Some months back, Kev--a.k.a. my equal half--and I had the distinct pleasure of paying a visit to the dedicated creative space of artist Jeff Spoon. Since he'd been so kind to tip us off to some awesome artsy intel in the past, which we could then gladly share with you curious folks, how could we refuse? We simply could not.
Within his one-room studio, filled with a generous amount of natural light, we surveyed a selection of his metal sculptures and some extremely striking figurative and abstract charcoal drawings--Spoon makes his own sicks o' char, don't cha know--on ginormous sheets of sandpaper. Who knew the gritty stuff came in sizes so big? Not I, good people, not I.
As a woodworker and metalsmith--he's resident artist at the Wormfarm Institute's foundry in Reedsburg, Wisconsin--Spoon knows how to coax and cajole normally unforgiving material into the forms he wants, making the intangible tangible and doing it with an honest, playful air.
Most recently, Spoon exhibited sculpture at the Woolen Mill Gallery as a part of the Chicken Soup show in February. That sculpture, Lurebug, will soon be flying on over to another gallery in May, but before it does the artist would like to invite everyone within driving distance of Miltown to see it in person at his studio opening this Saturday night.
When ya show up--and we know ya will--at 3707 N. Richards Street in Riverwest on April 10 between the hours of 6-10PM you'll be greeted heartily at studio #201 by Spoon himself, who will then proceed to give you a grand tour and an insider's insight on his work to date. It's an opportunity not to be missed, so get on over there!