sculpture elaborates the dynamic fluidity and rigidity of the opposing materials, glass and steel. Form, mass, and implied movement are the three fundamental themes inhabiting his work. Based upon natural tensions between opposing harmonies, Long elegantly contemplates the capacities of steel and glass, both technically and conceptually.

Wall 26
24" x 12" x 12"

Counter Balance 04
steel and glass 28" x 15" x 20"

Edge 18
glass and metal 87" x 84" x 36"

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dayton Castleman

Dayton Castleman is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist whose work and interests include his own studio practice, education, curatorial projects, and writing. His work has been presented in museums and galleries across the United States and in Europe. He received his BA in Art from Belhaven University, and his MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dayton teaches sculpture, drawing and digital media at Trinity Christian College, near Chicago, and serves on the board of Christians in the Visual Arts.

Agit: Prop, 2008, red cotton fabric, flagpole

Infinite Bridge, 2006, steel

Starcross'd, 2009, cardboard, wood, polystyrene foam, hardware