Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Temporary Exhibit [2012 Oak Park Sculpture Walk]

Finish - by Terrence Karpowicz

Terrence Karpowicz's sprinting golden girl "Finish",  tracking through the Oak Park downtown, as part of the Oak Park Sculpture Walk. This summer 12 sculptures are adorning the streets of Oak Park ..

2012 Oak Park Sculpture Walk
The program was developed by the Village of Oak Park and the Oak park Public Arts Advisory Commisssion. For the online brochure, click on the link, click here..
Although all the photographs are taken by me, but the information is taken from the online brochure, including the italicized texts ..

Burst - by Dustry Folwarczny
2011 / Welded salvaged steel.
Location: Oak Park Public Library [ 834 Lake Street]

The sculpture is part of a series of reconstructed pillars, responding to the vertical appeal of the city. In this work, the artist explores the tension between heavy metal and gravity, exposing the raw aesthetic of rust. Dusty Folwarczny prefers to work in public spaces, where the quality of the steel material becomes approachable and accessible.

I Ams what I Ams - by Ron Gard
2011 / Cor-Ten and stainless steel.
Location: First United Church of Oak Park [ 848 Lake Street]
Ron Gard developed his art through his professional experience in custom design and crafting. His sculptures are motivated by the way shapes relate to each other and by tension with negative space. This abstract piece interplays height and lightness within the forms and colors of the different materials.

Entwined Seedlings - by Don Lawler
2012 / Indiana Limestone
Location: Unity Temple [ 875 Lake Street]

The monolithic piece of Indiana limestone is carved into two intertwined, sprouting seedlings. These organic forms are sculpted in the monumental material of stone with a modern geometrical shape. The top leaves are rounded and polished for functional comfort. The complexity of the forms causes the viewer to move around the sculpture. Please feel free to sit!

Dancing with Damocles - by Mike Helbing
1999 / Welded stainless steel
Location: Calvary Memorial Church [931 Lake Street]

The sculptures of Helbing are assemblages of found objects, mostly made of stainless steel. This readymade sculpture reuses materials to give them a new meaning. Humble objects collected from everyday life are rearranged in a new, monumental form. His sculptures are influenced by a range of natural and scientific forms that echo the diverse interests of the artist.

Two Witnesses - by Shawn Morin
2010 / Bronze, granite, steel
Location: Grace Episcopal Church [924 Lake Street]

The art of Morin has migrated through the figurative, the architectural and the abstract forms, moving from an intimate, small scale to a large and monumental one. The sculpture contrasts and reflects the verticality of the architecture and the chromatic palette of the site.

Finish - by Terrence Karpowicz
2010 / Steel and Polymer
Location: Lake and Forest street corner

By joining irregular, organic materials to machine-tooled geometric shapes of steel, the artist creates sculpture with kinetic relationships among the elements — and between the sculpture and its environment. The aesthetic of Karpowicz’s sculpture is rooted in craftsmanship while being informed by the sublime nature of minimal forms and the layering of history.

Lacuna - by Sarah Deppe
Stainless and oxidized steel and natural plants
Location: lake Street and N Forest Ave.
The sculpture reminds us of the natural structure of plants from microscopic to large forms. The curves of stainless steel contain pockets for plants, contrasting natural and artificial elements. The organic form given to the steel is an echo of the artist’s concern for nature that the sculpture reinterprets.

Hawk and Dove - by Margot McMohan
2012 / Cast marble
Location: Charles Fay House [216 N Forest Ave.]

McMahon’s sculptures are organic forms and figures in geometric rhythm. These forms are modeled in clay or cast in metal and concrete, welded in steel, or carved in stone. Her work is connected with nature and the environment, just as the ecosystems that form us.

Fleeting Consequence - by Jeff Wilcox
2011 / Stone and steel
Location: the Beachy House [238 N Forest Ave.]

This work is an assemblage of two raw materials — iron and stone —elements common in the environment. The sculpture refers to the geometry of the natural world fabricated through randomness and unprecedented order .

Pod of Sun Seeds - by Don Lawler
2008 / Indiana Limestone
Location: John Leslie Vette House [308 N. Forest Ave.]

A monolithic piece of Indiana limestone was sawn vertically to reveal the interior of the sculpture. The inlayed spheres of Brazilian marble have been bushed or stippled to allow the individual crystals to sparkle in sunlight. Each ‘sun seed’ has a radial pattern carved with a pneumatic chisel. The sculpture has a wide variety of textures to be discovered.

Five - by Dusty Folwarczny
2010 / Welded salvaged steel
Location: The Hills De-Caro House [313 N Forest Ave.]

The sculpture is made of five rings of salvaged steel, painted black. The heavy weight of the black rings is rearranged in a kinetic group of forms. The precarious stability of the tower is resolved in the lightness of the whole. This piece is another in a series of reconstructed pillars made in response to the vertical aesthetic of the city.

Once Around the Block - by Andrew Arvanetes
2011 / Stainless steel
Location: The William H. Copeland House [400 N Forest Ave.]
This sculpture is a whimsical object, resembling a machine but with figurative characteristics. The artist’s sculptures have always been object-oriented and narrative in nature, and the mechanical and architectural details are rearranged here in a new artistic form. The result is a new combination of scale, references and details, assembled to stir the imagination.

Referenced heavily from the online brochure., 2012 Oak Park Sculpture Walk, click on the link, click here ..


Anonymous said...

Thanks again, Jyoti, for taking me on a delightful trip from Florida to the wonderful public art in Oak Park. Al Kuhn

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