RECENT STEEL SCULPTURES

My approach in welded steel sculptures uses found metal and new stock.  I gravitate to utilitarian objects and metal implements for their unique aesthetic significance and transformative properties.  The new steel becomes derelict planking for some works, and formalist contour for others.  In planning the steel works, I use a David Smith technique by chalk drawing the idea on the studio floor.  This way I gesture the movement and scale of the work, determining linear lightness or textural density.  The Cumberland Flow works are the most recent series
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These pieces are built from cast-aside toys, household items and game parts, which I obsessively collect.  I assemble objects in molds fashioned as ship hulls, using bonding agents that adhere the divergent materials.  Paradoxical forces are at work in these intimately scaled pieces.  The juxtaposed materials and design reveal clarity.  The sculptures unleash narrative expressions, satire and personal contexts from deceptively modest forms into intricate constructions.  I work in series (in form and content) producing fleets of ship sculptures; the most recent being the State of Mind works.

 
   
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FLORA AND FAUNA SCULPTURES

This loosely affiliated area of interest comprises a growing fleet of sculptures, though not a specific series development.  They include an amalgam of personal experiences from living throughout the United States, and sensitizing to the grand and intimate visual realities of my surroundings.  There is also opportunity for ironic found object humor

 
   
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Chris Nitsche | Savannah GA | 912-898-7584 | chrisnitsche@att.net