David Luck Sculpture and Metalwork: A Portfolio
Copper and Brass Wall Sculptures; Copper Vessels; Cast Bronze Sculpture; Cast Iron Sculpture; Sheet Metal Sculpture
Copper, Brass and Patina
27.5 inches by 59 inches
In "Hunters Moon" I chose to use only three different pattern variations as elements in a composition that builds unity out of fragmantation. I still use the grid structure, but instead of making each square different, I combine similar elements together to make the background with the moon form within it. I reinforce the round moon image by allowing it to extend outside the usual rectangular boundary of the grid shape. This makes the outline of my sculpture more interesting, yet still keeps it within the structural requirements that allow it to hang properly. Finally, I applied patina to each piece separately then assembled them so that the subtle changes in color adds another layer to the composition of "Hunters Moon".
The past, present and future are connected in the rich tapestries of my metal wall sculptures. A checkerboard grid of linked copper and brass plates is the basis of my visual and structural system. Like a large tablet of hieroglyphics, my sculpture explores the tension between the tactile and the visual. Each sculpture is a striking focal point that captures everyone’s attention and imagination.
From the past, I employ hammer-forming techniques that were already well established in ancient times. I emboss each individual sheet metal plate with an emblematic relief that communicates with fabricated shapes, forms, textures and patterns. I weave these into a composition of visual rhythms that ripple across the sculpture’s surface. Each wall sculpture becomes a strong presence that compliments and enhances its architectural setting.
From a distance, it's the overall composition and shape of the sculpture that draws the viewer’s attention. The fragmented surface responds like a kaleidoscope as the light and viewing angle changes. This is just the first level of the experience. As one moves closer, the embossed detail of each section becomes clearer so that the viewer interacts with each individual element, conjuring interpretations, associations and memories unique to everyone. Every encounter becomes a new and different experience as new facets are revealed.
I let contemporary images and events influence me as I chronicle and commemorate today’s visual environment to make each new sculpture unique. Stylized to blend with the quality of the sculpture, these new artifacts anchor my sculptures to the present.
Each sculpture has a timeless quality. As time goes by, the harmony of the embossed elements will continue to jog the memories and to engage the emotions of new viewers. Though rooted in the primitive pictorial language of the past, my sculptures will communicate with you in the future.