May 3, 2018 – June 16, 2018 all-day
Black Earth Gallery
1010 3rd St SE suite 2
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Black Earth Gallery

Wood and Clay. Clay and Wood.

Rhythm, Balance, Movement

These are not your ordinary sculptures.

John Schwartzkopf

I have always thought of myself as a woodworker building sculptural forms, about half of which are primarily decorative, the other half functional furniture. While I respect traditional designs and use many traditional techniques, I am not interested in building reproductions. My usual approach is to design and build ‘on the fly’, trusting my intuition and using the materials on hand in my shop. My goal is to keep my work looking fresh and less ‘over-worked’. The designs show a certain balance and proportion and usually place structure at the forefront rather than hiding it.

I am intrigued with the play of light – how light can highlight a surface or slip through an opening, yet disappear when the piece is viewed from another line. I also find myself drawn by the materials used, allowing them to dictate the direction I move. I can deconstruct the frame of a table and allow the top to float – looking as if it were held down rather than held up.

My furniture designs have always pushed craft past the purely functional into a more liberated aesthetic. The purely sculptural forms move even further in this direction. If all I do is create something that piques one’s interest, causes someone to stop and appreciate the materials used and how they fit together, and to share the enjoyment I had in building it, then I feel I have succeeded.


Annick Ibsen

I am a sculptor in clay and a painter. I was born in Paris and moved to Des Moines 14 years ago, prior to which I experienced a breadth of cultures living in Libya, Indonesia, Hong Kong, London and India. My neo-cubist sculptures displace the viewer’s expectations to unveil the actual. In my search for realism, I also establish connections between figurative and sculptural art forms with mixed media paintings that explore negative space.

Perhaps sculpture is not the form that fills space, but how the form opens space in relationship to it, including in the mind of the viewer.