by Ray Katz
Ray Katz, a Michigan native, received a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University. He then received his Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and drawing from Wayne State University. Currently he is a Professor of Art at the Auburn Hills campus of Oakland Community College where he teaches sculpture, drawing and design. Of his work, Katz writes, “In my pursuit of artistic expression, sculpture has always been my primary concern. I have worked in many mediums but metal has remained best suited for my work because of its strength, malleability and inherent beauty. “My sculptures created over the last ten years or more are conducive for Outdoor Installations and Public Sites. They have been built for specific public outdoor exhibitions or with outdoor exhibitions and commissions in mind. My sculptures vary in scale from small pedestal work to life size or larger interactive compositions. Sometimes you can walk underneath them or they can bridge a space. They are created from multiple parts. They often have open, transparent areas, in contrast to solid forms. They are poly formed as opposed to monolithic. “My sculpture is abstract. The abstract manipulation of form in space to create visual balance, using rhythm, action and movement, combine to create compositions that convey the implied energy found in my work. The sculptures allude to an evolutionary process that we all share in human experience. Striving for visual balance and the implied energy of a compositional organization become an evolutionary process that I associate with the evolution of life experiences that we all commonly share. These ideas and concepts are what separate my work from the historical and industrial influences from which I draw my connections. The active forms that are brought together represent the flux of life, and embrace transformative concepts such as evolution, metamorphosis and transcendence. The process of change that occurs in all living things and especially human beings fascinate me. The observation of these concepts in my own personal evolution has made me more sensitive to its occurrence in other living things and contributes to the visual aspects of my sculpture. That is what inspires me. “I have developed the physical resources to construct my sculptures in my own studio. My creative process requires organizing separate parts into a whole. Initially much of this activity is spontaneous, both in large and small scale work. The elements are all fabricated individually then assembled by welding and bolting. The act of assembly and disassembly contribute to the ease of construction and installation and add to the aura of complexity in the work and is a part of my creative process. Although I develop my work in different sizes I am committed to creating large-scale sculpture. “I am interested in public sculpture. I have successfully installed large scale sculpture temporarily and permanently. I believe that Public Art transforms the way people look at visual phenomena in their environment. Whatever its form, Public Art attracts attention and effects peoples attitude toward their surroundings and often stimulates an exchange of ideas that can be enriching emotionally, intellectually and aesthetically.” Approximate dimensions: 9’ high, 4’ wide, 5’ deep 300 pounds
Location Elk Rapids Day Park, 920 S Bay Shore Dr, Elk Rapids MI, Williamsburg
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