Saturday, March 31, 2012

RON PEKAR, RENAISSANCE MAN…

……whose work is represented in more than 600 corporate, public, civic, museum, university & private collections WORLDWIDE!

This amazing sculptor, painter, designer & teacher has even done major projects listed under ‘Concept Design & Studio Production Experience’ on his website.  You will be astonished at the scope of this gifted artist’s work.

Have you ever wondered how major art installations in public places are conceived and developed?  Wonder no more.

I was privileged to receive a phone call from Ron Pekar to see his latest commission before it was to be delivered to the installation site the following day.

Just imagine how overcome I was to see two magnificent 16’ stainless steel olive trees, stately yet somehow warm and human.

O.K., back to the beginning.  Ron was commissioned to do a major installation for the 2nd floor garden terrace of the new Roy & Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA.

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In this video, Ron discusses how the concept of the trees came into being. Also, it’s fascinating to understand how the leaves were individually cut by a laser and then welded onto the trees.

Here we have more on the project and the presentation that was made to Barry Wolfman, CEO of the hospital along with the Art Committee to get final approval.

In the middle picture to the right you can see Ron on a ladder working on the branches.

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Ideas…..ideas….and more ideas…..Isn’t it fascinating to see the research and development of this wonderful project?

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Working on another commission.

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Traveler, supervises everything.  This is the original clay model for the bronze installed at USC last year. (Remember I blogged about that.) You can watch the fascinating video ‘The Bronzing of Traveler’ on Ron’s website listed below.

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Here’s the other tree with Traveler in the distance.  Sort of like a sentinel guard don’t you think?

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For more information:

www.ronpekar.com

www2.providence.org

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

awesome

Introduction

There is no avoiding the pull of the internet, the blogs, the YouTube imaginings. It's as if we're all 'On the Road' with Jack Kerouac each in our own world of meanderings. When we tell someone to 'get a life' it might be a bit difficult when you're dragged into other people's 24/7.

I've come to realize two foundational principals, there are no accidents and everyone has a purpose. More and more I'm desiring everyone to come into a full realization of their purpose as we all find our way on this little jewel of a planet.

For me, as a professional 'Western style artist', I stumbled into Chinese Brush Painting after a trip in 1980 to Monet's home/garden. Seeing all of his collection of Japanese woodblock prints was an ahh haa moment for me and when I returned to the States I started painting in the Chinese manner and never looked back. The first year was extremely painful for me as I felt that I should be able to master the technique since I was a 'trained' artist. Not a chance ... that just gets in your way.

Now, after teaching close to 3,000 students and having my book 'The Ch'i of the Brush' published by Watson Guptill, I can say that every one of my students does better their first day than I did my first year! Why? Because I insist that they leave their critical parent outside and just enjoy the journey, respecting the work that they do. I never let anyone throw anything away because that just ingrains frustration and defeat.

We really only begin to learn when we stop and figure out how to 'save' a painting. It works every time.I am so proud of my students, their receptivity and eagerness to express themselves is a continuing blessing for me.So, back to finding your purpose. Perhaps it starts with realizing 'it's not about me'. It so easy to want our needs met and to filter everything thru this attitude. When we realize that we're here to be of benefit to every life that we touch the universe really provides the ways and means.

The best part is that it's really exciting to not have yourself on your mind all the time!I'm re-reading a wonderful book about authenticity and in my next meandering I'll tell you about it. In the meantime I'd love to hear about your journey and am here to answer any and all questions about Chinese Brush Painting.