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For the last several years my sculptural work has become largely kinetic and interactive. It is often witty, profound and provocative. Much of it seems to exist in the realm of the unlikely. These days, my mind is in a whirl, trying to understand how to make very complicated things appear to be smooth, slow and coordinated.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Burghers of Calais

The Burghers of Calais is one of Auguste Rodin's most famous sculptures. It serves as a monument to the occurrence in 1347 during the Hundred Years' War, when England's Edward III laid siege to Calais, an important French port on the English Chanel.  Philip VI of France ordered the people of the city to hold out at all costs.  The ultimately failed and starvation eventually forced them to surrender.  Edward offered to spare the citizens as long as six of its top leaders would surrender and face execution.  Edward demanded that they walk out wearing nooses around their necks, and carrying the keys to the city and castle.  One of the wealthiest of the town leaders, Eustache de Saint Pierre, volunteered first, and five other burghers (members of the bourgeoisie) joined him.  Saint Pierre led this envoy of volunteers to the city gates.

It was this moment, and this poignant mix of defeat, heroic self-sacrifice, and willingness to face imminent death that Rodin captured in his sculpture, completed in 1889.

Although the burghers expected to be executed, their lives were spared by the intervention of England's
Queen, Philippa of Hainault, who persuaded her husband to exercise mercy by claiming that their deaths would be a bad omen for their unborn child.

Friday, January 10, 2014

I am pleased to announce that my work will be in three different shows over the next four months!

The first is a solo exhibition at the University of New Hampshire titled ‘Songs into the Air’ at the Paul Creative Arts Center from January 24 – March 30.  The reception for the show will be Friday, January 24, 6 - 8 pm.  I hope to see many of you there!

The second exhibition is at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA is titled ‘Machines and Mechanizations: Explorations in Contemporary Kinetic Sculpture’. February 2 to June 1.  I will be speaking February 9 at 1 pm at the gallery.

'Babel' : This work examines failures in communication.  It is interactive so that when you approach it many conversation fragments issue forth so as to become almost entirely incomprehensible. 

The Shop: where the wheels turn . . . ’ This is my biennial solo exhibition at the Boston Sculptors Gallery at 486 Harrison Ave in Boston.  This is what my studio looks like.  Eric Sealine will be exhibiting simultaneously in the back gallery.  The exhibition will be open March 12 – April 13 with a reception March 15, 5 – 8 pm.  I will be updated you all further as we get closer to the opening.

We don’t often get to see the mess and chaos of the artist’s studio.  Mine is in the last remaining, pre-Civil War shoe factory in Natick, MA where I cobble together my contraptions and flights of fancy. This is what my shop looks like in all its workaday glory.  It is packed with stuff.  Lots of stuff.  Junk and finely crafted old things; and all those things have stories: the treasures, the chards of other times, the tools, the machines, the organ pipes and the clutter . . .