Floating Steel / Flying Sparks:
Photographs by Harry von Stark & Sculptures by Karsten Boysen
August 31 – October 1
Northwind Exhibit Gallery
The photographs of Harry von Stark depict large-scale human industry, the workers sometimes looking dwarfed by the size of the projects on which they work. These framed black and white prints document the story of a complete build from start to finish of a fishing trawler bound for the Bering Sea. Unlimited access to the Anacortes shipyards enabled von Stark to include various images of men and women constructing steel ships in the 21st century.
This exhibit is the culmination of his three-year journey to visually document in cut-glass black and white photographic imagery how you make steel float. His book entitled, Floating Steel will be on sale in the gallery.
The sculptures of Karsten Boysen emulate nature, and the essence of nature – something artists have known from time immemorial — is the spiral, the DNA twist that imparts life to all things. The spiral animates his art.
“Art is all about mystery, stealth, and transformation,” he says. “The materials I use are selected by a twist, a bend, a crumple – almost as if returning to a natural state. The mind is silenced, the self gets out of the way, and the work is allowed to express itself.”
Boysen is known throughout the Pacific Northwest with major commissions and exhibitions in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Arizona. His sculpture was displayed at Gallery Without Walls, Lake Oswego, Oregon, and is currently featured in outdoor exhibits in Napa, California as well as Des Moines and Olympia, Washington.
August 31 -- 11:30 am Exhibit Opens
September 2 -- 5:30 to 8 pm Opening Reception during Art Walk
September 3 -- 1 pm Art Talk
October 1 – 5:30 pm Exhibit Closes