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In the Brickhead series, the human head is the reoccuring theme. Tyler’s brick constructions bring to mind familiar imagery we associate with past cultures and ancient civilizations. While the form is timeless, the sound component is what plants these works in the 21st century. Using familiar sounds, Tyler engages the viewer and draws his audience in. In "Brickhead 3", the sound track depicts a "calculating mind" with references to thought patterns that are on one hand permanent, and another fleeting.
This artwork was originally a temporary piece, placed as part of a sculpture exhibition that was seen on the length of Mass Ave. At the end of the exhibition, the artist gave it to Dean Johnson Design, the business located immediately behind it. Since then, Dean Johnson has been renamed Axiomport and moved away from the Mass Ave Cultural District; the artwork, however, has remained. It is still considered a temporary installation.
The forms of Honor Guard aptly recall a soldier standing at attention.
The artist, Steve Wooldridge, was born in Sheridan, Indiana, where he continues to live. He attended the Dayton Art Institute, where he studied three-dimensional design and sculpture. He graduated from the Herron School of Art in 1963 with a degree in sculpture. Wooldridge is known for his site specific sculpture for indoors and outdoors as well as artisan furniture, and his extensive skill in blacksmithing.
Artist Eric Nordgulen created these three figural forms in 1996. Serving as visual links between downtown’s buildings and pedestrians, the figures contain both clear glass that makes them transparent, and lenses that reflect images of the surrounding architecture and passing foot traffic. The lenses (“fresnel” type) are the same that are used for theatre lighting and also for page magnification: if you get close to the sculpture, you will see an inverted image of yourself in several of the lenses. In this way, the viewer becomes part of the sculpture.
As with most of Nordgulen’s work, the questions raised by the sculpture have to do with self-awareness and how we understand the world. Do we see it as it is, or how we interpret it to be? Are we part of the urban landscape, or is the urban landscape part of us?
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