Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

The Gate Hangs Well

Walter Early
Chicago, IL
Welded steel
80″ x 60″’ x 28″
The Dance by Wayne Vaughn
The Dance by Wayne Vaughn

Artist Comments

My creative work is series-based and explores object valuation systems. Research revolves around material and provenance justifications for preserving objects in domestic collections: specifically investigating the ability of objects of seemingly little significance to act as a memory aid and surrogate for the corporeal. Similar to still life painting and photography, found objects are often utilized or referenced as a metaphor for lifecycles. Formally the work draws from the language of fragments; using incomplete forms to allude to a larger whole.

-Walter Early

About the Artist

Walter Early (b. 1983, Jellico, TN) studied art at the University of Kentucky and the University of Notre Dame. His work has been included in exhibitions across North America and internationally in the United Kingdom, Honduras, and Hungary. In 2012, with support from the Henry Moore Foundation, he was resident artist at the Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture in Coalbrookdale, England. In 2016 he will be a resident at both the Grand Marais Art Colony in Minnesota and Project 1612 in Peoria, IL.

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