Joe Shea’s Delicate Found-Object Sculptures

This Saturday, Portland will see the opening of a new body of sculptural work from Joe Shea at Springbox Gallery. With a spacious room at his disposal, Joe will be showing large sculptural works and an installation. Working with found objects, wood, clay and, as he puts it, “lost cultural icons,” Joe crafts etheral figures. New life is brought into these objects that some may regard as unusable or trash to some. Castoffs. To Joe they are precious things, already imbued with spirit from past existence. His figures seem anonymous, each one a moment in time, captured. There is a delicate quality inherent — the feeling that a slight whisp of wind, a whisper, could return these individuals to the base elements they are meticulously created from. Golems of the mind… Read more after the jump!