Paul Vexler: Wood Sculptor
February 16 – March 5, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 12:30-2:30pm
I make large scale, lightweight, suspended sculptures. Some of my pieces are created as site-specific work; others become stand-alone objects for gallery shows or collections. I like to push the limits of my medium and work in unconventional ways, which also means that I often create new tools and methods. For example, I make my own plywood, so it has just the right strength and flexibility.
A variety of intentions may come into play as the work is being conceived, but in the end, success is dependent on how it is received by those who experience it. Do they look at it? Are they happy to have seen it? Do they tell their friends to see it? Did they learn something new?
The thought of people “enjoying” my work really doesn’t convey my intent when I make a sculpture. You can call me old fashioned, but I truly believe that the purpose of fine art is to evoke aesthetic experiences, both for the artist as he or she creates the work and for the viewer. I want people to approach my work and feel compelled to walk around it and view it from different angles. I want them to walk around it two or three times because the work is helping them to learn to see things that they missed the first time. And most of all, I want them to experience the pleasure of seeing something beautiful.