Beginningat 8 amon January 8ththrough 8 pm on February 2nd, the Greasewood Gallery in the Hotel Paisano at 207 North Highland Avenue in Marfa will be presenting an exhibit of the works of local sculptor, Craig V. Schowengerdt. The exhibit will feature the “Beautiful Bomb Series” of the sculptor’s most recent works created from native wood.
Schowengerdt holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. He also holds a master’s degree in fine art and literature from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Schowengerdt has lived in New York, where he first began wood sculpting. He first made a male torso out of a 400 poundlength of pine tree on his kitchen table in his two-story apartment. He worked as an electrician for 25 years and managed his own company before retiring to take a home in Marfa, Texas. And ever since moving to Marfa, the sculptor has continued crafting wood, searching and collecting tree parts he can work on, carve, and build to fit developing narratives. According to him, he wants his pieces to have a personality; to be in the act of something.
After his last exhibit entitled, “Almost Everything I’ve Ever Made” at The Yard – still in Marfa, the sculptor realized that after seeing all his work together, it was the simplest pieces that moved him the most. Then he goes on to say, “Wanting a simple but powerful form, the image of the underwater, or harbor mine, floated into my mind. After completing #1, it struck me as something unearthed, a relic. I wanted to fill a room with them and pass through unmolested.”
For more information on Schowengerdt’s exhibit, contact Vicki Lynn Barge, the gallery director, at 432-729-4134. The Greasewood Gallery also features works by other artists and in various mediums – oil and watercolor paintings; original photography and Giclee prints, sculptures, along with glass, wood, and jewelry creations. Many of the gallery’s featured artists have ties to the Big Bend area of West Texas and often exhibit works featuring beautiful, rugged landscapes.
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