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a chronology of my 37 year career; This is a lecture designed for general population undergrad students and has presented at The University of Minnesota and 13 other colleges and art centers

a chronology of my 37 year career; This is a lecture designed for general population undergrad students and has presented at The University of Minnesota and 13 other colleges and art centers

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    The search for significance in the contemporary art landscape
    As an American Artist trained in the mid 1970’s I have searched for a sense of meaning, lets call it significance, in the practice of the visual arts. This is a short story of what that journey has meant to me.
    The Stevens Gallery co-op Gallery, Minneapolis Minnesota 1975
    Conceptual Art, Earth Art, Kinetic Art, Performance Art, Feminist Art, Pluralism, These are some of the key concepts that swirled about within the dialog of Contemporary Art
    And as a young art student I understood and became well versed within these various idioms. But I felt lost I felt that I needed more I needed to feel connected to art history and at the same time I needed to own my personal voice. To find my unique self.
    I grew up in Chicago
    When I was Student at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design I asked my college professor ,AribertMunzner, how to reconcile my feelings of disconnected disinterest in contemporay art dialog with my desire to be a part of the larger art dialog. He asked me what I did when I was 4 years old. Well I grew up in Chicago and so of course as little kid I used to make cities, and buildings. I drew them, I molded them in clay, I built little skyscrapers with sticks, that’s what I did, I played city. All the time, and I was happy.
  • 4. EREHWON
    1975-76 Minneapolis College of Art and Design
    Munzner suggested that the key to finding my place within the contemporary art world would not be found in pursuite of the multiple isms and art paths I studied within my formal art training but rather the key was hidden deep within my own personal history. It was hidden within the things I made when I was 4 years old. He told me to go to my studio and make one building.
    I went back and I made a single small scale wax building and I returned a week latter. Professor Munzner smiled and instructed me, “ now go make 10. “ I did.
    The next week he uped the count to 100 and as time went by I ended up creating a huge imaginary city that I called Erehwon. It was 30 feet long and 15 feet wide and it held thousands of structures each with its own story.
  • 5. ErEhwon
    33 feet long 12 feet wide 1975-76
    When it was complete it had become a legendary piece of art and It was well loved across the spectrum of the art community centered around the College as well within the wider community. I had created a work of art which had no pretension no desire to fit into the dialog all around but which represented my personal vision. Add on
    1976 wax about 16 feet long and 8 feet wide
  • 7. Blue Point
    1977 about 4 feet long
  • 8. Pentalandia at night
    1976-77 collection The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    20 feet across
  • 9. Pentalandia at sunset
    When displayed it has an elaborate light show that tracks the course of the sun
  • 10. Teaching is important for all artists
    It helps us verbalize the unexplainable
    Or not
  • 11. Mighty mississippi
    Collection The Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance company, St Paul Minnesota 1981
    44 feet long 4 feet tall encaustic map
    Saint Louis Missouri
  • 13. Allyn
    Robert Thompson Gallery Minneapolis 1985
    An interactive social sculpture
    24 feet long
  • 14. GLOBE
    A collaboration with Remo Compopiano
    1985 encaustic
    Exhibited at the Minnesota Museum of Art 1986
  • 15. History of architecture
    Opus Corporate headquarters, Edina Minnesota
    1986 24 feet long encaustic
  • 16. General mills
    1984 encaustic 6 feet tall
  • 17. Loring suite
    6@ 24 x 24 cast resin chronology of the neighborhood
    Collection Peoples Art Committee, Loring Park, 1987
    Minneapolis Minnesota
  • 18. Loring 1800
    The begining
  • 19. Loring 1920
    The first built city surrounds the pond
  • 20. Loring 1960
    The city is in its second development
  • 21. My fathers fathersfathers house
    Cast resin 24 x24 1987
    Private collection
  • 22. Falls in blue
    Cast resin 1987
    Private collection
  • 23. Falls in green
    Cast resin 1987
    Private collection
    The gift of the magi one of 6 1989
    11 inches tall ceramic
  • 25. Appropriation Giovanni Batista Moroni
    Count SeccoSuardi one of 6 1989
    10 inches tall ceramic
  • 26. lamp
    I only made about 200
    I made ceramic lamps for about 4 years and they sold very well but I got bored and moved on
  • 27. symbol
    1989 bronze about 2 feet long
    Private collection 1989
  • 28. Gloria civita 200 CE
    The history of rome created and destroyed and created again on a
    12 x 12 foot base involving performances and thousands of buildings
  • 29. Gloria Civita 200 BCE
    As it was in 1989
  • 30. Gloria Civita
    The year 0
  • 31. Gloria Civita
    Its final location, Avon Minnesota 1991
  • 32. Gloria Civita 1500 CE
  • 33. The Water Front
    Ceramic 1990
    1 foot long designed to be displayed on a wall
  • 34. Roccastrada
    One of 9 scultpures created on my return from study in Italy
    1992 about 3 feet long
  • 35. This River This Place
    The lobby of the Ninth Federal Reserve District,
    Minneapolis ,Minnesota 1997
    35 feet long
  • 36. This River This Place
    Some of the 270 unfired 20 inch long and 20 inch deep blocks used in its creation
  • 37. The Edmund Fitzgerald
    This River This Place each block tells a unique story from thr 9th federal district
  • 38. The Twin Cities
    Collection Lindquist and Vennum PA, Minneapolis Minnesota 1995
    About 12 feet long ceramic
  • 39. NityGrity City
    Collection Merchant and Gould Pa, Minneapolis Minnesota 1996
    Concrete about 8 feet long
    One of 36 corporate commissions
  • 40. The Original Garden Lights
    Towers are about 2 feet tall and they light up
    These were created in editions of 45 multiples of 12 styles
    They are garden sculptures created between 1991 and 2001
  • 41. Womans river
    About two feet long ceramic 2002
  • 42. Map of sixth street stroll
    A collection of 23 bronze sculptures installed along a
    two block long city walkway in Minneapolis Minnesota
  • 43. Exhibition hall tower
    About 2 feet tall bronze one of the
    23 sixth street stroll pieces
  • 44. St Anthony main
    6thsteet stroll
  • 45. Our Lady of Lourdes
    6th street stroll
  • 46. Mill City Dance
    Designed for the cedar riverside LRT station and installed as a 150 foot long public art work each tower about 10 feet tall 2002 steel
  • 47. BABYLON
    The 4th tower
  • 48. Lobby California building gallery
    I ran the gallery from 2002 until 2008 Babylon was created here
  • 49. Babylon in the Sumerian era
    Babylon like Gloria Civita was an extended performance and narrative sculpture creating and destroying and re-creating a history of Mesopotamia present day Iraq
    It was a war protest
  • 50. Babylon in its studio
    The project had a dedicated studio between 2002 and 2008
  • 51. Babylon
    Akkad the 4th city layer upon layer of history the piece is documented in numerous news items videos pictures and a narative
  • 52. Babylon
    Each phase of the project was based in the history of the region of present day Iraq it’s a long story 12000 years at least
  • 53. babylon
    Yes I really did destroy all I had made and every year I rebuilt on the ruins of my previous work
    Just like reality
  • 54. babylon
    After the destruction there were 5 ceremonial destructions of 5 key empires the war is unending and the US invasion was only one of many attempts to subdue the region.
  • 55. babylon
    Students are baffled. Creation and destruction share the same stage
  • 56. babylon
    It was a very large piece
  • 57. babylon
    The map shows the area occupied by Babylon its 20 feet long
  • 58. Babylon in its last incarnation
    The central tower is 7 feet tall
    Babylon will reappear in July 2010 at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery as part of the McKnight fellowship Exhibition
  • 59. babylon
    The thesis is that the war in Iraq was only the most recent assault on this mother root culture
  • 60. babylon
    The destruction events were very elaborate more than 10,000 people visited Babylon in its life span
  • 61. Babylon
    Detail inside detail inside detail inside detail
  • 62. But then again
    There’s the rent
  • 63. Venetian tower
    Garden towers continue even now
  • 64. lucca
    With a bit more color
  • 65. Saint marks
    My people like their land marks
  • 66. petrosinella
    And the all time favorite is?????
    Its not all serious ya know?
  • 67. You cant get there from here
    Once I found these cool rocks in the black hills
    This one is about 14 inches tall
  • 68. Catheedral rock
    And sometimes its just pretty and yummy
  • 69. Square map
    I still love my maps
    This one is about 16 inches long
  • 70. confluence
    They are ceramic now but its really the same idea as the wax ones done in the 70’s
    This one is 30” long
  • 71. The exchange in chicago
    I draw every day and now when I travel I take a drawing kit with
    Study is important
    This one is 24 inches tall
  • 72. Cass gilbert
    And I still have my hero’s
  • 73. Fire dance
    Drawing lets me experiment with new ideas
  • 74. Foshay Sunday morning
    I love to draw in the early morning light
    and on Sunday morning the cities are empty
  • 75. Foshay color study
    The Sunday drawings lead to many spinoffs
    and I can play with form and color
  • 76. italianate
    I am constantly creating new designs
    This one is part of an edition of multiples
    Its about 16 inches tall
  • 77. Three tier
    I am learning to get very tall this one is 6 feet tall and the collector who owns it put it in a skyscraper apartment in Chicago
    I feel like I am coming home
  • 78. wilshire
    After I closed the gallery and studio I left Minneapolis to wander other cities
  • 79. Red
    I am always learning and I simply follow my art
  • 80. Blue Los Angeles
    I find kilns in cities I visit and I am free to create
    It’s a blast
  • 81. The wigley building
    As in drawing I study real structures but I will never get it straight
    I am in the same place I was back in 1974 maybe even 1964
  • 82. MASTeRY
    With technical, conceptual and intellectual mastery
    One can extend the lessons learned in life or the arts
  • 83. Teaching teachers
    When artists are teachers and teachers are students the chain is formed linking us to a past extending back 12000 years and if one student or one artist is influenced by our actions then we become significant as a link in the chain of continuity.
  • 84. 100 teachers “CIVITAS URBANUS”
    My next massive work will teach 100 teachers who will each instruct 100 students in so doing they will produce 10,000 iconic metaphorical representations of people as architectural representations. “civitas” the city of living people” forming a city of artistic evidence “urbanus, the city of brick” a city of content and meaning linked to the ancient past and pointing into a distant future.
  • 85. But that’ okay
    Because I know I am one of a million not one in a million
    and that defines significance.