My goal is to combine my love of art with the materials and tools of contemporary life. I like taking these ordinary materials and using them in ways in which they were not intended. And I strive to bring the craft aesthetic to things I make by using modern machines and tools when fabricating works.
My focus right now is to investigate ways in which light can be used. Light has such an animating influence. It's amazing to see how it adds a new dimension to a work. Light reveals, illumines, shines, radiates and glows. Some of my works articulate the light so that its presence is seen as a subtle thing. In other cases I like to have the light announce itself more directly.
To me, the most important thing about my art is the process. It's often easy to mentally "see" an idea. But then there's the practical work that wrestles with what you want to make with the facts that the materials and tools impose. As I work I try to keep an open mind and let myself be guided through the process. Often the results are much better than what I originally "saw." This is especially true when collaborating with others on a piece.
A native Detroiter, I grew up surrounded by a world of industry. As boys we all tinkered with cars, souping them up and making them into one-of-a-kind customs by removing all the chrome and painting them with luscious metallic colors. Our families and relatives were machine shop workers, tool and die makers, and assembly line laborers. It was natural for me to embrace this machinist's craft with an aesthetic approach that saw beauty in the ordinary materials of everyday production.
After college I left Detroit and moved to New York where I enrolled at The Art Students' League while working at my day job in film making. Later I got a job in an industrial design office where I helped develop contract seating prototypes. My other job was photographing major art museum exhibitions for a non-profit foundation. The design job helped stretch my abilities to think in three dimensions and work with new materials. Photographing a variety of exhibitions – from the art of fresco to contemporary art -- helped me learn more about the infinite range of artistic ideas and how they could be expressed.
Later I moved to Charlotte and worked in museum and environmental design. I eventually took a job in the construction field, later becoming a licensed General Contractor. Over the last few years I ran my own residential building and remodeling company until I was led to take the leap into making works of art full time.
Represented by Gallery Up, Rock Hill, SC
Sixth Street Windows, McColl Center for Visual Art,
Finalist, Nancie Mattice Award, Dangenart Gallery,
Consulting, Presentations, Workshops
Creative Arts Program for Adults, Camp Newfound/Owatonna,
BA, Monteith College, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
The Art Students' League, New York, NY
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Penland School of Crafts, "Pushing the Neon Envelope" with instructors David Smith and David Wilson, Fall 2007, Penland, NC
David Ramsey, Charlotte, NC
Paul Sedan can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last update 1/5/09.