Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Spotlight: Ralph Helmick & Stuart Schechter

Get ready to throw your old favorite artist out of the window, because Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter (who was trained as a rocket scientist) really blow installation art out of the water! They had a beautiful piece installed at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and it was absolutely a full-fledged feast for my senses when I saw it:

They create suspended sculptures out of weighted wires and odd materials. In the case of the NCMA installation, they used fake flowers and plastic butterflies to create the 3-dimensional illusion of a jet fighter (the butterflies) and exhaust (the flowers). The result was a captivating, humongous sculpture that took me a minute to understand what it was. Thank god for the plaque that the museum provided!

Really, the images I found online don't do their artwork justice. If you have the chance, go see it in person. That being said, here are some more images of their work:

You can learn more about their sculptures at Helmick's website.

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