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Industrial Abstraction

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Now showing at Grandview Mercantile & ReVue:
"Industrial Abstraction"
The early works of Columbus artist, Chris Mohler, featuring 11 metal sculptures made using found objects.

A few examples:

"One Quarter Turn" 7-Ft. Tall Industrial Steel Sculpture
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"Horton Hears a What?" 6-Ft. Tall Industrial Steel Sculpture
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Original Abstract Chalk Portraits on Archival Paper
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Artist Statement:
"The notion that one must study realism before practicing abstraction is classical thought. With years of art school and university realist training, I embarked as a professional sculptor on a 31-year journey in abstraction. In 2014, I returned to realism. Here today are works form my personal collection of abstraction.

"A move to the abandoned Jaeger factory in 1988 brought a new direction in my work. The overwhelming abundance of old industrial steel offered piles, literally tons and tons, of parts and pieces to pick from and build with. Spontaneity and gesture soared as parts were eyed, molded, placed, and welded into compositions.

"Cresting a hill on Saturday morning drives into the city as a child was met with the orange sky of the valley below and a behemoth steel mill. Steel coursed the air, filling my body and soul, imprinting, and demanding a life dedicated to its manipulation. Never short of drama with a writer/actress parent, my career in the arts started as an apprentice, then journeyman, in stage set design and construction prior to university sculpture scholarships and art school. Large abandoned warehouses brought me here and a subsequent huge inventory of sculpture kept me here. With the inventory presently just a dozen or so pieces in my personal collection, what keeps me here now is the new work, the realism, and how the enrichment of others can grow with this new vision upon the foundation built over 31 years."