Mike Wsol and Luke Achterberg are two of 11 artists selected to exhibit in the second installment of JCSM’s biennial Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. 

A steel scuplture in the shape of a cone, with a small opening at the base

Mike Wsol

Lilburn, Georgia

Lost Horizon #2,  2013
Steel and artificial glass

Artist Statement:

With my Lost Horizon sculptures, I created a point of isolation and insulation that affords viewers an opportunity to focus on space, landscape, and self. This experience shows how we inhabit the atmosphere with our entire bodies while small parts of us touch the landscape.

Sculpture or architecture can be designed to provide moments of introspection—moments that reveal to the viewer what it is to be a human moving through the atmosphere touching the earth’s surface.

An outdoor sculpture with painted curves

Luke Achterberg

Lexington, Kentucky

Fettle,   2011
Painted steel

Artist Statement:

My work explores relationships between fine art and the subcultures of Americana found in automotive-customizing culture, style-writing culture, and street art—all of which display extremely high technical values developed outside of academia. I identify with these values and am diligent in my attention to the quality and individuality of each work. While working, I think of the customization process that overturns the standardization of automobile mass production into vehicular uniqueness. I continually play with balance, both physical and aesthetic, creating a visual smoothness or sleekness, what I would call “Super Sleek.”

See more of their work at our Museum Homecoming Tailgate on Friday, October 2, to celebrate the opening of Out of the Box! The community-wide event is open to all ages, and will include sculpture tours, art and family activities, a tiger bounce house for kids, a grand prize giveaway, and delicious food and beverage options from local favorites. Guest artist and juror Willie Cole will announce the three top prizewinners from among the 11 finalists during the event!

Out of the Box is made possible in part with funds provided by Julian Robert Haynes, in memory of Dr. Lucile McGehee Haynes, Grace and David E. Johnson, and the Susan Phillips Educational Gift Fund.
A portion of the finalists’ honoraria for the 11 finalists is supported by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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