Expanding Dialog: Notes from Frank Morbillo
Posted on January 13, 2015
Each of Frank Morbillo’s sculptures takes many hours—and hundreds of miles—to create. The Tesuque artist’s creative process begins far from his studio, on long hikes through the canyon lands of the American West. Over the past few months, Morbillo has sent us images and notes as one artwork takes shape. Watch as lines from nature find their way into his fabricated steel composition ‘Expanding Dialog’. Eventually, human concepts begin to influence the artist, and physical geography becomes a metaphor for our political landscape. From Morbillo’s notebook:
In the image below the 120-foot-tall canyon wall, with its shape and layers, is the kind of feature that has influenced this most recent sculpture. The dark streaks on the canyon wall show the path water has taken over the years, is in contrast to lighter areas that have been influenced more by oxidation and erosion from wind and sand. Capturing the sense of scale of both space and time that one feels in the canyons is a challenge. How long did it take to form the canyon? What changes has it gone through and will go through before it’s reduced back to sand?
Images of “Expanding Dialog”, steel, 73″ tall:
The patina is underway on ‘Expanding Dialog’ as shown in these images. The final finish will be similar to the ‘Trilogy’ sculpture outside the gallery.
This shows the sculpture wet after chemical application:
This shows the chemicals starting to dry with patina developing:
The images below show the sculpture dry with the patina starting to develop. It will take multiple applications to produce the required patina finish for this sculpture.
Putting the finishing touches on this sculpture! Sprayed patina, oil patina and drying:
Just moved this outside:
So how do I come up with a title like ‘Expanding Dialog’?
Many of us [are voters], supporting the candidates, policies and government that speak to our concerns. This ongoing process of incremental changes generates dialog that will influence our future and shape the political landscape for years to come. Similarly, small changes over broad expanses of time create layers of rock that make up a canyon wall, layers that support each other, forming a dialog that will influence how water, wind and sand might shape them over time. The accumulations of small events over time shape and create these varied landscapes, human or geologic.
Mostly ‘Expanding Dialog’ is a positive view on the political process. With greater dialog the hope is that our elected officials will interact with one another reaching the best possible solutions in a world that seems to grow more and more divided.
Now on to the next one.
Learn more about Frank Morbillo and his art in our previous blog posts, Sculptor’s Process, Shooting Sparks and New Horizons. Also, make sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more gallery news.