Rhinoceros will be on exhibit at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center from April 23 through May 29 as part of the exhibit: Art From Detritus.
This sculpture is fabricated purely from waste material. The head is constructed of cast off building lumber glued into a solid block and carved. His fore legs are from structural posts that were buried within the artist’s house, discovered during renovation. His body is made of rough pine scraps destined to be burnt, from a mill in Stanfordville, NY, and various hardwood 4×4’s salvaged from broken pallets. Appropriately, his hind legs are portions of trees blown down in last fall’s wind storms, which could commonly be found bucked into manageable chunks and left in the ditches for the road-crew to gather and burn or mulch. There are no fasteners used in the construction of Rhinoceros, only glue.
The rhinoceros’s massive bulk, aggressive horns and singularly small brain have come to make it a suitable symbol for many contemporary issues. Though there is something to its stoic grace, speed, strength and course hide that endowed reverence to the rhino as a saintly animal by Asian mythologies. In the west the rhinoceros has been a symbol of majesty and intrigue. So seldom were these animals seen by westerners that stories of the creature livened the imaginations of painters, artists and craftspeople throughout Europe in the post–Renaissance period.
Having been employed in the building of homes since his childhood in upstate NY the artist enjoyed the physicality and scale of his work, but always took notice of the aesthetic beauty and potential – yet wastefulness of the off-cut scrap wood strewn about the muddy lots cleared from second generation forest.
Special thanks to Brian Morris, Kevin MacAvoy, Greg MacAvoy I, Bonehawk, Noah Post and Kardash Onnig.