Thursday, February 7, 2008
Welcome to 'Unknown Bridges', a blog page set up to feature my works that will be included in an exhibition with the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, in Wausau, Wisconsin, this summer. The exhibition will open on Saturday, June 28th and hang through August 24th.
'Unknown Bridges' will hang in conjunction with a wonderful exhibition of the photographs of O. Winston Link on loan from the Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia. Link's work spotlights the Norfolk and Western Railroad some forty plus years ago, during the period when that railroad was phasing out the use of steam locomotives. Link traveled the system and documented this interesting period in history with quite evocative black and white images that capture aspects of life along the rails as well as haunting images of the trains that no longer stop.
The motivation for my long term 'project' of works with bridges as the major theme began over four years ago when I stumbled upon some old railroad bridges near my studio in central Maryland. I was quite taken with the old, weathered, rusted aspects of the bridge work and completed several drawings with those textural contrasts as the major theme. As time passed, I became more and more inspired by and interested in the abstract qualities of the structure of bridges, the nuts and bolts and rivets, the textural contrasts between old steel and fresh paint, girders and massive steel plates.
In travels near and far, I have continued to find 'off the beaten path' bridges that appeal to me in many artistic ways and have given me more reference material and ideas than I will be able to work out before the hanging of this show. I foresee, then, a continuing 'journey' of discovery for me in the years to come as I will, no doubt, expand upon the body of work that will hang as part of this exhibition.
In the meantime, I hope you will find as much interest in these bridges and places as I have found in the process of translating this artistic inspiration into compositional elements that excite me. Works not indicated as from a private collection are available for sale prior to a mid May delivery to the museum and information regarding a particular work can be had by email through the email link on my studio web site listed in the link column to the right.
Since this page is commencing in early February, I will be continuing to update the image list as new works for the exhibition come off the board, through the early part of May when works will be ready for shipping to the museum, so check back often to see additional new works added here.