Gerard Basil Stripling | POTENTIAL
24" tall x 18" wide x 1 1/2" deep | bronze casting 1 of 1
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ABOUT THE WORK
"Potential" speaks to that 'one idea' or 'thought' that can be manifested into a much bigger idea. The airplane is seemingly trapped, which speaks to its potential to grow into something much larger and dynamic. It's a reminder of how important creativity and innovation are in all aspects of life. The empty squares are intended to be a visual and physical repository for the viewer to consider their dreams or thoughts which may or may not have been acted upon. In a society where groupthink seems to be more the norm than anything it's all the more important for one to have the direct intention to think creatively and expansively.
ABOUT GERARD BASIL STRIPLING
Gerard Basil Stripling is a sculptor and fabricator specializing in making dreams come into reality, focusing on contrasting textures and high-flying ideas. Starting his creative life as a costume designer for the music industry, Basil traveled the world, collecting experiences that would eventually seep into the dreamscapes he would begin creating in bronze, stone, and wood. He has become a master at casting and carving in a continued effort to master the images in the head.
A resident of Laguna Beach, Basil splits his time between the studio and supporting several community projects. He has received several awards for his work and has been commissioned for several public works in the Southern California area and private projects. American Style Magazine listed Basil as one of the artists to watch in 2008. They were not wrong.
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