Four Gates at Austin City Hall 2013-2015 Catalog

Four Gates

 

Steel, wood, ink, chalk, hardware, 98″ x 120″ x 120″

Read my writing about the process of making the Four Gates:

Planning the piece

Getting the wood base cut

My inspiration for the sculpture Four Gates is from Mark Helprin’s novel The Winter’s Tale.

There is a short chapter at the end of the first third of the book, page 219, titled Four Gates. Here is an excerpt from the chapter:

“To enter a city intact it is necessary to pass through one of the new gates. They are far more difficult to find than their solid predecessors, for they are tests, mechanisms, devices, and implementations of justice. There once was a map, now long gone, one of the ancient charts upon which colorful animals sleep or rage. Those who saw it said that in its illuminations were figures and symbols of the gates. The east gate was that of acceptance of responsibility, the south gate that of the desire to explore, the west gate that of devotion to beauty, and the north gate that of selfless love.

The steel circles have four different diameters, 78″, 84″, 90″, and 96″ so that four different average sized adults can stand in the circles and expand the geometry of their reach to their biggest selves, as in Vitruvius’ drawing.  I inscribed on each of the four gates a section of the sentence above.  After conversations with friends, I chose the North Gate, that of selfless love, to be the largest. The largest and the smallest are opposite each other, and the two middle sized are opposite each other. When four people expand themselves inside the circles, they create a sculptural human community.

This sculpture was the focal point of the show. The “Four Gates Drawings” were made from these circles laying down on paper.

 

Four Gates from the East
Four Gates from the East
Sacred Space at the Dougherty Art Center
Four Gates from the West
Large Metal Circular Sculptures Installed
Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell
Liana Putrino, Megan McIlwain and Katy Hirschfield in the gate of beauty sculpture, Sacred Space Art Party
Liana Putrino, Megan McIlwain and Katy Hirschfield in the gate of beauty, of course
Bright blue exterior of Full Bloom sculpture 2013-2015 Catalog

Full Bloom

paint on steel, concrete, 48″ x 62″ x 62″, 2013

Full Bloom is about the intensity of the compacted self. It is a mini temple for one person. It has a painting on the outside of the dome and another on the inside of the dome. The space is small, so only smaller adults or children might have the idea to go under it, so the inside is meant to be a surprise for the curious. Full Bloom has two different shapes painted on it in repeating patterns, “I Am Free” and “Beautiful Mess”. It is made from one 37″ diameter steel hemisphere with four 12″ hemispheres attached to the sides at an angle. The steel domes sit on top of four concrete columns made of stacked cylinders of concrete.

Full Bloom Inside
Underneath, looking up

 

 

Full Bloom and Drawings
Full Bloom and Drawings at the Dougherty Art Center

 

 

Full Bloom and Circle Walk Drawing
Under Full Bloom and Circle Walk Drawing

 

Looking down on top of Shining Apollo sculpture 2013-2015 Catalog

Shining Apollo, Descending Apollo

Shining Apollo: paint and patina on steel, concrete, 92″ x 88″ x 88″, 2013

Descending Apollo: the drop from the dome, paint and patina on steel, 60″ x 60″ x 6″, 2013

Sculpture as a tribute to the sun. The shape was chosen by making many quick ink drawings to find dynamic shape that worked well in circular composition.

Click on this post to see the process of making Shining Apollo.

 

 

 

 

 

photo by Melissa Bartling

Side view of framed gesture drawings on gallery wall, Umlauf Sculpture Garden 2013-2015 Catalog

Umlauf Gestures

mixed media on paper, 10″x14″, 2013

In April 2013, I was the Featured Artist at the annual Garden Party at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. It was quite an honor, and quite the night.

I produced 20+ drawings using the geometry and gestures of my hand to benefit the Umlauf. These were sold at the event and given as gifts to the board members.

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photo by Payam Golshan

 

3 Circle Drawings A 2013-2015 Catalog

3 Circle Drawings

3 Circle Drawings B

ink on paper, 32 drawings 7″x14″ each, 2013

These drawings were made as studies for gestural compositions within a circle. One was used as the image in “Shining Apollo”, and of course its negative drop “Descending Apollo”. Another was used as the graphic image for the “I Am Free” hemisphere and on the dome of “Full Bloom”.

 

Apollo Drawings

I Am Free

3 Circle Drawings

3 Circle Drawings A

We Cried 2013-2015 Catalog

We Cried

We Criedink, paint, and charcoal on paper, 109″x96″, 2013

This drawing includes a quote from Mark Helprin’s The Winter’s Tale. It was made as an artist friend of mine and I moved around the paper and had a conversation. It reads:

“They cried because of the magic and the contradictions; because time had passed and time was left; because they saw themselves as if they were in a photograph that had winked fast enough to contradict their mortality; because the city around them had conspired to break a thousand hearts; and because they and everyone else had to float upon this sea of troubles, watertight. Sometimes there were islands, and when they found them they held fast, but never could they hold fast enough not to be moved and once again overwhelmed.”

Circle Walk 2013-2015 Catalog

Circle Walk

Circle Walk

ink on paper, 96″x83″ 2012

This drawing was made as a performative piece during the East Austin Studio Tour in 2012 on my back porch. I used a 72″ diameter circle, inked my feet and walked the circle.

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Solo Circle 2013-2015 Catalog

Solo Circle

Solo Circleink and charcoal on paper, 95″x64″ 2012

This drawing was made using a 62″ diameter steel circle on paper and using it as a drawing tool to play with a circle that is the diameter of my height.

WCircle 2013-2015 Catalog

W and R Circles

R Circle

ink, paint and charcoal on paper, 57″x59″ 2012

ink, paint and charcoal on paper, 60″x55″ 2012

This drawing was made by laying down a 54″ diameter steel circle onto a large piece of paper, asking my son Wallace to compose himself in it, and me drawing and painting around him.

This drawing was made by laying down a 48″ diameter steel circle onto a large piece of paper, asking my son Roland to compose himself in it, and me drawing and painting around him.