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NEAL H. WEINFIELD

Artist's Statement

Storms in Sculpture

 

My abstract sculptures are inspired by physical, metaphysical and emotional storms.  The sculptures are composed of radiating curvilinear ribs connected by thin webbing.  The organic planes crated by the webbing contrast with the hard edged, repetitive ribs.  The conflict between the mechanical and the natural expresses our efforts to overcome the forces which continually threaten us.

The organic forms seamlessly cascade into continuously evolving spaces and profiles.  The curvilinear planes and ribs appear to stretch and rip apart while engulfing tenuous protective spaces. 

The sculptures, which are suitable for outdoor placement, are typically constructed from aluminum, and covered with long-lasting paint.  These materials were chosen for their durability, crisp appearance, and because of their traditional use in marine and aviation construction.  Meticulous attention is paid to details so that each sculpture appears to be created from a solid, single piece of metal, rather than a composite of elements simply tacked together.  All ribs, welds and webbing are cut, ground smooth, and faired until they are smooth as glass.  The pieces typically have a maximum dimension of four to seven feet.

I have been sculpting for three decades, and have won prizes in national juried competitions, exhibited in solo and group shows, and exhibited and displayed work in various residential, institutional and corporate settings. 

I have two sculptures on permanent display at Cornell University, including one piece that is the central work in the University's main library sculpture collection.  One of my sculptures is in the permanent collection of the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, Illinois. 

I welcome the opportunity to create unique commissions, and incorporate the client’s goals into the creative process.

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1961, and received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 1984 from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. I currently reside in the Chicago area. Main Gallery