Sculptor Kevin Caron embraces different technologies and techniques in creating his striking sculptures. Visit his website to see more of his fascinating art.
My artwork is the physical expression of my boundless curiosity. When I create, I turn off my conscious mind and communicate directly through my hands in a language without words.
It may be spoken in metal—the medium most people associate me with—but I also work in 3D printed resin. Some of my work is monumental, while other sculptures are small enough to hold in your hand. They appear in brilliant colors and in earthy rust, are whimsical and inspiring.
Although I have no formal art training, I spent many years absorbing the beauty of strong line while riding my motorcycle and driving an 18-wheel truck, which was my previous profession before becoming a full-time artist. I have also been deeply influenced by the many tools I’ve used over the years during my time in the Navy repairing ground support equipment and as a foreign car mechanic, leading some people to call my work “post industrial.”
Tools continue to impact my artwork not only aesthetically by influencing its proportion, but also by being an integral part of creation. I use equipment and techniques from every industry and practice I have known as well as embrace technology and techniques that speak to me, whether it’s a coal-fired forge, which I taught myself to use from a two hundred year old book, or the eight foot tall 3D printer I had built.
I often design using CAD (Computer Aided Design) software for creating in both metal and 3D printed resin. Creation itself is fueled by the thrill of the chase—can I make what I conceive, no matter how impossible it may seem?
With metal and resin, I’ve worked in a variety of finishes, including oxidization, patinas, paint, powder-coat and nickel plating. I am always simply seeking the look that makes my heart sing.
Despite the aesthetic influence of equipment, most of my work is flowing, regardless whether it is made from what appears to be intransigent metal, and often apparently defies the laws of nature.
At first my sculptures may appear simplistic. The more you look at them; however, subtle complexities become apparent. Their scale, too, is sometimes nebulous—is a sculpture something molecular that has been magnified, or a giant form, such as the universe, reduced?
Science has a strong gravitational pull on my work. I like geometric forms because they’re so simple, yet so complex. They are organic and seem timeless, ancient and fundamental. Also, looking at them makes me happy.
Although I do create kinetic sculptures, many of my artworks have implied movement despite their stillness. Sound, too, moves me, so I have created many sound and water sculptures, delighting in tapping into other senses in subtle and often unexpected ways.