Doug Alcock - Forge Ahead

 

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Catalogue for Doug Alcock's Hammer & Spoon exhibition produced by Headbones Gallery with commentary by Julie Oakes - Vernon, BC March 20 - April 21, 2011

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doug alcock steel sculpture forge ahead

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the drawers headbones gallery contemporary drawing sculpture and works on paper doug alcock forge ahead march 20 april 21 2012 headbones gallery

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artist catalog doug alcock forge ahead copyright © 2012 headbones gallery this catalog was created for the exhibition titled doug alcock hammer spoon at headbones gallery vernon bc canada march 20 april 21 2012 artwork copyright © 1992 2012 doug alcock commentary by julie oakes copyright © 2012 julie oakes photography by yuri akuney doug alcock and richard fogarty rich fog micro publishing printed in vernon 2012 layout and design richard fogarty printed on the ricoh spc 811dn all rights reserved no part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic or mechanical including photocopying and recording or by any information storage or retrieval system except as may be expressly permitted by the 1976 copyright act or in writing from headbones gallery requests for permission to use these images should be addressed in writing to doug alcock c/o headbones gallery www.headbonesgallery.com front and back covers doug alcock photographed by yuri akuney isbn 978-1-926605-48-7 rich fog micro publishing toronto canada

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doug alcock forge ahead commentary by julie oakes

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the stamp of the horsey or celtic cultures many forged steel gates and grills use celtic designs in direct or indirect tribute to the norse god thor thor is the god of thunder with his hammer and anvil but also symbolic of hallowing healing and fertility doug alcock forge ahead there is a symbol on many of alcock s pieces a spiral he has used it periodically as a signature the spiral is the symbol of the fibonacci series by definition the first two numbers in the fibonacci sequence are 0 and 1 and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two the geometrical equivalent is the golden spiral which is found in nature in molluscs nautilus shells and the arms of spiral galaxies spirals are common in nature but not all are perfect logarithmic golden spirals made by connecting the opposite corners of squares the miracle in this geometry is that it relates the rigid square to the flowing line alcock s work turns hard metal into organic shapes to do so he must submit the steel to fire forged steel is the result of the blacksmith s trade when with hammer and anvil steel that has been made malleable by fire is shaped the blacksmith was once a necessary trade when locomotion relied on the horse and tools and hardware were shaped by the blacksmith as a result forged steel art pieces have carried either at his studio on the commonage the bellows blow the forge is stoked and the sound of metal-upon-metal drifts over to his neighbours at predator ridge a highend golf course and housing development unique with its pioneering use of solar electricity and forged architectural accents predator acquired alcock s large forged sculpture the quiver which called to mind both the native population that once lived upon the commonage natives and settlers using the area for common grazing of stock and the golf bag there is also a wellness center and hotel replete with millions of crystals introducing european and transformative healing techniques on the neighbouring land next door to this mega development is the alcock home forge studio and organic farm doug alcock s work bares witness to his situation.

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using an age-old means of shaping metal he has managed to not only comment on but also integrate his ideas with progress tools gears farm equipment culverts domestic objects and industrial items in much the same way as jim dine robert rauschenburg or tom wesselman used objects.1 alcock in the quiver also distorts the proportional relationship between man and the object as did oldenburg alcock uses real objects such as the meat cleavers in conjunction with shaped realistic elements in storied food the placement of the cleavers is crucial as the arc of the cut is made visible describing the slicing motion through air because the cleavers are steel heavy and sharp there is a dynamic of danger that is more than just the implied gesture for many years alcock has drawn from the cowboy culture bringing blacksmithing from trade to art through his intelligent use of pop culture his caricatured arrangements of structural elements bring real objects into play alongside of the fabricated a method employed by the pop movement alcock will use a real gun with a forged holster for instance he uses spurs alcock speaks of storied food and it s current popularity in advertising another pop attribute an example would be the text on a carton of eggs in a label that could read from organic free range chickens raised in pastoral happiness in order to stand out above the many the product has attached a story to the marketing the attractive by-line meant to seduce a consumer alcock s art works are storied sculptures but the by-line is implied through the choice of visual elements they could be termed pop realism but the use of forged steel demands an acknowledgement of the material within

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the nomenclature hard solid rooted informed committed and bolded pop realism perhaps recently doug alcock has been working on food for thought this new body of work began with concerns of food security having invested time into developing an organic garden the controversy around seed saving arose genetically maudiofied plays upon the dual definition of the word ear reworking an earlier element the large human ear shape was formed in 1994 the ear of corn lies sheathed in its husk much like a gun in a holster ear also is defined as the slang name for a police informant and may also have been an intended reference for alcock s narrative is a social commentary and the corn industry has been coming under the gun of environmental concerns of late the food series brings us back to thor as the blacksmith god who is also related to hallowing healing and fertility alcock sites the words of vanadana shiva as a philosophical reference his interest and activism are aligned with hers and the recent cbc interview where she addresses farmers the seeds they plant and the food we eat brings to light some of the issues that doug alcock has addressed visually alcock can be imagined making genetically maudiofied as vanadana shiva spoke of occupying the seed she questioned what is the seed and answered the embodiment of life and the first link in the food chain she stated that the seed is disappearing in diversity as the free seed disappears the open source seed which is the basis of this diversity 2 alcock planted from another open source his art practice and so firm was he in his commitment to his idea that it is now pounded and set in steel with a strange larger-than-life-size human ear sprouting from the top of the ear of corn as if listening to the promptings of environmental activism he also relates to the moderns with his use of absolute form fem form and fold form two eight foot sculptures made from

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recycled steel practically illustrate his conscientious concern for the use of resources seemingly made of a leather-like malleable substance femform gracefully cups cut steel floral shapes foldform is a massive crumpled shape enveloping itself alcock used a tool to leverage his task and create the relaxed volumes a bobcat impression is not one of revulsion but of simpatico and protection as our larger human body relates to the smaller as if to an offspring alcock come to grips with our complex contemporary lifestyle by creating art work from steel he solidifies his queries into enduring aesthetic accomplishments julie oakes 2012 1 the predator quiver 2 cbc radio canada live interview with vandana shiva on friday march 16 2012 there is pop inference in the figurative works as well especially in nebula and indigenous knowledge these petite figures are as animated as the many space characters that have been born from the movie industry they are endearing creatures e.t like indigenous knowledge is the size of a miniature person or a frail thin child the head like a shattered egg or a crumbling leaf the spine exposed the feet funny as if part flipper the overall opposite reading light 2012 found forged and fabricated steel 10w x 24 h

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eye of the storm 2012 found forged and fabricated steel 21w x 13 h

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sharing borders 2009 found forged and fabricated steel 17w x 11 h

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