Summer 2011

Humor in Sculpture

Vol LX, No.3

Giving Voice to Wood
by Wolfgang Mabry

Born in Bressanone-Brixen, the oldest city in South Tyrol and the birthplace of the region's woodcarving identity and traditions, Bruno Walpoth comes naturally to sculpture as his life's work. Early childhood observations of the art and craft of wood sculpture in the studios of his grandfathers and uncle, all distinguished woodcarvers, ignited a passionate involvement in wood sculpture that Walpoth has stoked with education, practice, and an evolving vision that honors tradition while infusing his works with contemporary ideas, ideals, and aesthetic impact. Bruno Walpoth honors tradition in his figurative wood sculptures while exploring deeply human themes from a wholly contemporary sensibility. Walpoth?s wood sculptures are anything but "wooden" in the utter aliveness of their forms, expressions, and surfaces.
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John Edward Svenson Finds Inspiration in the Life and Warmth of Wood
by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter

Svenson has been creating small woodcarvings since making his own toys as a boy, moving on to large works on commission while continuing to make smaller pieces as well. Perhaps best known for his sculptures in wood, he has produced work in a variety of media: "My whole life has been one of diversity," he says. "I work in all materials; I work in everything, including fiberglass." He often develops works of art with architects while their projects are in progress, since "I can build a piece based on materials for a building; I'm not bound by doing one thing." While he can and does work in almost any material, wood is the medium that most speaks to Svenson. "I have a great respect for wood," he says, "basically because it was alive."
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Using Nature to Create the Figure: Wood as Organic Medium
by Kim Carpenter

When William Wordsworth wrote the poem "Tables Turned" in 1798, he pithily and perfectly captured wood's ability to represent what it means to be human. Organic and warm, this material is "alive" with an energy and force unlike any other medium. This is why Sequoyah Aono, Stephen Layne, and Daisuke Kiyomiya (all three National Sculpture Society award recipients) have chosen wood as one of their mediums. Although widely divergent, their figurative sculptures serve as prime examples of the potential of wood to flesh out the figure, not by shaping the medium, but by allowing the medium to shape the sculpture.
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Sculpture News
by Germana Pucci

Blair Buswell won the "James Earle Frasier Sculpture Award" at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's Prix de West exhibition. Buswell's life-size bronze of a Plains Indian warrior, How Many More, was the winning entry.
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