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Take Me To Your Leader Sculpture

Richard Arfsten

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Sculpture, Metal on Bronze

Size: 16 W x 40 H x 16 D in

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I was making a abstract vase and when I opened up the mold after casting it I got a pleasant surprise. I saw a space Alien staring at me. It was magic. It was pure serendipity. When you are casting metal and it cools there is a lot of shrinkage in the thick places of the form. In order to control this you put in a riser where ever you think it is going to shrink. A riser is a real thick cavity that is the last to cool and get hard. This allows the place where you thought was going to shrink to get extra metal. The shrink happens in the riser which gets cut off and is not part of the form you are making. In this situation the risers turned into eyes and ears and stubby hand forms. It was like a birthday present from the foundry God! You have to realize that I am a 7 year old trapped in a 80 year old body. Happy happy day!

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Sculpture:Metal on Bronze

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:16 W x 40 H x 16 D in

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I have an ambitious approach to life ... and to art ... make something happen every day ... but most of all have fun doing it! A sculptor first, and now working in 2D, I do my best to do just that. Presented here are examples of some of my work. •• My sculpture runs the gamut from abstract, to figurative, to architectural. The materials and methods used are diverse ... from figures modeled in clay or wax, then cast in pewter or bronze ... to aluminum maquettes (produced by evaporative pattern casting) which serve as the 3D blueprints for the pieces that are enlarged and fabricated from sheet metal of all kinds. •• My 2D pieces range from abstract to figurative. You’ll find Originals done in oils or acrylic, one-of-a-kind monotypes, collages, mixed media paintings, and more ... I love working in all mediums. Some of my 2D work may be available as reproductions on this site. ••• MY FASCINATION WITH SCIENCE FICTION & MAKE BELIEVE - When I was in second grade, television was new and the hottest thing. The "Adventures of Flash Gordon" was my favorite program. There was only one kid in the neighborhood who had a TV. We, all the kids, gathered at his house for every episode. I was a huge fan of the characters. Flash was cool and my hero. Dale Arden was OK but Princess Aura was way cooler because she was naughty. Ming The Mercilous was very interesting. But Dr. Zarkov and his super duper telescope - that could see into time forwards and backwards, far and near - was the star of the show for me. The spaceship was really hoakey. You could see the wire that it was traveling on and the little puffs of smoke coming out of it were a joke, even for me. But the concept of the show was magical. Also at that time there were radio shows about space travel and aliens and monsters. I would listen to those shows with my grandfather as I sat on the floor next to the big wooden box radio so I could get the full impact of the sounds. •• These shows inspired me to draw spaceships, mostly "new and improved" versions of Flash's ship. I taped them all over my bedroom walls. At night I would travel with Flash. We would go to distant parts of the Universe and explore ancient ruins - like what I saw in National Geographic when I was not looking at the bare-breasted girls of exotic cultures. (I think artists and sculptors, are to a large part, voyeurs.) Those memories pop up in my art over and over. •• Faces also intrigue and inspire me.

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