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FEATURED ARTISTS: KEVIN DARTT & DUNCAN CHASE

Artist: Kevin Dartt

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Sculpture: Under the Wave

  • What was your inspiration for your sculpture?
      1. The inspiration for my piece was Katsushioka Hokusai’s famous print “Under the Wave off Kanagawa,” how we are currently treating our water resources, Lake Ontario and SUNY Oswego’s proximity to it.
  • Is there a message you hope your sculpture will convey?
      1. There is definitely a message in my piece, if you look into the wave one will find garbage and fish that are threatened or endangered. The sculpture is functional, so a person can sit under the wave and feel the potential of being consumed by fish and garbage. This potential problem is becoming a reality due to our neglect of the oceans and natural environment. The piece is symbolic of how dangerous polluted waters can be to us and the environment.
  • What was it like to find out your sculpture would be displayed on our campus?
      1. It’s always a good feeling to have your work accepted by a committee for an open call.
  • Are you working on any projects now?
    1. Yes, I am currently installing a show at Keystone College that will be here until mid-November. At SUNY Plattsburgh there is a sister sculpture to the one installed at SUNY Oswego. In Rochester am currently working on a permanent sculpture that will be at a small park that is part of the new Charlotte Square Apartments, this will be up at the end of October. Also in Rochester is the Axom gallery where I will be having a show starting in December. So I am pretty busy making and showing Art.

 

Artist: Duncan Chase 

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Sculpture: Ark #2

  • What was your inspiration for your sculpture?
      1. I am inspired by animals and their ability to adapt to different environments. This sculpture is an offering to the birds, in the case of this particular sculpture it is a place of protection. I am most excited  to see if they will occupy the sculpture. As I have been working on it I get a lot of sideways looks and responses of “What is it?” I was very happy when the 8 year old  neighbor kid asked me “what is it”? and I said it’s a birdhouse. His response was “Oh and the man is protecting the birds?”
  • Is there a message you hope your sculpture will convey?
      1. The message I would like to imply is simply, I believe that animals have their own complex systems of communication, and behaviour that we will never fully understand. There something wonderful about just observing them. It makes me think of all the contributions they have given us just through watching them .
  • What was it like to find out your sculpture would be displayed on our campus?

1.   I was really excited to have a piece on the campus at Oswego, especially due to it proximity to Lake Ontario. Water is a very important element to my sculpture.

  • Are you working on any projects now?
    1.  I am getting ready to install the piece next weekend , so currently I have not started anything .