Watch It Wednesday
78th St. Studios
September 5th, 2018
PATS -Perceiving Art Through Sculpture- is me, Leslie Edwards Humez, one Cleveland sculptor working in collaboration with many illustrators to take a wide variety of contemporary art off-the-wall, re-create its likeness in 3D, and literally put what couldn't formerly be touched, into the hands of the blind for the first time. I'm bringing together painting, sculpture and technology to deliver contemporary artists' ideas to the blind in a gallery experience that presents both visual and touchable tactile representations of works on paper.
Since April I've sculpted the work of local favorites George Kocar, Angela Oster and Derek Hess. (On the table are some examples.) September is International Artist Month for PATS. For September, I'm finishing up 4 small, colorful pieces from artist/gallerist/teacher/entrepreneur Higo Gabaronne, whose roots are in Puebla, Mexico and who now calls Cleveland home. Also being painted today is a cat chef, one of the humorous one-eyed characters of Venice, Italy's renowned painter, Franco Anselmi.
On deck next. coming in Comic Book October, is the an incredible trio of cartoonists and illustrators. It'll be a month that tests my attention span...will I manage to finish two difficult pieces? Look for Blues Bird, a sculpture from a comic book of the team Ron Hill and Gary Dumm. And (Meow again, cat fans!) every Clevelander's most loved, flop-eared FB cat, Bubba, will make an appearance out of the pages of his personal comic book created by Bubba's own home team, Gary & Laura Dumm.
The material I use is a proprietary mix of porcelain and cellulose which lends strength to the dried clay body. Each sculpture is finished in high quality acrylics, sealed and mounted. From start to finish I may complete from 1 to 4 sculptures each month depending on their complexity. Work in process here today will be exhibited side-by-side with the illustrations they were taken from, and can be seen on Third Friday at Gallery Plus in #109 at 78th St. Studios.
Please show your support for PATS and the many generous collaborating artists who are making contemporar art for the blind possible by visiting and liking us on FB and stopping in to see the finished work at Gallery Plus.
If you know a sculptor who would enjoy working under the PATS umbrella, contact me!
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