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Craig Wedderspoon

Downstairs Gallery: May 6 through July 27, 2015

Craig R. Wedderspoon, Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of Alabama, began his work in the tangible manipulation and composition of space and three-dimensional thought in 1985 in Miami, Florida, where he was trained as a glass and crystal carver. In 1988 Craig became the Vice-President of Architectural Art Glass, Inc. in Miami and worked extensively throughout the United States and Caribbean Islands specializing in large-scale design, construction, and installation of carved glass systems. From 1990-92 he was the owner and President of Cwozmar Creative Glass Design in Miami, until it was destroyed in August of 1992 by Hurricane Andrew.

Returning to school to study sculpture after Andrew, he completed his undergraduate studies at Florida International University receiving the degree of Bachelor of Fine Art in 1997, and then went on to complete his graduate studies earning the degree of Master of Fine Art in 1999 at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. Craig joined the University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History in the fall of 1999 where he teaches all levels of graduate and undergraduate sculpture and three-dimensional design. While at UA, he has received several research grants and awards for outstanding commitment to students and teaching. His work in the studio focuses on the examination of the intrigue of process and the potential of material to communicate thought in the expression of visual philosophy. As a sculptor, Craig specializes in metal and wood fabrication, and works in a variety of scales for both indoor and outdoor, permanent and temporary installations and exhibitions. Along with multiple solo and group exhibitions, Craig has completed many permanent outdoor commissions for sculpture throughout the United States.

Susan Berry painting

Artist Statement:

"I am in a constant search for the exposure to perspectives and attitudes both within and around me, developing questions and deriving a variety of visual solutions with which to attempt to answer those questions. In each solution, there exists an introduction to the approaches and perspectives I utilize in the composition of a personal visual aesthetic. This personal aesthetic is the means by which I process visual stimuli on a daily basis. These visual stimuli ignite tangible curiosities and define my formal choices while I immerse in the process of making. Through material choice and the control and manipulation of form, density, pattern, surface, and velocity of line, I am able to offer visual commentary towards the content of each of my works. Sculpture itself is visual philosophy existing in the context of three dimensions, constantly issuing aesthetic challenges towards interpretation, perspective, analysis, and approach. In essence, however, it all comes down to the work. Without work, we are without questions." —Craig Wedderspoon