In Progress – Sculpture Update

Jerry Ward Fourm1

On the immediate horizon is my only outdoor art show this year, Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, in St. Joseph, MI.   I want to present for this show  very best of what I have to offer and therefore am working diligently to the purpose.  Faced with the challenge of producing at least five new works in the next six weeks has left me charged with enthusiasm and I find myself working late into the evening in fervor. and anticipation of what I might accomplish. The piece shown in the image here is titled “Fourm Factor” specifically to interplay with the words four, form and factor as the image itself does.  Form being the factor,  while four serves as the backdrop.  The shape embellishes on the four enhancing it’s value as an abstract form.  It all works together nicely as a package.  The reality of four dissolves, and the form becomes the only thing of value.  The subtleties of volume and shape come to the forefront in a residual way.

Making Fourm Factor

This piece is being carved from spaulted elm and the spault has created some magnificent nuanced changes in coloring to leave a complex underlying variance of tonal splendor.  In order to make this richness of tone show in the piece, I must first  painstakingly level all surfaces, removing bumps and shallows left over from the use of the more aggressive tools used in the development stages.  To do this I use a tool, shown here, known as a cabinet scraper.  Just a flat metal blade with a very sharp edge.  It works similar to a wood plane in removing wood in minute curly shavings. Using this in a crisscross manner, pulling it over the wood, produces the desired result.  A smooth level surface.  Wood never disappoints, it just keeps giving and giving.

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Wood Sculpture by Jerryward

ArtPrize at Amway Grand Plaza

Wood Sculpture by Jerryward

A Union in Stress

It gives me the greatest pleasure to announce that the ArtPrize Selection Committee for the Amway Grand Plaza has determined to include me among the artists who will be showing their work at that venue.  The Amway Grand Plaza is at the very center of downtown Grand Rapids, putting it at the center of ArtPrize itself. The Grand Plaza is a luxury hotel part of Marriott Hotels.  It has existed as a historic landmark of downtown Grand Rapids for over a hundred years.and dominates the skyline of the city.  Located on the corner of Pearl and Monroe streets, it occupies an entire block of the city.  With the Pearl Street bridge being a vital connection across the Grand River which divides the city east from west, it would be difficult to see any of ArtPrize without passing by this prominent hotel.as it stands right across the river from the equally imposing Gerald R. Ford museum.  I am excited to once again to be showing my sculpture at this great event.  ArtPrize begins Sept. 21 and runs until Oct. 9.  For more information follow this link: ArtCompetition

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