Title: The Last Barrel of Water, 2008, 18 x 8 x 4 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze. Private Collection
Above, Drawing for Mr. Mystical, Artist sketchbook #
Right: Title: Mr. Mystical, 2007, 11 x 5 x 4 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze with marble base.
on scrap cardboard. Drawing is glued to the inside back cover of sketchbook #22-2007
Left Title: Pythagoras Cubed, 2008, 14 x 7 x 5 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze with marble base.
Title: A Brief History, 2008, 12 x 10 x 6 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze.
Drawing, I-Beam to Heaven, Artist sketchbook #23-2008
The Boris & Vladimir Sculptures
Artist note: For the Boris & Vladimir sculpture I was inspired by this and other Russian art forms, especially the Constructivist ideas.
Left, Me as Vladimir, 2001, self portrait (I was a method artist while making the work)
Above: left to right, Boris, Vladimir, and Boris & Vladimir
Drawings for Boris and Vladimir sculptures. Artist sketchbook #21 2006-07
Title: Boris on Parade, 2009, 21 x 17 x 3 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze with marble base.
Title: Boris Smokestack, 2008, 18 x 12 x 5 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze with steel cable and slate base.
Title: Boris, 2007, 13 x 13 x 5 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze.
Title: Vladimir, 11 x 5 x 4 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze
Drawing for Boris Artifact, Artist sketchbook #24-2008
Samuel Beckett Tables
A collaboration with furniture designer and woodworker Fred Virdeh
Wood: Fred Virdeh Metal: Terry Kreiter
Collection of the artist's : Terry Kreiter and Fred Virdeh
Near the start of the collaboration Fred mentioned that one of my initial drawings had reminded him of a London stage set for the Samuel Beckett play Waiting for Godot. In the spirit of Beckett's approach, I developed the sculpture into a kind of "Theater of the Absurd", and included references to both of our life's work. In addition, Fred could not resist the reference to Caspar David Friedrich's Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon, a painting which is said to be an inspiration for Waiting For Godot, and he paid homage with the exquisite marquetry found on the table's pull-out tray. Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) was a German Romantic landscape painter.
Above: Table For Beckett details including working drawings from artist sketchbook #22- 2007
Left: Detail with wood inlay by Fred Virdeh, a depiction of Caspar Friedrich's Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon. Bronze hardware with cocobolo leaf depiction by Terry Kreiter.
Right: The day of the bronze pour for the Table For Beckett.
From the left: Terry Kreiter, Richard Waldo, and Fred Virdeh - 2007
Terry Kreiter's studio/foundry, Santa Clara, CA
Title: Evil Sets Sail, 2007, 20 x 10 x 6 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze.
Right, Title: The Tree, 2007, 10 x 9 x 4 inches, unique cast and fabricated bronze with granite base.
In To The Air Junior Bird Man
left, Detail, In To The Air Junior Bird Man Artist note: On this sculpture are moving parts, including a "crank wheel" that makes the wings flap, as seen in the detail image.
Title: Radio Tower, 2006, 16 x 4 x 3 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze, with steel cable and glass beads. Private Collection
Title: Mr. Blue Ball, 2006. 9 x 4 x 4 Inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze with cast and fused glass.
Title: Global Warming, 2006, 13 x 8 x 4 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze, with glass cubes. Private Collection
Title: Wheel and Chair, 2006, 7 x 7 x 3 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze.
Title: The Antiquarian's House, 2006, 6 x 6 x 3 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze. Private Collector
Title: Slow Passage, 2006, 12 x 16 x 3 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze, glass, bamboo, copper, and emeralds. Private Collection
Artist note: Sculpture made for Alan Osborne, my friend who introduced me to bronze, and taught me all that I needed to know about casting my own work.
Title: Doomsday Machine with Mouse, 2006, 6 x 5 x 2 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze with wood base
Artist note: Stamped on bottom of base: Dooms Day Machine #1
Why is this photo included? See below
After just finishing some larger sculptures I asked myself, if I'm making sculpture as a way to explore and convey thoughts and ideas, couldn't I do this on a smaller scale, with the same results, and be able to make more sculpture in less time? With that in mind I decided to make some small sculptures, attempting to give them some seriousness in spite of their small scale. Drawings show up in artists sketchbooks #19, 20, and 21-2006
About the superb Walker Evans photograph (above): After returning from a San Francisco Museum of Modern Art photo exhibition, I went into my studio to finish the final sculpture of this series. Regarding Doomsday Machine Walker Evans, I wasn't aware of the photographs' influence until after the sculpture was cast and I was finishing it. Thus the title.
Bottom left, Title: Doomsday Machine with Glass Ball, 2006, 4 x 6 x 2 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze, with glass marble.
Bottom right, Title: Doomsday Machine with Bones, 2006, 6 x 5 x 3 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze.
Top Right, Title: Doomsday Machine With Stone, 2006, 8 x 4 x 4 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze.
Above, Title: Doomsday Machine With Tusk, 2006, 31/2 x 5 x 2 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze.
Work cast at the MONTEREY SCULPTURE CENTER, Marina, CA
Title: Casbah, 2008, 10 x 22 x 12 inches, Cast by Monterey Foundry, Unique cast and fabricated bronze.
Above: Monterey Foundry and Sculpture Center, now located in Seaside California photos, Diane Kreiter
With few exceptions I cast my work in my small studio foundry located behind our house, but on a few occasions I have made the wax patterns in my studio, and delivered the patterns to the Monterey Foundry for them to cast, and then I finish the sculptures back in my studio.
Sculptures for Zeus and Icarus
Provenance: 2 year traveling exhibition, Hawaii University, International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition
Artist Note: The seed for the Zeus and Icarus sculptures in this group was an exercise in imagination. Over a few weeks time, before I went to sleep I willed myself to imagine pulling up ancient artifacts from sunken treasure off the African Coast. I can't explain why I choose this location. On waking the next day I would record my imagined finds in my sketchbook #24-2008
Artist Note: The origin of this sculpture was derived from my fleeting interest in the word pentimento: a visible trace of earlier painting beneath a layer or layers of paint on a canvas. I thought about deconstructing the definition of the word, and using it as a process. I thought about how a music composition would sound if some of the earlier draft compositions were locked into the final work. In this sculpture I imagined crafting a sentence from sculptural elements and rearranging them as I built the sculpture so that some of the failed attempts leave traces and echoes locked within the final composition. This is the crafted sentence with the changes left into the sculpture.
Artist note: Aztec Imagery used on some of the surfaces were derived from wax patterns created by artist Michael Goard (used with his permission)
below, Work drawing, Artist sketchbook #25-2009
Infamous British Petroleum Oil Spill, 2010
below: Working drawing with conceptual notes, for Wellhead Blowout, Artist sketchbook #25-2009
Artist Note: This sculpture was made during the infamous British Petroleum disaster in the Gulf of Mexico near the Mississippi River Delta. Following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, a sea-floor oil gusher flowed for 87 days until capped in July 2010. The sculpture includes the Wellhead and a fish with surface markings derived from imagery taken from a replica of an Aztec calendar.