10 new sculptures will be unveiled as part of Beginning Of Bolted Art
Just in time for spring, Tuscawilla Park is celebrating a new crop of sculptures this week.
In recent weeks, you likely have seen the word “BOBA” appearing around town. The term stands for Beginning Of Bolted Art, and it marks the unveiling of 10 winning sculptures — narrowed from 117 — in the fourth Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition.
What does that mean for the public? Colorful and diverse works of art, many bigger than humans, will be part of the landscape for 20 months throughout Tuscawilla Park and the neighboring Tuscawilla Art Park in northeast Ocala.
If you would like a little fanfare with your public art, the BOBA reception runs tonight at the Tuscawilla Art Park, 223 NE Fifth St. It is a ticketed affair featuring food, music, beverages and docent tours of the sculptures. The city also will celebrate the sculptures on March 17 during the Sculpture Stroll, a free family festival that will allow the public to vote on their favorites.
In the meantime, we hereby introduce the Outdoor Sculpture Competition class of 2018-2019:
Keith Bryant, Charlotte, North Carolina — “Leaf Boats,” 2017, steel
Bryant has taught for UNC Charlotte since 2000. His instructional focus is ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He started teaching at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte in 1990 after teaching at University of South Carolina, Columbia. He holds a master’s degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a bachelor’s from Colorado State University and a residency at University of the Arts. His work has been exhibited nationally and is held in corporate collections throughout the Southeast and mountain states.
From the artist statement: “My work is an attempt to make visual my reality; thoughts and feelings based on my experiences, making the abstract concrete and multi-interpretive.”
James Futral, Fort Myers — “Metal Elephant,” 2016, scrap metal
Futral is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University. He also studied at the Penland School of Crafts. He has been a featured artist at The Museum of Florida Art and Culture and received the Thomas Riley Studio Award at FGCU’s 18th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition.
From the artist statement: “When given the opportunity to choose between new material and old mangled scrap, I almost always prefer the scrap; I think it has personality and it makes me feel like I’m recycling.”
John Gamache, Ocala — “Robustae,” 2017, steel and aluminum
Gamache has been creating mixed-media art since childhood. In the early 2000s, he started creating sculptures by commission. At the College of Central Florida, he took all available sculpture courses, eventually creating independent study courses that overlapped into welding. As an engineering student at the University of Florida, he negotiated some non-major electives through the Fine Arts Department. Also at UF, he taught welding skills to fine arts students. Some artwork he helped construct has been displayed at UF’s Harn Museum of Art.
From the artist statement: “This particular piece was designed and built for Tuscawilla Park’s south end. Its larger-than-life scale and shape have been selected to excite and engage park users of all ages. Oftentimes, nature sprouts out something that is unplanned yet beautiful, causing people to stop and take notice. Dicotyledon plant characteristics were chosen as a reference … The name was derived in part by the seemingly vigorous growth and health and the fact it is busting out of the earth.”
Mike Hansel, Middletown, Rhode Island — “Navigator, 2008, aluminum
Hansel is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. He received his master’s in sculpture in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania. Hansel has shown work at invitational and juried exhibitions across the country. He is a teacher and chairman of the Art Department, as well as the J. Vaughan Merrick II chairman in Architecture, Art History and Painting at St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island.
From the artist statement: “Through my sculpture, I attempt to distort traditional assumptions relating to purpose while also suggesting a conceptual relationship between life and industry.”
Claudia Lauster, Naples — “Job,” 2015, Indiana limestone
Lauster studied fine art and art history in Hohenlohe, Germany. She received her master’s in sculpting and fine arts in Freibrug, Germany, at the Academy for Art and Sculpting; she also earned a certificate for art, creative processes and art therapy at the Academy for Creative Processes. She has studied in Florence and Azzano, Italy, as well as Peccia, Switzerland.
From the artist statement: “It is my mission to answer the lifelong quest about how to close the gap between art and life … My work invites (viewers) to contemplate, to realize solidarity and connectivity.”
Darryl Lauster, Arlington, Texas — “Untitled (Monument to John Glenn),” 2017, weathering steel, mirror ball
A recipient of the 2010 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, Lauster is an inter-media artist, writer and associate professor of sculpture at the University of Texas at Arlington. In the United States, he has exhibited at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, National Metal Museum, Cameron Museum of Art, Urban Center for Contemporary Art, John Michael Kohler Foundation and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Internationally, he has exhibited in Berlin, Paris and London. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, McNeese State University and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
From the artist statement: “‘Untitled (Monument to John Glenn)’ is a minimal scale replica of the Friendship 7 spacecraft flown by John Glenn during the first American orbit of the Earth in 1962. Glenn, who died in 2016, was nicknamed ‘Magnet Ass’ in the Air Force, given his propensity to draw tail fire from enemy planes. This nickname served as the inspiration for the roughly collaged sheets of Cor-Ten steel that form the outer shell.”
Kevin Lehman, Lancaster, Pennsylvania — “Monolith Series: Shine,” 2010, steel, concrete
Lehman earned his master’s degree from the University of the Arts and his undergraduate degree from Millersville University. He established a multi-media community art center in Lancaster, taught college and lectured at workshops. He has exhibited at East Stroudsburg University, Elizabethtown College and Millersville University. He is the founder and director of the Lancaster Creative Factory, which cultivates creativity through education of the visual arts and crafts.
From the artist statement: “Creativity is my passion. It is spontaneous and limitless. For this reason, the work I create varies from functional to architectural to sculptural.”
Gus and Lina Ocamposilva, Clearwater —”Arabesque,” 2013, aluminum
Married couple Gus and Lina Ocamposilva make and install aluminum sculptures around the world. Gus uses the welding torch, and Lina cuts the metal sheets. Some days, vice versa. Gus received most of his formal art training in Spain, where he studied murals at Escola Massana in Barcelona and painting procedures at Barcelona University.
From the artist statement: “Their sculptures are made of strong aluminum, but appear soft and fluid. The bended forms incorporate tubes and exposed bolts … Their artwork speaks of colors, magic and poetry.”
Corrina Sephora, Atlanta — “Transcendance,” 2013, steel
Sephora received her master’s in sculpture from Georgia State University. She has taught on the college level and presented at national and international blacksmithing workshops and conferences. Her metalworking awards include Best in Show from Annette Cone-Skelton of MOCA Silver Award from Icarus International and Silver Sculpture Award from NOMMA. Her metalwork is on permanent display in Atlanta at the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, King and Spaulding’s Contemporary Art Collection, Temple Sinai and private collections.
From the artist statement: “For over a decade she has created works using the boat form as a point of departure; her work examines the surface of the water using images such as waves, oars, boats, birds and branches, reality and the imagined worlds.”
Richard Whitehill, Earlysville, Virginia — “Waves,” 2013, stainless steel
Whitehill became an artist after taking a basic welding course about 25 years ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. The final exam was completing a project of the student’s own design; he created a stick figure dancing. “Since then,” he noted, “I’ve created a variety of representational pieces.”
From the artist statement: “I try to communicate a sense of motion. About 15 years ago, I saw a George Rickey sculpture. I found its motion beautiful. Inspired by his work, I’ve completed a variety of abstract and semi-abstract kinetic pieces.”