Creation of wealth

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Project by rdlaurance posted 05-13-2020 12:41 PM 930 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Seems I haven’t posted any projects for a couple of years at least… life has been good but has definitely been keeping me busy with so many different things.

This is a work I completed back about the end of 2016 called ’Creation of wealth’. All wood components (carriage and frame) are from some elm trees I cut down on the property years earlier. Seems to be a nice wood to work with, machine and hand carving, burns well in the cookstove as well. The figures and internal small head pieces are all modeled and fired from stoneware and earthenware clays.

The piece measures 77.0 cm x 37.0 cm x 71.5cm (l x w x h) and has been in a number of exhibitions here in Sweden.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#1 posted 05-13-2020 02:14 PM

Your two pieces are beautifully crafted. They present a very clear social commentary in a very creative way, thank you for sharing these.

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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#3 posted 05-13-2020 08:28 PM

I quite like this one. Concept and craft, equally. Very fine detailing, particularly the feminine figures and the “gold” droplet.

Curious, how far south Sweden are you? Jankoping south, Malmo south? I lived in Malmo for a spell, go to Visingso every summer for vacation, swedish mother in law has a house there.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#4 posted 05-13-2020 10:23 PM

I love this. Terrific original project and so very well done! Thank you for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 05-14-2020 12:26 AM

Beautiful. This is an amazing piece.

-- AJ

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#6 posted 05-14-2020 04:17 AM

Love the mixed media.
Great fusion of materials and the whimsical theme is very artistic!
Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 05-14-2020 11:52 AM

Thanks all, for the good words. It was a total joy in fabrication… kind of spur of the moment project for an exhibition… concept derived from reflections on ‘capitalism’ and signs of the times. All parts went together magically with no problems.

OnhillWW -Thanks for the kind words. I see you live in an area I once lived near. Did my Master’s Degree at Alfred Univ. ... decades ago. Beautiful area the Finger Lakes.

Brian- Originally from Oregon, I moved to this area of NW Skåne in 2000. I’m on the Bjäre (Bjärehalvön) peninsula about 60km north of Malmö. Visingsö looks like a nice island to spend summer days on. But I think even more exciting is spending summers on Mallorca. Cool location, I think…. lucky you…..

I’ve only been through Jönköping a few times though… have spent a good deal more on and off around Malmö, a leisurely hour’s train trip south.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#8 posted 05-14-2020 05:10 PM

Cool. Havent been to the Bjare, heard about there though. I checked out your project page,; big change between what you have recently posted, and the earlier stuff. All, very nice work. I am guessing you are a perfectionist to some degree or other, i can appreciate that, if so.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#9 posted 05-14-2020 08:23 PM

Yeah Brian, somewhat of a perfectionist admittedly. Always have been, just the way I fly.

The earlier works on my project page highlight just the 100% wood works I had done after moving to Sweden.
My earlier life in The States was involving many other sculptural media, including bronze and aluminum castings, blown glass and glass castings, bronze & steel welded pieces and even cast concrete sculptures. A lot of mixed media works of course. These later works have been centered more on utilizing many large dead elm trees I cut down after purchasing this property. Masses of free sculpture material. Wished I could get a couple of logs down to you, as I love the work you do, as well. You’ve a great website. Enjoyed viewing it.

My personal website, posted on my homepage – shows a lot of my earlier works in the various media, as well. I was more into abstract and non-objective forms in earlier days. Now I seem to be more reflective on the state of the world and society, but try to exemplify this with a bit of humor or whimsy, otherwise it would just bring me down too much. I also appreciate the fact that you focus on natural materials…. I try to maintain the sustainability aspect as well.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#10 posted 05-15-2020 06:43 PM

Thanks for the compliments, Rick. I have deleted alot from my website to make room for the box-thang that I am focused on now. I was previously working on “hmmm, what can I do with this lump of firewood” kind of stuff. Now I am intending to take this boxery as far as I can go with it. As a sculptor, I think you will like the lastest one I am doing, should be posted in about a week.

I checked out your website, and read your “about” page. Interesting, to say the least. I particularly like:
Search for Morality
Improbable Sustainability
Kopa Kopa

All fantastic social commentary!

Your attention to detail is impressive, and as a”detailist” myself, I really like your newer work. As I know something of minimalist Sweden, I am wondering whether your abstract pieces get more attention from the Swedes, or are the newer pieces more popular? My guess is, they like the “colder” minimalism.


-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#11 posted 05-15-2020 07:57 PM

I really look forward to you posting your new box in the near future. I love ‘em.

And I’m glad you viewed my website and expressed your particular likes. Those are great pieces, I think.
’Köpa Köpa’ was the first in this latest series and shortly after I had posted it on a Fine Arts website I received an e-mail from an Australian economics lecturer who asked to use a picture of it in a lecture he was to give the following week in Paris. Turns out, he understood and could identify all the subtleties I had worked into the piece and they fit exactly with his upcoming lecture… basically, ‘how consumerism was ravishing the earth and life on the planet.’ It felt good to have a professional economist laud my work on its merits of communication. I would accept that any day over a ‘Fine Arts’ critic.

Yeah, I also noticed the detail that you apply to your work. A hearty ‘skål’ or ‘cheers’ to that and your admirable work.

Though many Swedes have viewed pics of my earlier abstracrt/non-objective works (from my website), since moving to Sweden most of what I’ve done are the newer works dealing with social commentary, which is what the masses of the art crowd have seen here. These later works seem to be popular at exhibitions, possibly because of the whimsey, attention to detail and the subject matter.

Have never sold a piece here, however. But that doesn’t surprise me much. Have done a few private commissions in paintings, though. Never sold much in the USA either, but unlike so many these days, I’ve never done art to make money.* I do it because I have this insatiable and fervent desire to create and express my thoughts, through manipulation of materials. Wood is fabulous, because it has its own life and beauty without any need for paint or patinas. I’ve even treated some of my logs with weatherizing to attain different levels of spaltiing which is exciting as well.

I do agree with you though on the Swedish affinity to the ‘colder’ minimalism. That’s what I see much of the time here. However there is a certain amount of whimsy that has a tradition from folkcarving to present… maybe that’s where my stuff fits in. Whatever it is, my work is different and people seem to enjoy it. The (professional) critics, however, often have their own inane personal attitudes about art, snobbishly so… I’ve always thought, regardless of where they hail from..LOL I’ve a wood sculpture in progress that addresses that idea as well.

My hat is off to you, good sir. ‘Skål’

  • No ill feelings about lack of sales, as even V. van Gogh had sold only one small painting in his lifetime of prolific painting… and that was to his landlord, a painting of the man’s daughter.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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