Monday, January 13, 2014

"Heroes Before Us" Print and Sculpture Exhibition

In October of 2012 Tim Timmerman, director of the Minthorne Gallery at George Fox University, invited me to exhibit my work. 

What a wonderful opportunity! I've been thinking and making art for this exhibit ever since.

I was at that time working on "Journey" as theme and rust as medium and the work made for this exhibition continues my exploration of the hero's journey in Monotype Print, Rust Print and Sculpture in steel and wood. 

The circle is a reoccurring element in many of these new images.  It is for me symbolic of the hero's quest for balance in his exploration of the creative, spiritual and cultural impulses of humankind.  Nine of these rust images were made  by using an open steel plate and acetate stencils; a variation on the water-jet cut steel plates I typically print from.

The image at left, "Kentro" (The Center), is a Rust Print, 30 x 30 in.  The image below, "Kore" is a Rust Print, 30 x 30 in.

I am inspired by these words and as I have developed this body of work I have often reflected on them ― 

"We have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us, the labyrinth is fully known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; 
where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; 
where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; 
where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.”
― Joseph Campbell.





1 comment:

  1. I can see where the Joseph Campbell quote is rich indeed with layers of insight. Your work is stunning and I wish you the very best for your opening!

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