KARSTEN OAKS

Deep Purple/Green
Deep Purple/Green
13.75"h x 19"w x 16"d Carved and colored optic crystal
Deep Purple/Green-Alternateview
Deep Purple/Green-Alternateview
Turquoise/Gold
Turquoise/Gold
13"h x 11.25"w x 9.5"d Carved and colored optic crystal
Turquoise/Gold-alternateview
Turquoise/Gold-alternateview
Recoiled Arc
Recoiled Arc
16"h x 14"w x 15"d
Recoiled Arc, alt view
Recoiled Arc, alt view
Recoiled Arc, alt view 2
Recoiled Arc, alt view 2
Magenta Gold
Magenta Gold
SOLD
Magenta Gold, view 3
Magenta Gold, view 3
SOLD
Red Red
Red Red
16"t x 16"w x 14"d
Red Red, view 2
Red Red, view 2
16"t x 16"w x 14"d
Red Red, view 3
Red Red, view 3
16"t x 16"w x 14"d
Crescent View, alt view
Crescent View, alt view
Crescent
Crescent
16"h x 8"w x 16"d

As an artist, I’m not inspired by one solitary concept or action.  Instead, I have several major influences which lend different aspects to my aesthetic.  When I start a piece I think abstractly about fluid mechanics and creating a negative space within the form to give a sense of movement to the sculpture.  The process of construction itself then inspires me.  I begin with blocks that are cut to approximate the overall shape then sand them white so that the form can be the sole focus.  Using different shapes in the sculpture while staying consistent with the proportions, I strive to create a sense of harmony within what was originally a disorganized form.  In after all of the major reductive cuts have been made I leave some of the design to be laid out when the rest of the piece is almost complete.  I feel that this mild sense of chaos though out the works creation gives each piece it’s personality and character once finished.  The, after the glass is completely polished and I’ve had a chance to live with it, I use color to create a sense of contrast or transition.  This is meant to tie together, or introduce distinction and is the final extension of the form serving to draw the viewer into the piece, engage them and inspire exploration.