TRAVERSE CITY FALL ART WALK
SEPTEMBER 7th, 5 – 9PM
MICHIGAN ARTISTS GALLERY PRESENTS:
Featuring Steve Wirtz’s humorous wire and laminated paper sculptures
Runs through September 30, 2018
Upper peninsula artist Steve Wirtz is at it again with his wire and laminated paper sculptures. This exhibit features compositions of action and foolish drama. Anthropomorphism, exaggerated characteristics and impressionist-like color schemes are all on display for this opening.
Wirtz discovered art at a very early age and never recovered. His laminated paper pieces are built over wire armatures. He then glues on paper in various thickness to build up the forms. Several different types of paper can find its way into a Wirtz sculpture, as Steve uses his junk mail, catalogs, and even phone books in creating his art. Many are finished with acrylic paints, but some pieces sport mosaic-like magazine images pasted as the final layer with clear coat finish. Wirtz enjoys making humorous-themed works that often involve both animals and humans.
Congratulations to Steve for winning the popular vote from Michigan Artists Gallery’s spring exhibit “Art in the Peaceable Kingdom.” Over 1000 votes were tallied and Steve’s “Sociable Kingdom” was the winning work!