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About Art

“During my past fifty years as a sculptor/teacher - eleven years at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, and nearly thirty at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland, I fabricated sculptures with fire. Fire contributes the magic for pushing your fingerprints into wax, encapsulating it, melting out the wax, and pouring in the bronze, so that when you break the cocoon, a bouquet of bronze fingerprints emerges. When you are welding, you are like the moth in the... more

A Murder of Crows

Recently while scanning my 50 year collection of slides, I discovered a series I had taken in the ‘60s in the Oklahoma countyside of over 400 dead crows hung on barbwire fences. This version of the series records a time when our culture saw crows as enemies.

About seventy-five years ago this country declared war against crows. Millions were killed. They died by gun shot. Bert Popowski, author of "The Varmint and Crow Hunter’s Bible," said he personally shot from 80,000 to 90,000 crows. Others died by poison and by trapping. They died from explosives. State fish and game agents bombed crow roosts routinely in the 1940s and 50s, killing thousands. In 1940 in Rockford, Illinois dynamite killed over 328,000 roosting crows. This horror is war.

These digital constructs are printed on archival papers with archival inks.

Auto Immersion

Project: Auto-immersion:
These prints show my concern over our seemingly unalterable path toward rising waters, no matter what is destroyed in our wake. Scientists have told us that the effects of 400 parts per million (PPM) of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be devastating to life as we know it. Our current reading of 400ppm is higher than it’s been for anywhere from 800,000 to 15 million years ago. Our love affair with the automobile has pushed us towards climate changes that may change our way of life forever.

All images are digital constructs printed on archival paper with archival inks.

Anthropocene Wet Dreams

Project: Anthropocene Wet Dreams

These images show a nightmare version of climate change and rising waters. In these images, the barrier between air and water disappear - oceans crash in front of us and underwater stacks of automobiles rumble and rust. Turtles with human faces fly through the air, horses drown in rising waters, and severed limbs from trees leave knotted eyes that weep.. Beauty and the technological beast become boondoggles and cockleburs for the mind. And over and over we see the plight of the denizens of this planet as we ignore the warnings of a coming climate catastrophe.

These digital constructs are printed on archival papers with archival inks.

Bestiary

The Bestiary:

First created in the middle ages, Bestiaries are illustrated books of animals, real and imagined. Sometimes allegorical, these creatures reflected stories and ideas from the Christian world. So, for instance, the dove represents peace. Contemporary bestiaries, however, often draw upon an artist’s outrage about the damage done to our flora and fauna.

A Sampling of Sculpture

These sculptors are primarily commissioned pieces from a stained glass, bronze window in a church in Stillwater, Oklahoma to a bronze grave marker for Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore. Most of the materials are steel, cast bronze and aluminum, and stained glass.

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