Darren Andrew Weimert
Bright says he enjoys working with wood because it has “warmth and personality."
Some of his current sculptures are composites, which contain multiple subjects or ideas that are related. These composites start from inspiration that differs from a single-subject sculpture. As Bright describes, “One series of sculptures contains both architectural forms and organic ones in the same work in an effort to study resolution.” Bright’s method of producing a sculpture, though, is a strenuous and lengthy process. It begins with inspiration and sketching and ends with a fully developed three-dimensional form. “Drawings and small sculptural models, or maquette, in clay or wax allow me to explore the various design considerations of these ideas,” he says. “The small scale of the maquette allows experimentation with changes to the original concept. At this point, I usually try to simplify the overall form in an effort to get at the essence of the idea. This ‘peeling away’ of extraneous details helps to develop the flow and rhythms that are important to me.” From starting with a small-scale model of clay, he may choose to bring this maquette to life by producing a large-scale wood version of the model.
“Over the years, I have come to appreciate the individual characteristics and growth histories that each billet brings to the sculpture. Sometimes the tree is so powerful and so interesting that it takes on a bigger role,” he says. He enjoys experimenting with wood especially, as opposed to stone and bronze, because “wood has warmth and personality that seems to fit my style and expression.” When asked about his favorite part about sculpting, he thinks for a minute and says, “for me, carving is the most rewarding of all forms of expression. The physical and the rhythmic part of the process is good for me. Every sculpture is different. If there was a formula for it, I would’ve lost interest and I would have quit making them a long time ago.” T&G The Figurative Show is March 10-19 at the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania in Lemont. For more information, visit artalliancepa.org. 2017 March T&G - 123