Sunday, January 23, 2011

Scrumptious sticks

We see sticks all the time, but do we ever think about how they came to be? Prosaic sticks-- branches, formerly parts of living trees. Do we ever realize that seen through the eyes of others, they are objects of beauty and can be reused to create art?

Installation artist Patrick Dougherty views sticks as magnificent pieces of landscape. He goes beyond the concept of the simple switch, and bends twigs, saplings and branches into art based on nature. As birds create nests, he uses similar techniques, plus lines and volume and texture to form his own vision. His new volume, Stickwork, is a compilation of years of his most magnificent twisted creations.

Here's a profile of the sculptor, discussing how he creates his unusual works.

If you're interested in learning more about Dougherty's work, and where you can visit his installations, check out the book's

Stickwork, the art book, is newly available at The Urbana Free Library. Place your own hold, or contact any of the Adult Services Librarians, or 217-367-4405.

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