Jeff Owen

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art is about life. My sculptures are a combination of the past and present.

I have a deep affinity toward the materials I work with, a sense of emotion for what the material was originally used for and now what it will become in my hands. These thoughts direct me on my path as I work. My sculptures emerge with patterns. I take one piece of steel, add to it, delete from it, add to it. I am constantly discovering. When a sculpture contains all of my creative energies, I am done.

My technique is brute force, decide-at-the-moment. The interesting shapes and textures of metal; the patterns and grains; all entice me. I am fascinated with form. My aspiration is to make sculpture that is completely unique, to resist conformity and mass production.

My art is as individual as I am.

TECHNIQUE and PROCESS

I use metal that I find throughout the western US from metal scrap yards. I also find interesting pieces of metal along the highways and byways. Each piece of metal I collect may spend years in my studio, on a shelf or in a pile, until I “rediscover” it while searching for just the right piece for the next sculpture.

I am a “direct metal” welder. I use a wire-feed welder and plasma cutter to cut and weld the pieces of metal together into the forms I desire. I work continuously on each piece until I decide it is finished. It may take me only hours or many days to finish a sculpture. Once a piece is finished, I often immediately name it, usually the first name ... view more »

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Statement of Work

Artist Statement:

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art is about life. My sculptures are a combination of the past and present.

I have a deep affinity toward the materials I work with, a sense of emotion for what the material was originally used for and now what it will become in my hands. These thoughts direct me on my path as I work. My sculptures emerge with patterns. I take one piece of steel, add to it, delete from it, add to it. I am constantly discovering. When a sculpture contains all of my creative energies, I am done.

My technique is brute force, decide-at-the-moment. The interesting shapes and textures of metal; the patterns and grains; all entice me. I am fascinated with form. My aspiration is to make sculpture that is completely unique, to resist conformity and mass production.

My art is as individual as I am.

Gallery Representation

Gallery Representation (max 500 words):

m.k. contemporary art

The gallery concept was founded in Capitola Village in August of 2019 with the name, Curated [by the Sea]. During the strange and chaotic summer of 2020, we regrouped and relocated to a large, 4600 sq. ft. empty storefront located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz.

We have spent the years transforming the space into a bright, spacious art gallery and recently rebranded as M.K. Contemporary Art.

We now showcase the work of 40+ local and regional artists. In addition, we exhibit a rotating series of themed shows and special events.

We are becoming known for our quirky, eclectic, yet elegant collection of contemporary art inspired by the unique natural beauty and creative culture that is Santa Cruz.

PHOTOS

  • Gallery 1 - Jeff Owen
  • Gallery 2 - Jeff Owen
  • Gallery 3 - Jeff Owen
  • Gallery 4 - Jeff Owen
  • Gallery 5 - Jeff Owen
  • Emerging Man

VIDEOS

  • Jeff Owen - Sculptor Introduction

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