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articles by
todd
camplin
texas sculpture association
I visited opening night and the show was so packed that I couldn’t see much, but I had fun
catching up with several artist friends. Plus I made notes about which works I might want to
revisit. On my second visit, Art Fairchild’s hand powered spinning sculpture captivated my
attention. “Whimsical Spherical” looks like cut pipes rounded off and systematically stacked
together on a stand. The rusted metal form was attractive, but when I observed the work
spinning and making a faint noise,  I was charmed by the piece. Leave it to bells and
whistles to make me fall for an art work. This work by Fairchild reminded me of Art on
Henderson finalist, sculptor Scott Shubin. His use of simple beams welded together
had a similar impact to Fairchild’s sphere.
Robertus Joost van der Wege’s sculpture, “Five Girls Playing” used bike parts to make the cycle
more in a circle. It would seem Wege is showing an exercise in futility and the light pink shade
of the frame added an air of frivolousness. The work was well crafted like a Eugène Ionesco play,
which further illustrated the absurdity Wege was trying to achieve.
Whimsical Spherical
The black metal sculpture titled Round Screen, by David Duncan had a similar composition and
look to Beverly Penn’s delicate work. Duncan has gone with a sturdier thickness that makes me
believe you could even hang his work outside. There is something about the organic shapes
and subtle variations in the symmetry that keeps your eyes moving around the piece.  

There were around 30 artists in the show and styles were pretty broad, but most harkened back
to developments made in early to mid-20th century Modernism. Stan Smith’s “Dissected,” looked similar
to Russian Constructivist works. Brandon Jarrett made a piece in the same vein as the 1961 David Smith’
s “Voltri VI” owned by Nasher Sculpture Garden. This is not a criticism of the works in
the show, just an observation that many were drawing insight from this rich deep well of the past
and coming up with their own iterations.  
Five Girls Playing

Night Sail
When visiting Cohn Drennan Contemporary, take a look around their office. Along with the friendly
dog, they have a great mini show of their stable artists. They recently switched out some of their
small works for more expansive paintings. The TSA show will be up until May 11th.
Disected Circles