"Lost in Thought" was the original piece that started this series. It was designed and sculpted in response for a call to artist, the exhibition set for SOFA Chicago 2010. The work was not selected for the show however it was included the 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.
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 Nouveau artists and craftsmen drew inspiration from natural and geometric forms. Another influence of Dave’s, the natural world, fits right into this. He particularly enjoys the early photographic work of Karl Blossfeldt, illustrations of Ernst Haeckel, and other sources focused on the natural environment.
Exaggerating flows and lines, most designs start as simple line drawings within the pages of Dave’s sketch books. 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. Each picture was taken from a different angle revealing 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 drawing in a sketchbook, viewing finished sculptures from all different angles provides the proverbial icing on the cake.
Dave Bowers Studio
A Sculptural journey