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Formed and Bent: Modern + sleek sculptures

October 25, 2023

Exciting and modern, three dimensional organic works now available!

I’ve been given the opportunity to showcase sculptures handmade from natural materials crafted by a long-standing, metro Detroit sculptor. Twisted steel, bold paints and bent wood become luscious and engaging forms ready to adorn a concrete floor, resin shelves, or colorful walls.

There are over 50 sculptures in various sizes, shapes, and materials for sale. Price points range from $250 – $5,000, with the average price at $1500.

Contact me for more details or to schedule a personal walk-through of the retrospective that runs until early December, 2023 in Dearborn, MI.

Andrea Bogart
Founder / Lead Art Advisor
Industry IIDA

WORKS

A Tree is a Wild Thing series

We try our best to civilize it by chopping it down and sectioning it into the geometric shapes we call lumber, but a rich organic beauty persists within even the lowliest pine board. In this series, the artist takes that “lumber” and coaxes it into shapes and objects that are more evocative of its original personality and home.

Below are a few works from the 24-piece series. For the full catalog or to visit the work in person, contact Andrea Bogart.

Triple Delight, 2020 - 1

Triple Delight, 2020

Wood, steel, paint, reclaimed leather
36 x 14 x 4 inches

Valentine - 2

Valentine, 2020

Mixed media
12 x 10 x 5 inches

With Honors - 3

With Honors, 2020

Wood, steel, paint, reclaimed leather
36 x 14 x 4 inches

Two Ways Through This - 4

Two Ways Through This, 2020

Wood, acrylic paint
30 x 9 x 4 inches

Enso and Beyond series

Choker 2023 Laminated Wood, Aluminum, Paint 30” X 30” X 6” - 5

Enso is an ink circle drawn briefly and in one stroke. Drawing enso is a disciplined creative practice of Japanese ink painting, sumi-e. For many, drawing enso is a spiritual practice for self-realization. Enso exemplifies the various dimensions of the Japanese wabi-sabi perspective and aesthetic: fukinsei (asymmetry, irregularity), kanso (simplicity), koko (basic; weathered), shizen (without pretense; natural), yugen (subtly profound grace), datsuzoku (freedom), and seijaku (tranquility).

Below are a few works from the 9-piece series. For the full catalog or to visit the work in person, contact Andrea Bogart.

(left) Choker, 2023
Laminated wood, aluminum, paint
30 x 30 x 6 inches

Brushstroke - 6

Brushstroke, 2023

Laminated wood, aluminum, paint
24 x 12 x 3 inches

Poise And Restraint - 7
Poise and Restraint, 2022

Laminated wood, steel
34 x 32 x 4 inches

Welcome Back - 8

Welcome Back, 2023

Laminated wood, rope, ink, paint
48 x 22 x 6 inches

Two Ways Through This - 4

Two Ways Through This, 2020

Wood, acrylic paint
30 x 9 x 4 inches

Letterform series

Korean Patois 1 2023 Laminated Wood, Paint, Dye 20” X 32” X 4” - 10

Our experience when reading words in a language that we speak is focused on the meaning of those words. In fact, the very purpose of any written language is to carry ideas from the writer to the reader. Written words are typically percieved as purely functional tools of communication, the meaning of a word is its only function, and the only way those markings can have meaning.

In his series Letterforms, the artist has changed perspective of the written word. He examines the graphical nature of typography; its loops, serifs, descenders and punctuations, and suggests that there is another level of meaning conveyed.
For source material, he uses his native English, as well as other languages that use non-western alphabets and character sets, among them are Thai, Armenian, Korean, Hebrew, Chinese and more.

Below are a few works from the 8-piece series. For the full catalog or to visit the work in person, contact Andrea Bogart.

(left) Korean Patois 1, 2023
Laminated wood, paint, dye
20 x 32 x 4 inches

Armenian Patois - 11
Armenian Patois, 2023

Laminated bent wood, paint, dye
26 x 23 x 4 inches

Ebrology - 12

Ebrology, 2018

Steel, laminated wood, dye
29 x 29 x 2 inches

Chinese Patois - 13

Chinese Patois, 2023

Laminated wood, paint, dye
23 x 18 x 4 inches

Thai Patois - 14

Thai Patois, 2023

Laminated wood, paint, dye
20 x 32 x 4 inches

imotu series

Imotu 5S 2021 Wood, Paint 12” X 12” X 1” - 15

imotu is an imaginary language invented by the artist consisting of a set of characters, with the goal of communicating nuanced human emotions. The characters don’t have phonetic attributes and cannot be spoken, only written.

People tend to be reserved and private with their emotions, but maybe if they had a better method, it would give people a vehicle to express themselves more freely, more accurately, or more completely.

As an art project, these characters, made from plywood and paint, could have dimension and color that might relate to their meaning, but are also presented as curious and beautiful objects, without regard to meaning.

Below are a few works from the 6-piece series. For the full catalog or to visit the work in person, contact Andrea Bogart.

(left) imotu 5S, 2021
Wood, paint
12 x 12 x 1 inches

Imotu 1S - 16

imotu 1S, 2021

Wood, paint
12 x 12 x 1 inches

Imotu 4S - 17

imotu 4S, 2021

Wood, paint
12 x 12 x 1 inches

Imotu 6L - 18

imotu 6L, 2021

Wood, paint
38 x 28 x 2 inches

Imotu 3S - 19

imotu 3S, 2021

Wood, paint
12 x 12 x 1 inches

The Covers series

Millennium Drip - 20

Music has always spoken to me on a primal, visceral level. All my life, music has illicited an emotional response in me that is often unexplainable. I am sometimes so excited by music that my joy bubbles over and I just want to shout, or I can be moved to tears by its beauty.

I am not talking about poignant lyrics here, although they can have an effect on me too, albeit less intense. I mean the sound of some music touches me more deeply than nearly anything else – and I don’t even know why.

Some years ago, I noticed that the music I was listening to while making art was having an effect on the finished product. I decided to take it a step further by purposely focusing a sculpture on a single piece of music.

I found it to be so easy, so natural a way for me to work, that it almost seemed as if the pieces were making themselves. I created a playlist and went to work. The resulting collection of artwork is my album of “covers”.

My approach was not to imitate the music in the literal sense of illustrating lyrics or musical themes, but to use the attributes of the music to drive my choices about the sculpture’s attributes.

Below are a few works from the 19-piece series. For the full catalog or to visit the work in person, contact Andrea Bogart.

(left) Millennium Drip, 2013
Steel
48 x 8 x 7 inches

Embrace - 21

Embrace, 2015

Stainless steel, powder coat
16 x 25 x 17 inches

Collider - 22

Collider, 2019

Steel, paint, wood
76 x 32 x 30 inches

Precious - 23

Precious, 2013

Steel
5 x 13 x 11 inches

Wound And Unwound - 24

Wound and Unwound, 2013

Steel, stainless steel
24 x 59 x 35 inches

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