I actually found wire art by accident more than 10 years ago. I was working in my studio, or more accurately, waiting for the muse, when I found myself doodling with a piece of picture wire. I was fascinated with the way it lent itself to the kind of gestural painting of human form I was exploring. I quickly jumped to aluminum and steel screening to create more forms. My technique developed into hand working the forms into human landscapes that reflect the intricacies of muscle and attitude. From here they are manipulated in light and shadow. This creates the completed sculpture that exists in the physical world of the surface and delineation of form with the shadow that reflects the sculpture and interacts with the form creating a combined new sculpture.
Biography: Donald Kolberg graduated with a Fine Arts Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He taught at the Los Angeles School of Art and co-founded Art Core, an organization dedicated to the open dialogue and display of the work of emerging artists. Donald will continue the concept of Art Core through a newsletter to appear on this site. He continued his Master studies at Otis Art Institute prior to the upheaval and change of the school to Parson’s School of Design While at Otis Art Institute his teacher and main influence was internationally recognized painter Arnold Mesches. Through his guidance Donald learned the value of depth, texture and form in images and surface. He incorporated this into his concept of Life Forms, the portrayal of the human figure as a landscape of life and a celebration of form. After finishing school Donald began his travels back and forth across the United States exhibiting his paintings and sculpture works in a variety of mediums including acrylics, charcoal, pastel, stone and wire. His work as an independent television producer led him to create "Periscope Up", a 10 part television series for PBS in PA. Donald continues to explore styles and is currently working in sculpture using enameled steel mesh to expand on his concept of Life Forms. "In creating Wiremesh Sculpture I use steel screen. I usually work from a model and hand form, bend and manipulate the screen in relation to the tension created by the pose. The intricacies of the push and pull of the surface of the form caused by the the bodies muscles is what I'm after. And as with any sculpture the resulting relationship to light and shadow are taken into account. The finished piece is enameled. Currently I tend to stay with a black coating which allows the viewer to distinguish the tension of the model."
Country: United States
Site: Kolberg Studio
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