2013-14 Sculpture Competition

Bearing the Weight of Labor

Bearing the Weight of Labor

Artist: Kevin Vanek, Greenville, NC
Media: Reclaimed Pallets and Cable Spools, Steel, Aluminum
Location: Anderson Park

Reconstructed forklift made out of the pallets it would have moved.

Kevin Vanek was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. He attended undergrad at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and received his BFA in 3-D art. He currently is attending East Carolina University to receive his MFA in Sculpture

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Bramble Tunnel

Bramble Tunnel

Artist: Cathy Perry, Greenville, NC
Media: Steel
Location: Cumberland Square Park

Fashioning steel into forms that reflect the complete unrestricted joy of running wild on the farm is reflected in “Bramble Tunnel”. Throughout the sculpture steel rod is twisted and bent to form around a split rail fence. Metal leaves and vines twist through the piece, winding and forming the hollow that housed a child’s fantastical imagination. One of the most vivid memories of my childhood is playing under the overhanging bramble branches around our home. Trying to catch the enormous bull frogs that loved the shady tunnel as much as we did was a lesson in pure frustration.

This environment seemed especially made by nature to envelope me into a world of my own imagination. The tunnel of green propelled me and my sisters into imaginary kingdoms where we ruled our entire domain.

Cathy Perry Originally from Kentucky, Cathy Perry moved to Greenville, NC for grad school at East Carolina University. As a sculptor and weaver, Cathy has embraced a wide range of artistic endeavors. Bronze casting has been her main focus while exploring the possibilities of large outdoor sculptures. Her work has been centered on childhood memories growing up on a farm. Simple pleasures that reflect simpler times can be seen in her work.

He Always Carried It With Him

He Always Carried It With Him

Artist: Charlie Brouwer, Willis, VA
Media: Locust wood, deck screws, preservative stain
Location: Anderson Park

The leaf helped him remember his dependence on the natural world.

Charlie Brouwer Charlie Brouwer is a Professor of Art Radford University teaching sculpture, drawing and art education since 1987. He has an MFA in Sculpture & MA in Painting from Western Michigan University, and a BA English from Grand Valley University in Michigan. He taught High School Art in Wollongong, Australia & Kalamazoo, MI — 1974-87. He grew up in Holland, Michigan.

Charlie and his wife Glenda live in Floyd County in the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural SW Virginia. They have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. They enjoy living in their 100+ year old renovated farmhouse surrounded by gardens. Charlie has created a sculpture park on the nine acres of open fields and woods surround the house and studio. Visitors are always welcome.

Visit charliebrouwer.com to learn more about Charlie Brouwer.

Learn to Fly

Learn to Fly

Artist: Brian Glaze, Hendersonville, NC
Media: Steel and stainless steel
Location: WCYB Plaza

Deals with capturing moments in time, points that may seem to be overlooked or simply not capable of being witnessed by the naked eye. Personally, I find the work commenting on the photographic studies of Eadweard Muybridge’s “Locomotion” series, this work carrying the viewer through a number of movements in time that where being captured and recorded.

Starting with the base, this is meant to portray a release of energy, continuing through a number of alterations, which convey different angles, directions, and size. The final destination is the two elements, which are unattached to the main composition, inviting the viewer inside the space created from these structures.

Originally from northeastern Ohio, Brian has been surrounded by the steel industry with family ties dating back five generations to England. His work has grown out of traditional steel sculpture to other various mediums and approaches. Currently, Brian and his family reside in the western region of North Carolina where he runs a fine arts program for Blue Ridge Community College (Flat Rock).

Orange Blast

Orange Blast

Artist: Matthew R. Sharp, Red Springs, NC
Media: Steel and plastic
Location: Anderson Park

I made this off an idea i had in my head. At first it had a different design but then i turned it on its side and added a plastic dome making it how it is today. This way it has more movement and more points to climb on. This is one of my first peaces that i leave it up to the viewer to look at it and to interpret it as what they want. I mad it strong and bright orange so kids would want climb all over it and have fun.

Matthew R. Sharp Matthew Sharp is 23, was born in japan and spent much of his youth traveling with his parents before settling in North Carolina. Matthew studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he studied sculpture under Adam Walls and now creates colorful sculptural art that often reflects his interest in fantasy, cartoons, and pop culture. He makes outside sculptors with hopes that it will make the viewers want to touch and climb on. He hopes that his art work will bring happiness and joy to future generations and to inspires people to do as they want.

She's a Fine Tall Woman

She's a Fine Tall Woman

Artist: Rudy Rudisill, Gastonia, NC
Media: Galvanized steel and copper
Location: Bristol Public Library

She's a Fine Tall Woman uses abstracted architectural elements to explore the juxtaposition of interior and exterior space; mass and negative space. In a structure that is cantilevered and
slightly askew.

It was constructed of galvanized steel and copper, using traditional sheet metal fabrication techniques. No welding was used in the process. All of the parts are held together with blind rivets.

This piece is from my Oval-House Series, a small group of sculptural objects that all have an oval cylinder and some sort of house structure in common.

Born in Gastonia, North Carolina, Rudisill conjures a building lost and abandoned, excavating it from memory. The illusion of change arises via galvanized steel and copper brushed with acid, yielding a corrosive effect. The work is simultaneously contemporary and traditional, industrial and pastoral as Rudisill explores the relationship of physical elements to their symbolic implications. By bringing together various textures and architectonic forms, personal, cultural and historical elements bring together in and homage to the changing landscape. Each anthromorphic piece carries with it a narrative and a particular relationship- sometimes familial, other times structural. A working artist for over twenty-five years, Mr. Rudisill’s fabricated sheet metal sculpture has won international awards and can be found in public, corporate and private collections in North America, Europe and Asia.