Four Corners Arts Center 24th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Park Closing Today!

 

Joseph Wheelwright (1948 – 2016)

“What is art? It’s the elevation of the human spirit and joy of the aesthetic.”

(Joseph Wheelwright – 2014, Boston Globe)

“In a post-modernist art world filled with cynical artifice and easy contrivance, Joe Wheelwright’s sculpture initially offers an obvious contrast: you can’t but marvel at the sheer physical effort involved in the making of each piece. Working in obdurate materials––stone, wood, bone, metal––Joe invariably, miraculously,  makes them sing, in sometimes profoundly resonant ways and also in ways beguilingly whimsical. Certainly this speaks to his technical mastery and vast set of skills. It also underscores an aesthetic vision that strikes such an exquisite chord, his unique and original figures inflected deeply with elements from Mother Nature and the art of the past. How marvelous it is to encounter this sculpture, as if discovering the work of some new, ancient civilization.”

(Walter Horak, Sculptor – Little Compton, May 9, 2017)

Joe Wheelwright graduated from Yale University with a BA in 1970.  He earned his Masters in Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 1975.  During his long career, Joe was a master carver of stones, trees, bones and other natural materials “…twig renditions of trees were succeeded by actual trees, and small stones ballooned into granite boulders that stretched five feet across…”*

Joe was instrumental in the founding of two important arts initiatives in 1992, the Boston Sculptors Gallery and in May of 2001 joined three partners in the transformation of Daloz Cleaners in the now Humphreys Street Studios in Dorchester. Joe was a participant in Four Corners first outdoor sculpture exhibit in 1993.

The exhibit runs June 1st – October 8th and is generously sponsored by:

The Cottage at Four Corners and with support from Steel Giraffe Rigging & Crane of Portsmouth, RI.