U.S. based artist Spar Street’s striking sculptural work focuses on how living and working environments can be transformed “into vibrant, meaningful spaces: spaces full of the power to ignite passion and help us lead lives centered (on) the vision we hold for our common future.” For many years he has primarily worked in stainless steel and bronze to create vibrant, smooth, anthropomorphic sculptures reminiscent of the works of Constantin Brancusi, Donald Judd, and Carl Andre to symbolize humanity’s quest for meaning, self-discovery, and connection.
Commenting on making art, Street says “Creating sculpture is a sensual, visceral, as well as visual process for me. Much of the work is done with my eyes closed—breathing deeply, quieting everything inside me until I am listening with my heart and my hands to the lines and surfaces, and what I describe as the ‘calling’ or ‘soul’ of the artwork.”
Exalted Giving, a six foot sculpture, portrays the quest for human interactivity and enlightenment through the use of curvilinear open spheres that are interconnected at the base, perhaps used as a metaphor for ‘birth’ or ‘coming from the earth’ thus yielding, in a sense, individual personas which through meaningful constructive interactivity, culminates in a ‘crystallization’ of being, represented by the curved oval shape at the top.
The Eternal Flame, standing six and a half feet tall, employs a more solid, yet transparent rendition of a flame that appears to be burning brightly. The notion of volume and energy is expertly portrayed through manipulating the curvaceous nature of a flame via swirling movement that again culminates at the top. Deep illuminated patina is used to communicate the ‘warming’ or ‘hot’ attributes of the flame or the ‘life force’ from within.
Both pieces demonstrate the mastery Street possesses to use sculpture as a metaphor for the ongoing quest for human meaning and existence. Interconnectedness is demonstrated through balancing shape, size, color, and texture that exudes a sense of ‘lightness’ in the work that makes it approachable, yet thought-provoking.
Through close examination of the figurative or abstracted form in these works, the audience is allowed to explore their inner being. Street gives the viewer the freedom to develop their own narrative with the hope of achieving self-actualization through observation and reflection.
Herman J. Milligan, Jr., Ph.D
Advisor to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C.; Contributor to Forecast Public Art Magazine; on the Development Board for Public Art Review; on the Boards of Directors/ Advisory Boards for Artspace Projects, Inc.; IFP Center for Media Arts; Juxtaposition Arts (Minneapolis, MN); Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN); SOO Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN).