Leaf Cutter Ant - Mixed Metals - 30 inches tall Atta mexicana; mixed metals,length of ant, 3 feet - $2,500, shipping extra. Atta mexicana cut foliage which they take home to feed the fungus that they raise underground as their own food source. Like bees, all ant workers are female.
5 inches tall
Welded Metals, 10 inches
4 feet long
Another View. This fish was stolen from this location at the 2015 Sawdust Art Festival. Keep an eye out for it!.
3 feet long
Silver Plate Spoons and Brass - 6 feet long. Wahoo are are the most pellmell and voracious of the mackerel tribe. They look a lot more like gigantic barracuda, and are the villains of many a fish story.
13', brass. Commissioned for Chart House Restaurant, Boston, Mass.
Brass 17 inches tall
Spoons and brass rod, 48" long. Using spoons as scales is a good, if obvious idea. It could turn into a stylistic ploy of the type which become La Brea Tar Pits, as it were, for so many artists who get into manufacturing ruts before they know it. Once a philosopher... This gambit will only carry so far, as to the types of fish which could support it. On the other hand, I DO have a ****load of spoons. Maybe a pangolin is in order - an articulated one.
"School of Barracuda"
Mixed metals, around 5' each. I think this batch was commissioned for the Baltimore Chart House.
4' long, somewhat larger than the actual fish, reputed to be of commercial importance in the North Atlantic. Never ate one, personally, but find them to be exceptionlly piscine altogether. Steve Karafides of Wahoo's Mexican Restaurants owns this one.
"Li'l Ol' Roosterfish" (Pez Gallo, en Español) Brass. Pretty nifty shapes in these guys. This one owned by Mike Atkins of Pez Gallo Pottery.
"Mahi-Mahi, or, Dorado, or, Dolphinfish", brass. These fish are tropical residents noted for their super coloration, which quickly fades after they are boated. This pair is in The Chart House at Kailua-Kona, HA.
This sculpture utilizes a commercial product, expanded metal, as a metaphor for a scaly surface, and is further fabricated from sheet brass, and brazing rod. The piece is 5' in length, and one of a group of eight commissioned for the Redondo Beach Chart House Restaurant.
Brass rod and sheet, 8' long. Openwork construction allows dramatic shadow effects with controlled lighting. Private residence, Providence, RI.
Brass, copper and steel. Piece is somewhat over 4' in length, and commissioned for the Chart House Restaurant, Jacksonville, FL. Buster Bean owns a similar piece.
Welded Steel 15 inches tall
"Bull and Bear"
8 inches tall
All Steel Ca: 3' long. Owned by Esther Gallant.
"The Man in the Cape"
Steel, an impression of the artist, Bob Brannaman. About 5' high. Stolen piece.
Steel and copper. 4/5 lifesize. She was a real lady, really named Star, an actual actress from Hollywood who came to the wilds of Mendocino County where I was holed up on a remote ranch. She stayed awhile, and modeled for me.
4/5 lifesize. All steel.
Mixed metals, 7' high. This piece was made in the aftermath of the JFK assassination, and during the vitriolic dissolution of my 1st marriage. The full story of "Medusa" is in my memoirs, and a fetching tale it is, too.
"Icarus and Daedelus"
"Icarus & Daedalus", 66" high, steel.
All steel. This was the signature piece for the Canessa show in November 1998, San Francisco.
The piece shown here is about 2' high. A life-size rendition of this theme is under construction. It is a metaphor for the identity of anybody who is trying to keep it together under impossible conditions.
This piece was shown in the Canessa Gallery Show, San Francisco.
"Hold Your Tongue"
"Having the Last Word"
"Having the Last Word"
Another View - 21 Inches Tall