Sculptor Neil Lawley will present his work in the Harry Krug Gallery of Pittsburg State University August 25 through December 4, 2014. Lawley will present a public lecture Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 2:00pm with a reception to follow. Lawley’s use of reclaimed lumber and other construction materials aims to evoke the interrelated nature of all things, machined and natural, falling into similarities to Biology, succulent plants, anatomy, molecules, and cloud formations.
Lawley gives his viewer a visible sense of the connections made within the mind. Creating curved shapes from the rigid materials, Lawley acknowledges the contradictions of forms and materials. The use of reclaimed materials is purposeful on two levels: one to imbue the work with a sense of history, and two to preserve the environment at hand, by not participating in destructive consumer models.
By constructing a skeletal structure with smooth connections, Lawley exposes the making process and integration of the forms. Each intersection captures a moment of decision-making as the process is often free-form, with only a general concept and materials at hand.
Lawley received both his BFA Studio Art, with an emphasis in Ceramics and his BGS in Engineering from The University of Texas at Tyler, and his MFA in Studio Art from Southern Methodist University. Currently Lawley is an Assistant Professor of Art at Missouri Western State University, teaching classes in 3-D design, sculpture, electronics, and digital fabrication.
Gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday.