Return to Metropolis - Base is an old foundry form with an old air horn attached. The figure was a broken garden ornament that is held in place by two screws, the ball is simulated marble, probably a lawn bowling ball. The horn and figure a spray painting with a combination of Rustoleum "Oil rubbed bronze" spray paint. It's pretty heavy however its is somewhat delicate because of how the figure is integrated. This will soon be going on sale at the Lafayette Mill Antique center in Lafayette NJ and will sell for around $475.
Just completed this assemblage yesterday. It's called "Idolic Summer".
It's mostly made of wood. The main figure is something I found at a garage sale years ago, the wings are cut off of an eagle I purchased on ebay and the fan blade someone gave me last year. It sits in the backyard on a pedestal that is painted a champagne gold and has rebar running thru it and into the base of the assemblage for stability. The fan is functional and revolves with a stiff breeze.
Fire Dance is about ritual and dance and the bridge that it creates between this world and those other we do not understand. In this painting the figures were done in a combination of the styles of Inca and Aztec figures with a touch of influence of the Japanese master Hokusi. Using these styles in combination with the theme of a fire dance and the colors of a raging fire burning off the picture plane and its cast shadows gives the composition an ancient and mystical feel evoking the spirit of the dance.
I believe that humanities major talent is making symbols. We have been this way since the beginnings of our existence as a race. It is the reason we have a written language, music, painting, sculpture, dance, mathematics, the sciences and our entire civilization. This is the cornerstone of what it is to be a thinking human being. My painting, mixed media and digital works are his explorations into the creative spirit.
David Derr Fine Art, Oil Painting, Mixed Media, Digital Art, Assemblages