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LEN HARRIS

LEN HARRIS

Artist Work

Excitement
2012
wood
90x30x31
Endless
2013
wood
27x49x19
Arabesque
2012
wood sculpture
50x21x24
Ecstatic
2013
wood
44x29x25
Emerging
2012
wood
25x30x24
Flamenco
2012
wood
37x20x15

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

As a sculptor, my goal is to cause a maximum human response with a minimum of material. I attempt to make visible what is essentially invisible, a defining form of a subject, be it an object, the human form, a human emotion, animals or birds, or the trajectory of a body in space. And all my sculptures are based on some recollection of past experiences. Sensuous “ribbons of wood” define the compositions and to me, a feeling of movement is established through their bending and twisting. The texture, color, and grain of the wood enhance the reaction to the images. I start with a sketch, but the final image depends on the feel of the sculpture as the wood is worked. My first career of forty years was as an aerospace engineer in industry and NASA. I performed research and participated in major aeronautics and space development programs. While working for NASA, I attended studio art classes at Montgomery College, MD. For years, I painted along the Potomac river or at remote sites in Montgomery County. One of the few pieces of sculpture I created while taking art classes was made of thin wood plies and is the origin of my current sculpture. I finally developed a technique to deal with large plies orAs a sculptor, my goal is to cause a maximum human response with a minimum of material. I attempt to make visible what is essentially invisible, a defining form of a subject, be it an object, the human form, a human emotion, animals or birds, or the trajectory of a body in space. And all my sculptures are based on some recollection of past experiences. Sensuous “ribbons of wood” define the compositions and to me, a feeling of movement is established through their bending and twisting. The texture, color, and grain of the wood enhance the reaction to the images. I start with a sketch, but the final image depends on the feel of the sculpture as the wood is worked. My first career of forty years was as an aerospace engineer in industry and NASA. I performed research and participated in major aeronautics and space development programs. While working for NASA, I attended studio art classes at Montgomery College, MD. For years, I painted along the Potomac river or at remote sites in Montgomery County. One of the few pieces of sculpture I created while taking art classes was made of thin wood plies and is the origin of my current sculpture. I finally developed a technique to deal with large plies or

Artist Bio

I have been working with wood since a boy in California and now get great satisfaction in creating wood sculpture.

After receiving engineering degrees from Stanford University and the University of Illinois, and working for twenty years in Southern California, I have been liviing in Somerset, Maryland since 1972. My first career of forty years was as an aerospace engineer in industry and then NASA. I performed engineering research and participated in major aeronautics and space development programs. Working in manned space programs from the lunar landing to the Shuttle and Space Station was particularly exciting. During my last five years at NASA, I was Chief Engineer of the engineering research Division. This first career resulted in an understanding of the behavior of materials in light weight aerospace structures, invaluable in creating light weight ribbon-like wood sculptures.

While working for NASA, I attended studio art classes at Montgomery College, Maryland in the ’70’s. For years, my primary interest was oil painting along the Potomac river or at remote sites in Montgomery County, MD. One of the sculptures I created as a class project was painstakingly assembled of small, thin wood plies and is the origin of my current sculpture. About the turn of the century, I developed a technique to deal with long plies or ribbons of wood to achieve a light, free sculptural form...and have concentrated in this medium ever since. I call it “Ribbons of Wood”, and have exhibited extensivelhy in galleries from New York to North Carolina.

Awards

Solo Exhibit. Aug 2004, Glenview Mansion Gallery, Rockville, MD (juried)
Solo Exhibit. May 23-June 26, 2005, Katz Jewish Community Center, Cherry Hill, NJ (Invitational)
Solo Exhibit. July 8-Oct 7, 2006, Sculpture Atrium, Corporate Center at Tyson's Center (Invitational)
Solo Exhibit. Feb, 2010, Arts Club of Washington, Solo Show, (juried)
First Prize, Sculpture. Apr 2010, Infinity Art Gallery, Spring Expo 2010 (juried)
Solo Exhibit. Oct 22. 2011-Jan 28, 2012, Corporate Center at Tysons, VA, solo show (invitational)
First Prize. Feb 8-Mar 4, 2012, Arabesque, Galery West, Alexandria, VA,, “15th Annual Juried Show”
Honorable Mention July 2012, Artavita on-line Gallery, 2nd Art Contest, ScullptureI have been working with wood since a boy in California and now get great satisfaction in creating wood sculpture.

After receiving engineering degrees from Stanford University and the University of Illinois, and working for twenty years in Southern California, I have been liviing in Somerset, Maryland since 1972. My first career of forty years was as an aerospace engineer in industry and then NASA. I performed engineering research and participated in major aeronautics and space development programs. Working in manned space programs from the lunar landing to the Shuttle and Space Station was particularly exciting. During my last five years at NASA, I was Chief Engineer of the engineering research Division. This first career resulted in an understanding of the behavior of materials in light weight aerospace structures, invaluable in creating light weight ribbon-like wood sculptures.

While working for NASA, I attended studio art classes at Montgomery College, Maryland in the ’70’s. For years, my primary interest was oil painting along the Potomac river or at remote sites in Montgomery County, MD. One of the sculptures I created as a class project was painstakingly assembled of small, thin wood plies and is the origin of my current sculpture. About the turn of the century, I developed a technique to deal with long plies or ribbons of wood to achieve a light, free sculptural form...and have concentrated in this medium ever since. I call it “Ribbons of Wood”, and have exhibited extensivelhy in galleries from New York to North Carolina.

Awards

Solo Exhibit. Aug 2004, Glenview Mansion Gallery, Rockville, MD (juried)
Solo Exhibit. May 23-June 26, 2005, Katz Jewish Community Center, Cherry Hill, NJ (Invitational)
Solo Exhibit. July 8-Oct 7, 2006, Sculpture Atrium, Corporate Center at Tyson's Center (Invitational)
Solo Exhibit. Feb, 2010, Arts Club of Washington, Solo Show, (juried)
First Prize, Sculpture. Apr 2010, Infinity Art Gallery, Spring Expo 2010 (juried)
Solo Exhibit. Oct 22. 2011-Jan 28, 2012, Corporate Center at Tysons, VA, solo show (invitational)
First Prize. Feb 8-Mar 4, 2012, Arabesque, Galery West, Alexandria, VA,, “15th Annual Juried Show”
Honorable Mention July 2012, Artavita on-line Gallery, 2nd Art Contest, Scullpture