My vision for this carving is to document the space age for the long term.
Beyond the local impact for people with physical access to the rock, this impression presents the work off-site where my artwork becomes a remotely accessible experience.
Here’s the Moose Rock with the Aspy Bay and Cape North in the background. My intention was to carve fish and fishermen, but my host argued that people there ate as much moose as fish, so I carved this moose.
Below, shows the carving painted for printing and a rice paper impression made from the carving.
Philosopher and author, Alva Noe, characterizes my work well:
” The very project, then, is a social experiment; the artist works with rock and carving, but he also works with this more immaterial material of delicate social relations and community. This is no less the stuff of his art.”
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This carving features a working cowboy, Morris Ware, from the community around the carving, Jerry Brown had invited some funeral directors out to Ingomar to stay at the Bunk n’ Biscuit, ride horses and push cows during the day, and hang out at the Jersey Lily at night. I tagged along one day while they pushed cows closer to the ranch for the fall roundup.
The best part of the day was lunch at the Newman’s ranch.
This carving was made for Bettina Hubby’s “Eagle Rock – Rock N Eagle Shop”. It was carved at the terminus of the a limestone quarry in New Hope, PA. The fissures in the rock made it a challenge, but the piece is sheltered and well protected.
All around the carving I made pictographs of concentric circles and emblems. The patron of the piece *did not like* the pictographs, but they are my favorite part of the piece, so we compromised and most remain.
After seeing my Fish Petroglyph at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, during ArtPrize 2014,this is a piece commissioned by the Community Development Foundation of St. Clair County in Port Huron, MI. The piece is along the Blue Water River Walk.
The St. Clair River as it pours out of the south end of Lake Huron is a unique color of cerulean blue, and the snorkeling around the barge dock next to the rock is some of the best ever: big cat fish, giant schools of minnows, musky, bass, big carp, and more. The community engagement facet of this piece was unique since it is intended to honor the history of the Native Americans and First Nations of the area.
In the Berkeley Petroglyph, I used triangles as compositional devices to unify the top and bottom of the frieze. The top panel was aerospace images and the lower frieze was a view of the Bay from the rock. This sailboat is the apex of the bottom triangle which is formed by three sailboats. This was a vintage racing boat. The purple rain color is residue from the printmaking process.
Sudeith’s fascination with petroglyphs began as a boy, canoeing in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota, which soon led to his discovery of “pictographs of moose and canoes and Xs” painted into the rocks along the lakes, all carefully recorded in a journal.
And while his petroglyphs today document relatively high-tech industries – oil frac’ing and agribusiness in North Dakota; sheep- and horse-ranching and elk-hunting in Colorado (and all the attendant vehicles) – his work ultimately suggests that more things change, the more they stay the same.
As I was leaving Salt Lake City last week, I received a voicemail from my host in Kenmare, ND. He said he liked one carving so well that he took his front end loader and moved it to his yard. He also said that the Kenmare News had run a story about me and my carvings.
One of Sudeith’s goals for the project is to tell the story of a particular family in a particular place, using images related to American technology. “It’s a way to honor ancestors and to illustrate the broader history of the area,” he said. “The people here were coming from Scandinavia and took up wheat farming, and then there have been all these technological changes in farming.”
To put it another way, by telling the specific story of a single family one can tell a broader story of America and the history of technology.