My exemplary educational experience at Menlo Park Silicon Valley Sculpture Art Fair September 2022.
This blog post is about my educational experience attending the Silicon Valley Sculpture Show on September 24-25th, 2022. The Silicon Valley Sculpture (SVS) fine art fair is the main fundraiser for Menlo Park Public Art (MPPA), a nonprofit organization with the goal of defining Silicon Valley through public art. This year’s theme was “Water.”
I made the best of this event by following David Middlebrook around as he described each sculpture, the materials used, the meaning, and the artist’s background. It was truly educational for me.
To my surprise and delight, we are both from Jackson, Michigan, and he taught Fine Art at San Jose State University, my alumnus. When he was talking with his brother I walked around and took pictures of sculptures in this 2022 sculpture art fair.
This bold statement about environmental and water concerns is set in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Hanging from a tree with an ominous presence, it consists of two large mutilated fishes stuffed with “radioactive” blue tube lighting and hanging fabric strips representing injured skin. Viewers can’t help but feel the damage to our seas by man-made mishaps.
I sat down on a bench under a tree in the shade and admired this piece of art sculpture which is intended to nuclear disaster and the affects to all species of animals who live in the water.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a picture of this sculpture because I saw it leaned up against an oak tree and a couple was standing in front of it. Of course, I wanted them to enjoy it and hopefully bid on this symbolic sculpture.
What kind of art does Starks make?
“Making thoughts visible is my goal. The focus is to produce a high-quality metal sculpture. Beginning with sheet metal, I shape and wield pieces together creating a three-dimensional form. To make a sculpture that looks like it was carved from a solid chuck is part of that process.
The sculptures I make represent phases of my life such as my thoughts, dreams, experiences, or just interesting shapes I have thought up and developed through time.”
Ode to Africa
These many-faceted sculptures are powerful images of female torsos. They are constructed and deconstructed with multiple body parts (breasts) that reflect the body in movement.
The bronze sculptures can be placed equally well inside and outdoors. They are particularly effective within a garden. The bronze is cast using the lost wax method. The individual parts are then assembled and welded in place.
The sculptures can easily withstand the most extreme weather conditions. They are left unwaxed so that the patina or coloring will undergo subtle changes that in time will add to their beauty.
Sensuous, voluptuous, and muscular are a few words that describe these works of art, both large and small. A nail or bolt in a wall stud easily supports the sculptures designed for a wall.
Whatever the size or scale, they are a commanding presence in any setting.
Concludes yet another thought-provoking exhibition of 2022 Silicon Valley Sculpture Art Fair by adding beauty, dialogue, and the arts to our local community. In 2023 The theme will be Peace AND Love. I’m looking forward to attending that Art Fair! Please find information about the Silicon Sculpture art fairs at the following link. Silicon Valley Sculpture.
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