The Nouveau series finds its main inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement. From posters and print, to household decorative items, to architecture, the flow of lines are an enticing and seductive. Historically Art Nouveau artists and craftsmen drew inspiration from natural and geometric forms. Curvaceous lines often highlighted plants and flowers. This fits with another influence of Dave’s, the natural world around. He particularly enjoys the early photographic work of Karl Blossfeldt, illustrations of Ernst Haeckel, and other sources focused on the plants and nature.
Dave's designs start as simple line drawings, exaggerating and interpreting lines and flows. One of the more exciting parts of the process comes after the sculpture outline is translated to the medium. Although the general direction is thought out, characteristics in the wood drive changes as the rough sculpting takes place.
During the photography process of “Lost in Thought”, Dave made an unexpected observation. As each picture was taken from a different angle, it revealed a “sculpture” with in the sculpture. One particular picture immediately gave the abstract sensation of Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker” leading to its title. Starting from a sketchbook drawing, viewing finished sculptures from all different angles provides the proverbial icing on the cake.
"Lost in Thought" was the original start of this series. It was designed and sculpted for a 2010 SOFA exhibition call to artists. The work was not selected however it was included that same year with del Mano’s SOFA Chicago booth. Although Dave knew who Ray Leier and Jan Peters were, he was introduced to Ray through a mutual friend during AAW’s 2009 Symposium in Albuquerque. Ray knew of the piece and had him bring it, along with two others, to the loading docks at Navy Pier. He came back to the door, inspected the work, and proceeded to take it in. It literally came in through the back door. Jan didn’t like the idea but “Lost in Thought” sold to a wonderful couple.
Dave Bowers Studio
A Sculptural journey