2008-09 Sculpture Competition

Blade of Grass

Blade of Grass

Artist: Stephanie Alicea, Garnersville, NY
Media: Steel, 9' x 2' x 4'
Location: Theatre Bristol

Nature is my inspiration, my joy, and my muse. Since I was a young child, I have always felt an attraction to the Earth and all of her natural glories. I would spend hours admiring the simplest of flowers, the dew upon a blade of grass, the glory of a bird in flight. Even back then, I would try to recreate the perfection of nature's canvas with pencils, crayons, or whatever other medium I could find.

As an artist, I believe I demonstrate my appreciation for color and nature in every piece that I create. I attempt to capture the colors and subtle shades of real life flowers and animals, yet at the same time, I also enjoy working in the abstract, which allows my imagination to flow freely within the designs that nature inspires in me.

'Blade of Grass' is one such piece. It is a beautifully colored asymmetrical piece that is open to interpretation but also leads one's mind into the direction I want it to go. By using nature's palette, one can see by the colors, if not the shapes, the true beauty of nature.

Stephanie Alicea was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1985. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts, concentrating on painting, with sculpture as her second concentration. Before working with steel, Alicea painted animals in oils and acrylics. She tries to show expression and emotion through natural life forms when it comes to her work. She continues to learn new techniques by studying different artists' work and experimenting in her spare time.

Character

Character

Artist: Samuel Burns, Chattanooga, TN
Media: Painted steel, 8' x 1.5' x 3'
Location: 618 State Street (formerly Ruth King Antiques) Crosswalk

I was originally trained in photography but over the years, sculpture has become a big influence in my artwork, which is mainly about exposing a distorted reality originating from contemporary myth and deep-rooted traditional legend and exploring the varying scales of abstraction. The ability of the mind and eye to bend reality and the potential of such altered perception to affect society as well as the individual, are explored through varying degrees of my abstract expression. Working in both medias is similar with the way light and shadow plays an important part in the appearance and feel of my art.

Samuel Burns spent ten years working for the North Carolina Zoological Park in their design department, designing and constructing animal exhibits along with model construction as part of the construction plans. Later, commercial design and construction of artificial rock and waterscapes continued his path towards artistic construction of sculpture. In 1999 he started full time as a sculptor and photographer using primarily steel and aluminum. In 2007, after being accepted into Art Move Chattanooga, he moved to and set up a studio and home and is now working in large scale sculpture of mostly aluminum.

Cherokee

Cherokee

Artist: Marvin Tadlock, Bristol, VA
Media: Steel, 8' x 3' x 2'
Location: Blakely Mitchell

Creating sculpture is my passion. I have made my living for the past thirty-six years teaching, and helping others discover, enjoy, and make art. My preferences are rusty steel over bronze or marble, tee shirts and jeans over suits, Tuesdays over Sundays, and, show me rather than tell me. I love people, dogs, nature, storms, humor, passion for a cause, and working with fire. Without question, I prefer contemporary art above art from the past. My sculpture usually falls in one of two categories: aesthetic art, art with no content other than design. And, content art, art that is built in response to, or portraying, a strong message.

'Cherokee' is a sculpture that is about designing with steel. Much care was given to the design elements of rhythm, shape, and balance in the placement of these forms within the work. All of the individual sections are geometric, being derived from circles, rectangles and triangles. Suggestions of mountains, rock and crystal formations, drum or moon forms, aided in the naming of this sculpture.

Dr. Marvin Tadlock is a professor at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia. He has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and received his Doctorate of Education from the University of Georgia. Many of his works are on permanent display throughout the Southeast, and he is a frequent exhibitor with numerous awards and accolades throughout his career.

Visit marvintadlock.com to learn more about Marvin Tadlock.

Compromised

Compromised

Artist: Brian Glaze, Hendersonville, NC
Media: Steel, 12' x 7' x 8'
Location: TriSummit Bank Plaza

I have explored the idea of constructing metal musical instruments that are also sculpture in 'The Ferreus Musike Project,' a collaborative performance with the BGSU Dance Department which includes music, sculpture, dance and digital media. This performance included digital video created by myself. Video has been the best way for me to explore issues related to my family's work in the steel mills. Currently I am continuing my research in three main areas — traditional sculpture, large-scale steel sculpture and multi-media performance. All three arenas, though different in many ways, reflect aspects of my personality and heritage, and are woven together through the common thread of metal.

Growing up in northeastern Ohio, Glaze has been surrounded by the steel industry all his life. With family ties dating back five generations, he feels a strong connection to these materials. His work has grown from traditional steel sculpture to include mixed media and collaborative multimedia performance. He works with traditional media (e.g. painting or sculpture) while exploring new avenues that technology has to offer, reinventing the reasons for working in a particular medium, while using new elements to complement that medium.

Visit briannglaze.com to learn more about Brian Glaze.

Connections in Yellow

Connections in Yellow

Artist: Samuel Burns, Chattanooga, TN
Media: Painted steel, 10' x 12' x 5'
Location: Bristol Public Library (upper level)

I was originally trained in photography but over the years, sculpture has become a big influence in my artwork, which is mainly about exposing a distorted reality originating from contemporary myth and deep-rooted traditional legend and exploring the varying scales of abstraction. The ability of the mind and eye to bend reality and the potential of such altered perception to affect society as well as the individual, are explored through varying degrees of my abstract expression. Working in both medias is similar with the way light and shadow plays an important part in the appearance and feel of my art.

Samuel Burns spent ten years working for the North Carolina Zoological Park in their design department, designing and constructing animal exhibits along with model construction as part of the construction plans. Later, commercial design and construction of artificial rock and waterscapes continued his path towards artistic construction of sculpture. In 1999 he started full time as a sculptor and photographer using primarily steel and aluminum. In 2007, after being accepted into Art Move Chattanooga, he moved to and set up a studio and home and is now working in large scale sculpture of mostly aluminum.

Creepy Crawly

Creepy Crawly

Artist: Adam Walls, Red Springs, NC
Media: Painted steel, 4' x 7' x 4'
Location: Bristol Public Library (lower level)

All of my sculpture is concept driven and highly viewer interactive. The concept is usually derived from some memory that was stirred by the shape of some found object, or from some memento that I have held on to since childhood. These things bring up thoughts and experiences that challenge me and guide me through the creative process. My sculpture does range in size drastically at times, but I do tend to prefer to work on a monumental scale. There are interactive elements in much of my work that are often derived from my love of fantasy, escapism, toys, comic book super heroes, and pop-culture icons . This work is interactive as the viewers (in this case, presumably children) are invited to sit inside a menacing, yet fun, oversized robotic spider and find an opportunity for escapism.

Adam Walls graduated with a BFA in Art Education from Limestone College in Gaffney, SC and received his MFA in Sculpture from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. He is currently head of the Sculpture Program at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke in Pembroke, NC.

Visit sculpturebyadamwalls.com to learn more about Adam Walls.

Doppelgänger

Doppelgänger

Artist: Carl Billingsley, Ayden, NC
Media: Steel, 8' x 4' x 4'
Location: Bristol, Virginia Courthouse

'Doppelgänger,' a German word meaning mirror image, both describes this sculpture and implies the change of perspective that is involved when an element is reversed in orientation. Turning the basic element of the sculpture 180 degrees creates a visually dynamic form with great physical stability. This contradiction is one aspect of sculpture which interests me and which I try to exploit whenever possible. I enjoy creating forms which appear to be unstable or which confound the viewers expectations. Strong diagonal lines and forms which rest on edges rather than planes create the sensation in the viewer that the sculpture is about to fall or can't really stand upright. This special dynamic — and the strong and simple shapes from which the sculpture is formed — extend the sculpture into space and make it visually dominant in its environment. My work is not about representing people or things, expressing emotion or making social commentary. I am interested in the physical manifestation of form and in the way these forms occupy and extend into space. I create objects that continue the eternal involvement of mankind with the power of understanding and altering the physical world.

Carl Billingsley was born in Oklahoma and spent his formative years in a variety of locations as his father, a sergeant in the field artillery, was transferred from post to post. Three years in Germany made an indelible impression on Billingsley and he has returned to Europe as an adult many times. Billingsley teaches sculpture at the School of Art & Design, East Carolina University, and has a very active exhibition schedule. Billingsley's work can be found in collections and sculpture parks from North Carolina to Wisconsin. He has permanent public sculptures in Norway, Israel, Estonia, Japan, China and Brazil.

Visit billingsleyatelier.com to learn more about Carl Billingsley.

Icarus

Icarus

Artist: Marvin Tadlock, Bristol, VA
Media: Steel, 10' x 3' x 3'
Location: K.P. Duty Crosswalk

Creating sculpture is my passion. I have made my living for the past thirty-six years teaching, and helping others discover, enjoy, and make art. My preferences are rusty steel over bronze or marble, tee shirts and jeans over suits, Tuesdays over Sundays, and, show me rather than tell me. I love people, dogs, nature, storms, humor, passion for a cause, and working with fire. Without question, I prefer contemporary art above art from the past. My sculpture usually falls in one of two categories: aesthetic art, art with no content other than design. And, content art, art that is built in response to, or portraying, a strong message.

The sculpture 'Icarus' is a work that calls attention to and relies heavily on aesthetics. The design elements of line, shape, form, and certainly balance are important forces in this work. Working additively, using the plasma arc cutter and mig welding, I am able to have forms pierce other forms; and at any moment I am able to freeze them in a precarious position in space. While the work itself suggests movement or flight, hence the title, 'Icarus,' it is in reality quite solid and fixed.

Dr. Marvin Tadlock is a professor at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia. He has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and received his Doctorate of Education from the University of Georgia. Many of his works are on permanent display throughout the Southeast, and he is a frequent exhibitor with numerous awards and accolades throughout his career.

Visit marvintadlock.com to learn more about Marvin Tadlock.

Purple Whisper Bench

Purple Whisper Bench

Artist: Jim Gallucci, Greensboro, NC
Media: Steel, 3' x 10' x 5'
Location: Grassy park area behind the Downtown Center

My sculptures usually incorporate elements that invite viewer participation. This bench is a publicly placed object that invites interaction with the passer-by. The bench is a playful object that invites the public to sit and talk with a friend. Though it can function as a seat, there is an impracticality of form that lures people to explore it and try to discover what it's about. Art is a physical manifestation of an idea or event that calls forth an emotional response from the viewer. It speaks to us and evokes a chord deep within us. Good art challenges us, can make us feel righteous, moves us, soothes us and can bring us peace. A simple bench can be a work of art.

Jim Gallucci, a graduate of LeMoyne College and later Syracuse University with a BFA and MFA in Sculpture, has been a sculptor for over 26 years. He was an art instructor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Alabama at Huntsville. He was an Exhibit Designer for the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, NC. Presently, Galucci works full time designing and creating sculptures in his Greensboro studio assisted by a staff of four people. His commissions can be found in public, corporate, and residential spaces throughout the country and the world. For six years, his work was selected to participate in the Pier Walk Sculpture Show in Chicago, IL, the world's largest outdoor sculpture show with an estimated 8.2 million visitors. Galucci has been chosen for such international shows as the World Expo 88 in Brisbane, Australia and the 7th Henry Moore Grand Prize Exhibition at the Utsukushi-ga-hara Open-Air Museum, Hakone, Japan.

Visit jimgalluccisculptor.com to learn more about Jim Gallucci.

Feminine Entwinement

Feminine Entwinement

Artist: Val Lyle, Bristol, TN
Media: Tug boat houser rope, 8' x 2' x 2'
Location: The Downtown Center

This sculpture is made from part of a tugboat rope I collected while living in Manhattan, NY. The rope as a metaphor entered my work about 1987, when I was pondering the influence of Appalachia on my artistic aesthetic. It continues to convey much of what I think about: what is my 'life-line,' what effect my 'heritage binding' with this region has on me, what 'ties me down' for better or worse, what keeps me together, and is it possible to always tell the difference? I look for ways to make sculpture more approachable, using common materials in an uncommon way, and using a figurative reference help to accomplish that in this piece. I muse at the awesome strength of a tiny tugboat that keeps the great ships from running aground, as a reference to the tall, strong, confident, feminine figure that has just tossed a scarf across her shoulders facing the wind.

Born in nearby Johnson City, TN, Val Lyle grew up in Knoxville longing to find out what was going on "out in the real world." She spent much of her adult life in the cities of Honolulu, Phoenix, and Sarasota, FL where she earned her BFA in sculpture at the Ringling School of Art and Design, and more recently New York City, where she credits much of her artistic development. When given the opportunity to move back to East Tennessee, Lyle took it. "I'm one of the lucky ones. I've been able to go see some of the world, develop a deep appreciation for our unique area, and return to enjoy living in it." Lyle earned her MFA while maintaining the family home place in Bristol. She has exhibited extensively and continues to teach art courses and workshops. You can find out more at www.ValLyle.com.

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