Stephen Klema

Sculpture and Installation Art

Hobbes’ Claw—Unsheathed 4, 2016

About the Artwork

Hobbes’ Claw—Unsheathed 4 is one in a series of sculptures using the shape
of a circular saw blade as a starting point and source of investigation.
Using repeating geometric shapes, each sculpture in the series creates an
interpretation of the saw blades’ rotation and mechanical movement.
The series investigates the confluence of mechanical processes, organic
forms and natural materials, and reflects the dichotomy of destruction and
creation.

The piece is assembled from interlocking geometric wood shapes laminated
to an interior structure of plywood and dimensional lumber using
construction adhesive and stainless steel fasteners, overlaid on a metal
field. Gears are metal, plastic and painted wood. The piece rests on a
stained cedar base.The wood-tone visual elements are stained, and finished with several coats
of marine varnish for durability. Painted elements are finished with
exterior grade paint” –Stephen Klema

About the Artist

“My current work consists of large-scale sculpture fabricated using
overlapping and interlocking stained and painted wood elements.
The underlying focus of my visual investigation is the creation of works
based on graphic interpretation — visual reduction of a complex form into
many simpler, more definable shapes which when combined yield a coherent
figurative form that straddles abstraction and figurative interpretation.

I make objects — stylized forms — a leaf, a raindrop, a tool — whose
visual end is influenced by planning, play, serendipity, and the
reciprocal relationship between technical barriers and their solutions.
Fundamental to how I work is the labor of MAKING — a process which I hold
dear and is expressed in my focus on detail and craft.

I have been working on pieces in three primary design explorations — the
saw blade designs consisting of the “Woods Revenge” series and the
“Hobbes’ Claw” series, the house designs in the “Rybee House” series, and
the “Pandora’s Box” series.

The “Woods Revenge” and the “Hobbes’ Claw” series investigate the
confluence of mechanical processes, organic forms and natural materials,
and reflects the dichotomy of destruction and creation. Some blades are
interpreted using intertwining and interlocking shapes of tree branches
and roots, while others incorporate repeating geometric shapes to mimic
the repetitive motions of saw blade rotation and mechanical movement.”