Under the Skin?
WPCA explores the meaning of âFleshâ
The work is assemblage sculpture, which essentially means materials assembled to produce, in this case, primarily figurative works, though Dan McGuireâs terrific pieces twist pre-conceived notions about figurative art. Laden with rusted and rotting found objects suggesting the passage of time, his wall-hung abstractions are massive, grim and beautifully crafted. Of the other four sculptors, Demitra Copoulosâ work is closest to pure figuration, but her satirical busts (is that Frank Ford?), and her gold-leaf body parts on pedestals poke fun at our quest for immortality. In effect, she gets under our skin.
In his latest series, John Balsley explores the world of anthropomorphic robots intricately fleshed with aluminum skin. Friend or foe? Here to destroy or dust?
Kendall Polster, a blood research biologist who also welds, torches and grinds metal, and then assembles the parts into playful toy-like figuresâalbeit giant onesâholds forth in the bay window facing South Fifth Street. The rainy day I visited, a group of kids from a nearby school stood transfixed by what they saw on the other side of the expanse of glass.
Some adviceâŚshed your skin before you stroll in. Leave all
notions of âwho you areâ behind. Be advised that yes, flesh rots, but the best
ideas live on, and at least some of those ideas live on at Walkerâs Point
Center for the Arts.