overriding theme of sculpture for Carl is that it must be
non-confrontational and also inviting.
Non-confrontational in that it does not have sharp, cutting
edges or commentary that the viewer will tire of easily.
Inviting, so that the viewer can return again and again to
experience more and different viewpoints of the sculpture
than on the previous viewing(s).
Sculpture should be a positive
uplifting force. It should also have positive long
lasting appeal. These sculptures pass that test.
Movement is an unusual activity to catch in stone. Stone
Sculpture is noted for being solid, rooted to the ground,
and unchanging. Exploring unanticipated action is the
common feature of the
A sculpture caught in
the act of falling, another sculpture caught just before it
is ready to leap off its' base, another seemingly moving
effortlessly across its' base. All of these are displaying
that elusive stone quality - movement. Sculptures in this
About the Striving Series
is composed of sculptures
that either are inspiring (by trying to motivate you onward)
or strong (conveying an attitude of not backing down). These
sculptures are characterized by their appearance of an
unyielding/unmoving stance or assertive direction-orientated
stance. These sculptures use the reality of the hardness of
stone to reinforce their message. Sculptures in this group include:
About the Music Series
Music is an ephemeral medium. It exists as a two-dimensional
entity on a sheet of paper called a score. It exists
as a momentary auditory experience in a performance. The
is my way of making a
two-dimensional/momentary experience a tangible
three-dimensional solid. These gentle sculptures sway
(metaphorically because of their design) to a music they
either hear or are producing. Sculptures in this group include:
About the Tranquil Series
The other three series above are about the ability of
stone to move or be in motion. The
just the opposite - it is the ability to be still or quiet.
These sculptures are quiet but joyous works that do not have
to shout to gain attention. They exist. They
just are. Sculptures in this group include:
Exuberant Series, as the name implies, is
about happiness. These sculptures, when they were
being carved and ever after, always lighten my heart.
They are always cheerful or playful. Sculptures in
this group include: