JANUARY: A CONSTANT GATE
black and red slates, glass, Quebec garnets, rose quartz, aluminum leaf
18½"x 22"x 2"
FEBRUARY: AS ICEBERGS FLOAT BY
green slate, alabaster, sterling silver,
21"x 16"x 2½"
MARCH: RESUMPTIONS ANNOUNCED
green slate, glass, foliated talc, jade,
bloodstone, Champlain marble, copper
35½"x 12½"x 2½"
APRIL: FLOWERS IN FIELD FOREVER
red slate, painted glass, sterling silver,
industrial diamonds, boulder opal
15½"x 15½"x 2”
MAY: FOR LOVE ALIGHT
green slate, glass, jade, Belgian marble, bloodstone, emerald, aquamarine,
chrysophase, aluminum, brass, illumination
16¼"x 19¼"x 3"
JUNE: HAYFIELDS OF KAMOURASKA
red slate, painted glass, brass moonstones, aquatic pearls
15½"x 15½"x 2”
JULY: PRIDE BEFORE FALL
red, green, and black slates, glass, carnelian
35¼'x 13"x 2"
AUGUST: HOT, HOT, HOT PARCHED LAKE BED
red slate, Indiana limestone, brass, peridot, sardonyx
18"x 18"x 3”
OCTOBER: WE PLOW THE FIELDS AND SCATTER...
green and red slate, pink marble, tourmalines, jasper
18½"x 18½"x 3”
SEPTEMBER: SKIES OF BLUE (LUCIDITY)
black slate, glass, lapis lazuli, stoneware
15¼"x 19½"x 2¼"
NOVEMBER: AFIRE FROM DREAMS
black slate, glass, Persian travertine, Italian marble, topaz
27½"x 13¾"x 3"
DECEMBER: ENFIN, LA NEIGE ARRIVE, AT LAST THE SNOW IS HERE
slate, painted glass, brass, lapis lazuli, turquoises
22"x 17"x 3”
A collaborative sculpture exhibit by two stonecarvers
Jeff (Guv) Watson (living and working in Montréal, Canada)
Don Dougan (living and working in Atlanta, Georgia
March 26 — April 13, 2012
Reception to meet the artists:
Wednesday, March 28 6-8pm
Fine Arts Gallery
Georgia Perimeter College
555 N. Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021
Seasons in Stone – A trans-border collaboration
This work began three years ago as an email proposal from Don to engage in a collaborative venture. The sculptors “met” through an electronic forum “Stone Conversations” and decided that they would attempt to meld their specific aesthetics with a new look at the seasons. They began by deciding that the two basic elements of their sculptures would be slate as the base stone material and glass lenses from theatre lighting. Any other elements that might be added would be mutually agreed upon.
They each worked in their respective studios on six works representing different months of the year. Because of the expense involved in cross border transportation, they intervened in each other’s work using email photographic attachments and Skype video conversations only when they were ready for collaborative input. These interventions included Photoshop manipulations to illustrate the changes desired, and mailing specific elements to be included in the other’s work. The result is what you see on the walls of the gallery.
Clearly, their styles are quite different even though their aesthetics are rather similar. Jeff’s pieces suggest planetary movement and seasonal change through the circular forms at the extremity of each work. Don’s major intervention on Jeff’s works was to change the perimeters of the slate forms and to introduce design elements that mimicked or echoed those elements in Jeff’s initial version. Don’s works indicate subtle changes through spatial elements, texture and color. Jeff’s major intervention was to introduce birthstone elements for each work to indicate the month.
Born and educated in England, Jeff emigrated to Canada in 1966 where he pursued a career in ecological research and science publishing. He studied jewelry and sculpting in his spare time and became a full time professional stone sculptor in 2006 when he moved to Montréal. He now lives and works almost entirely in French. He has a home studio for finishing his works and shares studio space as member of a Montréal collective for the dusty work.
Don is originally from the Pacific Northwest, but he has lived and worked in the Atlanta area since 1967. Don first began working stone in high school, when his art teacher gave him a chunk of Georgia soapstone in which to develop his skill. Though Don subsequently attended art school, stone carving was not a part of the curriculum so his carving and stone-working techniques were autodidactic or self-taught. After school studies were completed Don moved into a small detached studio by his home so as to keep the dust localized while he continued to study the potential in the material. He still works in the same small studio, though he has traveled and taught stone carving and sculpture in both Italy and Finland, as well as in universities and schools around the Atlanta area.
Don became interested in the potential advantages of collaborating as a child when playing the old Surrealist drawing game The Exquisite Corpse with his family and friends, but it wasn't until the millennium when he first began collaborating with other artists and sculptors while teaching a workshop in 2000. In the years since he has collaborated with a number of artists, though this collaboration of the Seasons in Stone is one of the lengthiest and most complex.*
The collaborative venture allows the artist to respond to not only the vagaries of the material (natural stone), but also to work within the often unexpected perceptions and specific actions of the other mind and hands which are working the material. For two artists or sculptors who both approach their work intuitively the collaboration can be both a challenging and invigorating experience.
Jeff Watson & Don Dougan
*One of the other collaborative ventures Don is been part-of is the Imagillaboration project involving over a hundred sculptors located across twenty-six states in the US. Don was one of the members of Group Seven. Imagillaboration.org
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