The Prayer Machines are growing and expanding. Not only in size, weight and dimension but in my imagination and spirit as well.
People have told me it typically takes five years for an idea to become a venture that is viable. Since arriving back in Canada in July 2011, concluding our three year sojourn in Europe, with my little twisted bits of wire stuck in wooden blocks they have grown into expressive, complex, moving creations that are gaining traction in the public sphere. We are now entering our fifth year and I am full of anticipation with how this coming year will shape up. Good things have been happening up till now. Since 2012 I’ve have shown the Prayer Machines in Toronto, Buffalo, Miami, New York City, and Vienna, Austria. Won the Best of Sculpture award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and have been listed as one of “40 artists to watch” in this summer’s issue of the American magazine Art Business News. This fall I will be showing at Art San Diego in November and then again at Spectrum Miami during the international art fair Art Week Miami in December. I am grateful for the success we’ve had so far and look forward to what lies ahead.
Entering this pivotal fifth year Lynn and I are concentrating on better streamlining our business practise and focusing on innovate creation with the art. Lynn is now working full-time as studio manager looking after the logistics of getting to shows, working through the myriad of paperwork especially for the international shows, coordinating our social media presence and dealing with gallery requests, commissions, correspondence and sales. I am continuing to delve into the creative process as I generate new pieces each day and explore the roots of these Prayer Machines in my past and present life. I am finding so much of who I am emerging through these pieces and each day seems like I’m uncovering some new fragment from my formative past. I believe the mature phase of my art is finally emerging. It seems everything I’ve ever done in art, up till now, whether as a child, a student or since I began pursuing art full-time twenty-eight years ago has finally blended into an expression that is uniquely my own true voice.
I hope this blog that we are initiating will keep you abreast of developments in my work, give you insights into my creative process and introduce you to the newest work I am creating. I may even post pictures of past work that I think has bearing on what I am doing now. I hope you will join Lynn and I on this journey as we take the Prayer Machines to the world.