Found objects are part of the fodder for David Franke’s sculptural mixed-media assemblies, which he will discuss at the June 22 meeting of the Door County Art League (DCAL).
In his presentation on Sculptural Assemblage and Experimental Art, Franke will highlight the meaning of experimental art, how experimental art affects sculptural assemblage, the Art-O Mat Project, and the International Society of Experimental Artists.
Franke describes his mission as “to provoke thought through color, form and movement,” and to “challenge the mind to see something beyond a still life or landscape.” He considers himself a mixed media artist, more inclined toward stimulating thoughts and emotions than rendering a representational view of the world.
His works incorporate copper tubing, chunks of stone, tree limbs, bone, and, in many of his assemblies, glass eyes, emphasizing his interest in how we see things and interpret them. An example is his “Inside Looking Out” assembly, consisting of a square frame of copper tubing with a hollowed log section, tree limbs, a silver ball, limestone, and a prosthetic eye attached.
The June 22 presentation will be at the Bertschinger Community Center in Egg Harbor starting at 7 pm. It is open to the public. For more information about Franke, visit studio8e9.com.
The familiar icons of Door County – weathered barns, lighthouses, Cave Point, and shorelines – will be featured in DCAL’s Favorite Places, Historic Sites and Scenic Locals exhibit, opening June 20.
The following artists are included in the exhibit and put a different spin on classic Door County scenes: Denny Moutray, Clarence Scherer, Dorothy McDowell, Barbara Timmerman, Karen Shanahan, Polly Joubert, David Skidmore, Jane Hamann, Barbara Kenyon, Penny Pfister, Beverly Hart-Branson, Jon Reddin, Carol Schalla, Ruth Sandor and Bethany Kirwen.
The exhibit opens with a reception June 20, 3 – 5 pm, and runs through June 26. The Door County Art League Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm. It is located in the courtyard of the Top of the Hill shops in Fish Creek, at the corner of Highway 42 and Spring Road. For more information visit doorcountyartleague.org.