SLO County artists collaborate to produce sculptures

Special to The TribuneNovember 13, 2012 

Five pairs of artists from the Central Coast Sculptors’ Group collaborated for what one of them calls a “test run” exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

The 10 agreed to explore the idea of starting a sculpture and turning it over to another artist to finish. They call the show “3D x 2: A Collaboration Among Sculptors.”

“Galactic Caviar” hangs outside the entry of McMeen Gallery with an artists’ note explaining that Lucie Ryan and Robert Oblon made sketches beforehand and created a plan for the “acrylic on canvas, on panel, epoxy.” That communication resulted in a cohesive collaboration.

The works inside have more of a “you got chocolate on my peanut butter” effect. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Artist statements include talk of “working my way out of a wet paper bag,” intimidation, difficulty, and finally letting go and getting it finished.

The sculptors began the steps of planning, thinking and working in May. In at least one instance, the artist didn’t necessarily want to modify the first phase. Randy Stromsoe said he liked the piece of wood he received from Jim Trask and was afraid any addition would be unrelated or unnecessary. Nevertheless he added a base and a face for “Awoken From My Slumber.”

A couple of other pairs started with a face. Michael Hannon gave a face to Bart Kerwin who added wings. Ron Roundy received a face from Michael Reddell resulting in a found objects feel. For their second collaboration, Reddell got a “big chunk of rough sawn timber” from Roundy.

The remaining pair, Larry LeBrane and Jack Biesek, have two pieces in the show that are a nice fusion of their two styles: LeBrane’s playful fused glass and Biesek’s earthy materials.

Hannon, who paired the teams, said he hopes to repeat the concept with a wider group.

I’d say the test run is a success.

If the term “digital imaging techniques” doesn’t scare you off, be sure to check out “Photomorphosis II” through Nov. 18 at SLOMA. My favorite in the statewide juried photography exhibit is Joyce Wycoff’s “In the Garden of East and West” probably because it has more of a poster feel than an enhanced photo feel.

Terry DeLapp’s series of rural landscapes is a must-see. When circling the First Gallery looking at the Cambrian’s series of Central California farm paintings you can almost hear a car radio playing Patsy Cline and see your reflection looking out the passenger side window. “Mundus Cerialis” will be up through Dec. 3.

If you go

What: 3D x 2: A Collaboration Among Sculptors

Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays

Show runs through Dec. 2

Where: San Luis Obispo County Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo

Contact: 543-8562

Contact freelance writer Monica Fiscalini at Monica_Jane2000@yahoo.com.

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