Early this year Josh and I were invited to participate in an exhibit along with 30 other artists. Artists who worked in all different medium. The exhibit was called “Unfinished”. The idea of the exhibit was for all of us to come together and bring two pieces that, for whatever reason, we had started but never finished. When we met, all of our names were put into a bowl and we each drew out two other artists names. We then had to take their piece and go home and finish it, however we wanted to. The exhibit was to be in the summer.
My first thought was, “I do metal sculpture. What am I supposed to do with a painting??” And for that matter, how is a painter going to finish a sculpture? I admit I went home, put my two paintings in the other room and sort of put it in the back of my mind. I think Josh did too. But, every time a reminder email came I was forced to think about it and stress over it. It really was a test of creativity and vision. In a way, it put me back to my college days when we were given assignments that forced us to think “outside the box”.
When I finally made myself get into it, I really liked what these two artists had started. I liked the lines, curves, and feel of each piece. They were actually somewhat similar.
This piece was started by Denise Gasser.
I have a can of small metal punch outs that were perfect on both pieces. It was a real change to be working with little tiny pieces of steel instead of the large pieces I’m used to. Most were stainless steel but a few were steel and I painted several of them black. Pieces of fill rod worked great on some of the lines. I cut different sizes of stainless steel grating to fit into some of the blank areas. When it was complete, I welded together a steel frame and painted it black.
On this piece, instead of the stainless steel, I used pieces of steel with a rust patina that I often use in my sculptures. Again, pieces of fill rod worked great along the lines she had already done.
This piece was started by Aundrea Frahm.
I would have to say it was one of the more challenging projects I’ve taken on, but when it was done, it was kind of fun and I was happy with the way both pieces turned out. It was fortunate for me that the two pieces I got actually blended well with the materials that I always work with!
It was an interesting experience to work with what another artist had started. I very much hoped that what I added would please them rather than disappoint them. I was very happy with the way two more artists finished my unfinished sculptures! The entire exhibit was amazing! I’m not sure that everyone viewing it could really appreciate the challenge we all had but it was a great experience.
Thanks to Namon Bills and Carrie Wardle for the invitation to participate in an awesome adventure!
The exhibit was held at the Bountiful Davis Art Center, which is a beautiful facility with a staff that is knowledgeable and very supportive. I feel bad that I am writing about this after the fact, but you can still view all of the art work in the exhibit at facebook.com/unfinishedartshow