Should I Buy This Sculpture?

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” Oscar Wilde

Once in a while a quote will jump out and speak directly to you, and this is the case with this quote. And let’s take it the next step, not in the creating of art but in collecting art. We have always encouraged collectors to buy what they love, not necessarily buy what the designer says, what color the couch is, nor to buy because the artist is up and coming and might prove profitable in the future.

There are some basic questions that need to be asked before a person should purchase a piece of art that will be a part of their lives:
1. Does the piece of art work speak to you?
2. Do you feel an emotional attachment to it?
3. Do you think about it? In a positive way?
4. When you walk by it does it stir some feelings within you? Sometimes these feelings can be explained by the subject matter or by understanding what the artist is trying to say, sometimes not.  Just because the artist sees something in it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to see the same thing.
5. Do you like it? How’s that for plain and simple, yet so very powerful!

The joy of collecting art is the joy of surrounding yourself with items that you feel an emotional attachment to and that bring you pleasure. That is the reason for collecting art.

"Visiting Orion"

“Visiting Orion”

 

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Metal Wall Sculptures Enhance Patio Areas

In homes and offices we just assume there will be art on the walls and expect to see it when we walk into a room, but why limit it to just the indoors? Metal wall sculpture can be a true enhancement to any patio area! Many times those outdoor walls are cold and stark and we tend to just accept them as utilitarian but they certainly don’t need to be so. A splash of color, an interesting design, attention grabbing assemblage – this creates total interest to an otherwise predictable wall. Patios are generally designed as relaxation areas as is evidenced in the lounging furniture that is so prevalent and when the walls are ignored there is a missed opportunity for tying in design to the total area, making the area a completed designed space. Utilizing metal in a sculpture on an outdoor wall assures that the sculpture will withstand the test of weather and a person can place it and forget it. This alone can decrease stress in our otherwise busy lives!

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Is It A Sculpture Or A Statue?

A statue is always a sculpture but a sculpture is not always a statue.  OK, both are 3d in nature and both can be made from many different materials.  The difference is that a sculpture can be depicting anything, any thoughts, any ideas,  while a statue is a realistic image of a living thing, usually the human figure. When you  look at a sculpture you don’t necessarily know what it is depicting while when you look at a statue you know immediately that it is a human figure, or a dog, or a tree.

The attached picture is a great example of sculptures and statues.  The center sculpture is a bronze sculpture created by Kevin Robb titled “Radical 2” and is fabulous as a focal point in this garden.  The statues surrounding the pool are human figures.  The design of this garden is a fun example of utilizing both.

Just having fun with the English language, you can sculpt (verb) and work as a sculptor (noun) but you certainly can’t stat(verb ??) and work as a stator (noun ???)

"Radical 2"

“Radical 2″

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4 Unique Aspects of a Kevin Robb Sculpture

  1.  Kevin’s designs are fabulous!  They are free flowing and graceful.  Contemporary and classic all at the same time.
  2. Kevin’s quality of craftsmanship is not to be compared!  All edges are ground smooth, the individual elements are cut into one another rather than just sat upon the top of each other and there are never any welds shown.
  3. Kevin’s sculptures are contemporary and bold and appeal to a very wide audience.  This is important for corporations so not to “be in the face” so to speak, or confuse or irritate, any potential clients.
  4. Kevin’s sculptural designs work fabulously in many different sizes, table top to garden to monumental sizes.  A large stainless steel sculpture at the entrance to a corporate headquarters can utilize that same design in a tabletop size to be awarded to top producers.

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The Naming of A Sculpture

How does an artist go about naming a creation?  It depends on so many different factors including the artists’ intention of the piece as well as the individuals observing the sculpture.  A contemporary sculpture invites a viewer’s interpretation and many times a name on a piece will influence this interpretation. This week the naming of a sculpture took on a life of its’ own.  This stainless steel sculpture, standing at 9’4” in height, was just completed and standing gloriously outside the studio door, without a name.  A collector saw a glance of this sculpture in the background of a photo of a commissioned piece and was curious about it.  Sharing pictures of this new large scale sculpture the collector immediately named it.  He knew exactly what the sculpture said to him.  This collector now owns the sculpture physically as well as emotionally.  And isn’t this what art collecting is all about?  “Love Your Lover” is a beautiful stainless steel sculpture that has two large elements connected ever

"Love Your Lover"

“Love Your Lover”

so gracefully in the center and will be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come on the collector’s deck.

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A Sculptor’s Favorite Piece

Many people are curious as to my most favorite sculpture created in the last 30+ years of sculpting and the answer is easy – it’s the next one I’m about to build!  It is the creating that is the thrill!  Once a sculpture is completed the beauty of it lives on by itself and I have released it, and I receive pure joy to witness a person appreciating something I have created.  But my favorite sculpture of all times is the design that is embedded into my head and wanting to come to life.  Looking at a piece of stainless steel my head starts to dance – seeing a shape or design in something as simple as a tree, a cloud passing by, the shadows on a wall, and I am visualizing that next sculpture that must leave my thought processes.   Sketchbooks and napkins are filled with ideas that I haven’t the time to build, yet when I get into the studio, the metal beckons and the cuts and curves take on a life of their own.  This is my favorite sculpture of all times – the sculpture that is about to become a reality.

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Process of Creativity

It has always been pure joy to experience a sculpture “coming alive” and this process can take on many forms.  A new sculpture being created in the studio is a free flowing process, cutting the metal and welding the different curves.  Then, stepping back and letting the metal speak to what needs to happen next to create a fabulous new design; a process that is a continuing journey where one must be patient to witness the final destination.  The process is slow, labor intensive, and can take weeks or months to produce a new sculpture.  The joy though, comes in touching and feeling the metal and experiencing the natural flow of utilizing ones’ hands to create a thing of beauty.

Then there is the building of a sculpture for a public art project where the creative process takes place on the other end of the spectrum by using a computer with 3d software.  Instead of metal being bent and stepping back to appreciate the flow, it is a move of the hand on the mouse to witness a new curve, a new angle, a new juxtapostion of the elements.  This process is fast paced with the instant grtafication of visualizing a new design.  Which process is better?  I must admDiscovering The Stars dWR Sketchit I thoroughly enjoy both!

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Contemporary Bronze Sculptures Showing Their Stuff In The Cold

One of the beauties of winter is seeing things in your garden in a new and different way.  Contemporary bronze sculptures which are covered in frost is a perfect example of appreciating the different looks of a garden in the different seasons as well as enhancing the looks and feel of sculpture.  A bronze sculpture covered in frost and snow highlights the beauty of the design of the sculpture, and all of a sudden it’s not the color of the patina on the bronze that usually brings warmth to the bronze sculpture, but the shape of the sculpture itself.  The frost and snow brings a different type of warmth – the warmth of a beautiful contemporary design that sings its’ beauty in its environment.  The beauty of contemporary sculpture and the beauty of nature combine to enhance the beauty of the garden.

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Quality Always Wins In Contemporary Sculpture

Elle Décor magazine (Nov 2012) conducted “The Luxury Survey”, a survey of more than 400 members of Elle Décor’s Designer Registry.  “Quality beats everything else in determining what constitutes true luxury, with 68% of designers citing it as the single most important factor.  No other aspect reached even double digits in the survey.” When collecting contemporary sculpture, quality should always be a major consideration.  Is the craftsmanship of the highest quality?  Does the artist have the skill level to execute his vision?  Has the artist taken the same amount of time and effort to complete the sculpture as the time and effort put forth in creating his vision?  Next time you are looking for a sculpture take a look at the execution in the creation of the sculpture.  As in anything, quality always shows through.

Close up view of a Kevin Robb stainless steel sculpture

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Enjoying Contemporary Sculpture In A Realism World

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A quote by Molly Shapiro, author of Point, Click, Love caught my eye and it really struck home. “Society likes to categorize its art. Why? Better to market it, I think. But how many people hate country music, yet love Patsy Cline? Find romantic comedies dreadful but adore When Harry Met Sally? Shun science fiction but are fascinated by Philip K. Dick?”

Is it contemporary?  Is it modern?  Is it post-modern?  What is it?  How many people state they don’t like contemporary art, yet enjoy the figures of Henry Moore?  Don’t appreciate a contemporary, non-realistic sculpture yet their favorite piece of jewelry is just that – a fabulous, non-realistic design?  This is truly part of the beauty of contemporary sculpture.  The dynamic designs of these sculptures sing and dance and stand on their own beauty.  Can you see that bird in the large stainless steel sculpture that sits in the roundabout of an intersection?  How about seeing a tree or a dog in that contemporary garden sculpture?  No one can state unequivocally that it is, or is not, a bird, tree or dog even if your imagination might see it.  How fun it can be to appreciate all categories of art!

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