Improv Works

Years ago I began to use improvisation as a way of making work.  I discovered that while working in an improvisational method the content of the piece would come through subconsciously.  While developing from a reaction or response to materials to finished work, this process could open the artwork to truth, and with purity.  The more I explored improvisation the more interesting things would develop in the work both physically in material and in the symbolic images.  Inspired by the results I introduced this into my teaching and discovered even more of the methods potential.  I called it "Improv Works”.  To define this method it would be to react to any material or object in the moment to create a sculpture without worry of the subject.  At anytime more material or made objects could be introduced to the project.  This simple moment of improv suddenly became a new set of variables to consider in the work.  This focus on the dialog or design happening between materials and forms can begin to reveal itself through the creation.  As a result of this method the subject of the work will become clear through a subconscious transfer.  At this moment of discovery then the finishing of the work can begin for final development.

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" Little house on a Narrow Path" 2005 Wood, Cast Aluminum, Found Object

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" Little house on a Narrow Path" 2005 Wood, Cast Aluminum, Found Object

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" Love and Forgiveness" 2004 Wood, Ceramics, Burlap, Fibers, Sugar

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" Carry Your Own Weight" 2003 Wood, Cast Paper, Burlap, Twine, Tobacco Leaves

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"Oklahoma Stone House" 2003 Wood, Stone, Forge Steel, Rope

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"Rockabye Baby" 2008 Steel, Ceramic, Cast Iron, Fabric, Tread, and Safety Pins.

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"Relocation" 2008 Bronze, Cast Iron, Steel, Wood, Cables, Found Objects

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"On the Horizon" 2019 Wood, Burlap, Blue Jay Feather, Cast Iron, String 

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"Slag Filter" 2003 Ceramics, Wood, Forge Steel, Slag Cast Iron, Found Objects

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" Cool Water" 2005 Wood, Ceramics, Fibers, Rope, Found Objects

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"Tensions in the Center" 2012 Wood, Steel, Cast Iron

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"Tide To What Binds Us" 2019 Cast Iron, Fabric, Forged Steel, Basket