Dave Bowers Studio
A Sculptural journey
Wood is life, a metaphor for the human. Look closely and you'll see a medium that is full of struggles and accomplishments. The fight of a seedling to start high upon a cliff or its' battle for light in the forest canopy below, each victory is built on the previous. Overcoming wind and storms, drought and heat, triumph is exhibited through beauty and grandeur only a tree can provide. From the sapling’s early days to the tree's full form, from new life each spring to the unprecedented fall canopies, the tree is vital to human existence. All of the tree’s character is available to showcase, its life recorded within. This is my opportunity to impart a continuing existence for the wood, its' history, and my visions.
In the creation of wood art, two main philosophies have emerged. One subscribes to guidance from the wood, letting it be an important design element. The other is determined in controlling the wood, drawing out of it what the artist wants. Although at times I walk the middle of the road drawing from both philosophies, I prefer to impart my visions onto the wood. This outlook combines with a creative force of many variables, some conscious and many unconscious. As I strive to understand a minute portion of the creative process, my thoughts, methods, skills, and work are pushed in unknown directions.
I have always enjoyed the creative process but did not fully act on it until 1997. The proverbial "can" was opened when a retired educator took the time to share his knowledge. The small projects made that day were the handle to an extremely large door of opportunity. I have journeyed quite a distance from those early days but there are still unlimited miles to go. I am extremely fortunate in my adventure, receiving guidance from many individuals along the way. I respectfully thank everyone through the complete development and devotion of my art.
Reduction art provides the rewarding challenge of realizing each form’s apex. The thrill is in removing material and how it affects the entire piece, sometime for the better, sometimes for the worse. As I journey into other mediums, glass being the main interest, seeing how the wood processes apply will be interesting. New techniques will be learned, possibly improving those related to wood. Being able to inspire others through these endeavors is one of the more gratifying art experiences. My ultimate goal provides an enjoyable and thought provoking sensory experience for each viewer.
Art keeps me balanced, creating it is who I am.
Sculpture is a necessary part of my life. My current choices of medium are wood and glass. I've dabbled some in metal and others, who knows where I'll end up or what I'll use. Throughout the pages of this website you'll find my affliction of wood. I started that journey almost 20 years ago thanks to a retired Ohio State Dentistry professor. With glass I've had a very strong interest in it for years, mainly introduced to it through acquaintances and the production of Dale Chihuly videos. That opened the door to a wide world of glass. At this point, my glass interest are within casting but remain open to hot glass. Both disciplines take a large amount of time but I intend to continue both.