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Monthly Archives: August 2011

 
It was a hot and steamy day in DeLand. Ninety seven degrees and the  humidity was giving 110 percent. I find that inspiring.  I am sporting boots, welding jacket, helmet and gloves.  Beads of sweat sizzle as they drip from my glistening brow onto a fresh weld. The flames on my welding helmet aren’t stickers… they are actual fire.  The steam fogs my helmet.  I can’t see. That is why my welds are so ugly.  
  
 
 BACK TO REALITY
 
As many of you know, but for those of you who don’t, I installed the eighteen foot kinetic sculpture at the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando a few weeks ago. Everything went according to plan and it was exciting and a relief to get out of my studio, have everything fit and balance and see it installed in its final site. The sculpture is titled “L’ homme”, as it is an abstract representation of the museum founder Michael Mennello.  Here is a photo…John and Michael Mennello on installation day.

John and Michael Mennello on installation day

they let me on the ladder with a hammer

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ON TO NEW THINGS

I will be having a show at the Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary, Florida.  The exhibit will be a “two person show”, John Wilton, from DeLand and myself. The show is titled: “Post-Surrealists in Paradise”. The opening reception will be Sunday, September 11, 2011, 2 – 4:00 in the afternoon. Hope you can join us. It will be a fun show, full of color and great art. (just my opinion). Here is the poster…

If you want to actually read this it should be on the Gateway Center website

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AND NOW A PREVIEW – Rated G  (groovy)
 
Here are a couple of photos of two of the pieces that I am working on for the Wilton/Wolfe show and also a couple of the sculptures I am doing for the 2011 DeLand Sculpture Walk. If you haven’t been to DeLand to see the sculpture, you should come for a visit. For more info, go to the Museum of Florida Art website.

close up of a tropical tree for the WW show

DeLand sculpture close up in primer. It will be 14 feet tall.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ALL IS WELL ON THE HOME FRONT
 
Geri is great and keeps me on track. The Yorkies (Bogie and Sophie), the Koi (Jimmy, Spot, Checkers, Red Head, Goldie and Creamsicle) and the Chickens (Lucy, Geegers, Marilyn and Monroe, Little Red Hen and Paige) keep us busy.  The chickens are just now giving us eggs.

this is Paige (foreground), Geegers (background)

 
Talk to you again soon,
John
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