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STEPHEN ANGELL
::: artist currently showing :::

Stephen Angell

I found my voice in marble. Carving stone is a de-constructive approach to

conception, which is a physical and mental concentration whose focus is

the language of my abstraction. My statement is about life’s course of

interaction between experience and expression. It is an active discourse

with what I have felt as the resounding call of human contiguity, said in

stone.

My visual evolution is one described by my travels. Living in Europe, I fell

in love with European origins and aesthetics; drawn, driven, and intrigued

by its continuum from history’s most ancient, and through its classics, to its

most post- modern explosions. My adventure began in Carrara, Italy,

sculpting, and exploring Southern Europe in dialogue with art and its

origins, and has continued with years of re-nourishment, in a back and forth

between continents.

I was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1960. My art quest started at an early

age, as I grasped the probity of the poetics of art and verse, in contrast to

late Twentieth Century commercialism and waste. My first venture into the

visual arts was through the lens of photography, until I eventually

discovered marble in Cortona, Italy.

I work directly in stone. The magic begins for me at the source. Marble is

a metamorphic stone of sedimentary, aquatic origin. Marble has a density,

grain, and harmony, unique in its every vein and quarry. Conception begins

there. With my sculpture, I first find an anatomical center which predicates

my deconstruct and abstraction. It is a preconception of form transposed

into voice and dimensionality and connects the body of work in a harmony

of unified singularity, reaching back to a classical forum to push forward

into modern context.

In a leap from the intuitive I have perused throughout my work-study an

interest in the lucidity of conceptual design. My furniture and fountain

designs present a symbiosis of my more organic statement, in an

engagement with Euclidian geometry in a spatial context. “Protoplay” is an

expression of this interplay. I have called it ‘proto-geometry’, and seek to

present a primal and minimalist simplicity, in industrial contrast. The

fountains “Abode” and “Chalice” are three- dimensional extrapolations of

the same.

It is the synthesis of organic and man-made form that I present, and by

defining the origins of material by contrast to man made intervention I

ultimately proclaim nature as the protagonist!