OUTDOOR SCULPTURE

Cybele Rowe
Polymorphous
Concrete and bronze
36 x 48 x 72 in., $25,000
Email gallery-director@mbcac.org if interested in purchasing this work.

Artist Statement:

Polymorphous is from the Greek word polýmorphos “multiform”. The sculpture on loan to MBCAC is titled Polymrphous. The form is made of concrete and bronze. The bronze ring was cast when I was teaching bronze at college using the lost wax casting technique. Forty years later I am still deeply entranced by the polymorphous qualities within sculpture building.  The mediums I work with change, the subjects that inspire me change and the continents I live on change, yet the primary constant is my passion for creating form. That passion is the motivation that has driven me to a lifetime of daily practice. Simply put, I am what I do and I do what I am.

I started my art life with two art degrees and a scholarship that launched me into the NYC art scene from Sydney, Australia. The shows, the sales and the kudos have given me opportunities that have been many and varied. Instead of reciting my accolades, which in the grand scheme only qualifies my past work, I prefer to focus on my ability to transfigure the raw materials into objects of beauty. That is daily joy and grind of being a “making” sculptor.I build everything with my hands, no assistants and certainly no maker-bots. Most of the time working is hard, heavy, hot and strenuous. Every hand stroke, every fingerprint indentation and all the movement of color are within my hands as they engage in the building process.

In the beginning of 2019 I bought a property near Joshua Tree. For me that is now the ability to control the body of work I have produced over a long time span, and to build sculpture without any restriction, I needed space. On this property I am able to produce large scale ceramics, concrete, bronzes and woodworks. Like Noah Purifoy, I have planted some roots. Which, as a sculptor of large works, has allowed me to be free from the struggles of money and space. I have arrived at a place that lets me produce my work without the need to produce for a gallery and to show only what I want to produce.

My freedom now is the ability to make works that don’t work, in order to be able to pull back and find my style in many media and to constantly explore new ones. Each medium for a sculptor is a different language and mastering any of them takes time, patience and a lot of mistakes.

To view more work visit: cybeleroweart.com

 

CALL FOR ARTWORK

The MBCAC is looking for a sculpture to be placed in front of Gallery 62 November 1, 2021, exact date to be determined.

ELIGIBILITY:
•   Artists must be members of the MBCAC. Join here.
•   Artists who have participated in the past are not eligible to apply.

TO APPLY PLEASE SUBMIT:
•   Up to five images of the proposed sculpture(s).
•   Description of the work including materials, dimensions and method for installation.
•   Include complete contact information ie: address, phone number, and email address.

GUIDELINES:
•   All sculptures must fit on the existing concrete pad that is 45″ wide x 48″ long and 6″ high
•   Sculptures should be no taller than 9’ in height
•   Sculptures must be constructed of durable materials that are able to withstand harsh conditions including high winds, extreme temperatures and any external force caused by humans.
•   Sculptures must comply with all appropriate engineering requirements for safety and artists are responsible for securely anchoring the sculpture on the concrete pad
• We recommend that the artist procure some form of liability insurance in the event of damage, theft or injury to a third party.

SALE OF ARTWORK:
•   Artwork can be sold, but not removed until the one year contract is complete.
•   The MBCAC will withhold a commission of 15 percent if the sculpture is sold during the exhibit.

Please email requested information and questions to Gallery Director Aimee Buyea gallery-director@mbcac.org by August 5th, 2021.

For reference the current sculpture “Joshua Tree Wings” by Scott Doten is 9 ft high, 8 ft 4 in wide and 4 ft deep.