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NEWS
Wood Forms Christmas Ornaments are available now! (scroll down to view)
They are all carved from a single block of yellow cedar (no joints). I chose to represent 3 holiday themes through abstract form and colour. "Lasting Evergreen": inspired by the symbol of the evergreen tree in various cultural traditions which represents continuity, perserverance, life and the promise of spring. "Festive Embrace": inspired by holiday bonding and love with family, friends and community. "Icey Winter": As I held the icey chill and pristine beauty of a snowy winter deeply in mind, I explored forms on paper eventually arriving at this lattice, the clear reflection of the whole idea. Furthermore, All of the ornaments are carved in yellow cedar, which symbolized purity and cleansing in the ancient yule tradition.

Exhibiting 6 pieces in western red cedar, yellow cedar and port orford cedar at Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby, BC from December 7th-23rd, 2021. They will be in the entrance display case and freely open to the public.








“I see my work as visual poetry—the messages of which are subtle and primal. My work is inspired by the discoveries I stumble upon through my inquiry into Nature. When sketching forms I seek to find those which reflect general truths. When others perceive these elements in my work, I think we share in the joy and love of existence.”



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Opportunity No.1

Opportunity No.1


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Artistic Approach

My work: The arrival at the present artistic approach was less constructed than discovered. Removing irrelevant ideas from my mind, thus uncovering more mental space, allows general concepts with much greater potency to appear. It is the via negativa, the discovering of truth through negating the false. I find this process to be so important not only for the purpose of working more efficiently but also for the quality of life as a whole. As I continue to investigate this field through the study of Greek and Indian metaphysics I share my findings through writing and poetry on my blog and facebook.

For this brief essay I have chosen to include the aspect of integrity. I feel this topic to be of utmost importance in the face of globalization. What I call "irresponsible advertising" is that which interferes with the peaceful order in our lives; or, that which exploits the unwary. This type of advertising is so common and it is for this very reason that it needs to be addressed. In general, treating others with respect and not exploiting them or bothering them is a commonly accepted notion, but why should it be different in advertising? I am of the reasoning that if we are going to move in a healthy direction as a human race with regards to our species and the balance of the planet as a whole, this issue of integrity must first be recognized.

Influences: Here are a few specific influences which will give those who are interested a sense of the ground from which many of my themes are built.

J. Krishnamurti: He repeatedly insisted that he was not to be followed, that his words were not to be taken as dogma, that what he was urging us to look at needed to be questioned by each one of us individually so as to discover the truth (beyond concept) for ourselves. He entreated us to question "time", "thought", and our own "authority", in order to be totally psychologically free.

Yoga: The asanas (postures) effect the overall health of the body greatly. This in turn effects the health of the mind. In other words, they prepare the ground for the arrival of deep insight—but how we conduct our lives remains the real test. The tradition of yoga emcompasses much more than the asanas. As Patanjali's Yoga Sutras demonstrate, the discipline of yoga involves subtle metaphysical investigation in order to realize the deepest connection we have with the universe (since we are not separate from it).

Plato: Plato's "Forms" are the essences of specific objects. They are invisible and intelligible. When I chose the name "Wood Forms" for my sculptures I knew it was a general name and that it suited the abstract nature of the pieces but I had yet to be acquainted in depth with Plato's work. After learning of his Forms, there was an instant spark of recognition regarding its relevance. As I continue to research, the parallel between Plato's Ideas (pun) and my ideas ever strengthens and gives rise to new insights regarding the art making process in general.

The Wood Forms: I make "visual poetry" through the use of highly abstract form, the parts of the sculpture being analogous to the words of the poem; yet as we know, parts are inextricably related to the whole and a difficulty arrises when attempting to differentiate them from it. This exemplifies a common theme coursing through my work—namely that of non-duality. This concept is found in a plethora of philosophical traditions, perhaps most popularly in Taoism. Regarding non-duality, I find the following point to be most essential: it is not the concept we are after, but rather the actuality to which the concept points. The concept of non-duality as represented by the yin yang symbol is easily grasped, yet the truth of it is a much more subtle and involved issue. To contact such a truth requires deep psychological and ontological investigation.

Geometry and consequently form are fundamental aspects of the cosmos. The beauty of the sensible world reminds us of this fact. Human beings make art—whether it is a chair, a broom, or a sandwich. Art is an aspect of our species. Through abstract sculpture I am able to enquire into the core aspects of Nature and give birth to individual expressions of platonic Forms upon which I stumble.

Written in October 2021


On Location

Private Collection
Photos by Karen Irvine
At Infinity House in Boca Raton 2019 Architecture and Interior Design by The Up Studio - www.theupstudio.com
Photos by The Up Studio

At CCBC Shop and Gallery - Granville Island, Vancouver in Aug. 2019
Top left photo by Chiharu Sato

At YVR Airport - Vancouver, BC in July 2019
Photo by Cynthia McCreery


At Dalbergia: Wood & Fine Objects - Vancouver during August 2017
Photos by Chiharu Sato

At Lillian Gallery - Vancouver in May 2018
Photos by Azi Yousefi
At Dalbergia in August 2018


Sculpture Process





Biography


I was born in Toronto, Canada in 1982. I practiced drawing a lot as a child out of enjoyment. I was also taught woodworking from my father at a young age. In high school I started using clay for sculptures. I graduated from the York University/Sheridan College Honours Bachelor Program in Design in 2005. There, I implemented my drawings into my designs quite often. I was especially interested in the book design course because we learned how to bind books by hand and it gave me an opportunity to write, illustrate, design and bind a volume. This allowed for a totally integrated design where the paper's texture relates to the theme of the book, the dust jacket design relates to the stitching style, etc. I went on to live in Tokyo for 5 years deepening my investigation into Japanese culture and philosophy, and practicing Shorinji Kempo - a martial art. The gardens, block prints, festivals, tea ceremony and architecture were deeply inspiring. I worked illustrating teaching material, designing new year's cards, and illustrating t-shirts. When I returned to Canada I worked at Lynrich Arts in Toronto where I provided graphic design, illustration, and art teaching. I have been doing freelance graphic design and illustration since 2005. I started using wood as my main mode of expression since realizing in 2011 that it was my choice medium. The ideas and concepts for the sculptures were developed shortly thereafter. I currently live in Metro Vancouver, Canada.