“When I am most successful my sculptures have the look and feel of floating forms, virtual weightlessness. Perhaps this is why I gravitate to aluminum as my preferred material, and why from childhood on, I have been especially fond of the works of Miro and Caulder. I want my creations to be unique original artistic expressions that are both easy to live with as well as environmentally friendly to our planet. Aluminum fills this need, and when they are powder coated they take on a modern smooth finish, that is more durable than liquid paint and environmentally green, no solvents (VOCâ€™s). I am not as much a perfectionist as I am an abstractionist. I understand the importance of finishing touches and small details, but these come secondary to the feeling that the work of art conveys to the viewer. I want it to be more than what meets the eye at first glance."
Stephen L. Kishel was born in Muncie, Indiana. His parents were teachers with long summer breaks, so he could indulge a taste for roughing it nearly every summer on a remote island in Western Ontario. The contrast between a mid-western university city and a log cabin without electricity was a rich one. His father, a high-school art teacher, taught him to appreciate the postcard-like sunset and sunrises the wilderness offered - and the industrious life of constant repairs and restoration it takes to care for a cabin after nature has had an entire winter to reclaim it. As he learned to love nature and solitude in Ontario, he learned to appreciate knowledge and learning in Indiana. His father took care that Stephen learned several ways to express himself in art, but early on he came to love sculpture, especially welded metal sculpture. Kishel began welding at 7 and had his first solo art show at 17.
"I would like my work to be enjoyed like the clouds-- to give that sense of calm you get when you lie on the ground and stare up into the sky, letting your mind relax and imagination flow."
-- S. Kishel
Joyful Work by Brenda Orcutt & Stephen Kishel
May 30 - June 15, 2018