Think of art is as the beginning of a conversation between artist and viewer, where artwork is a visual "hello". Viewers engage in that conversation by responding to the piece or to other viewers, often igniting other sparks of inspiration. We talk with the artists behind the art to learn more.
Jonathan Bowling, an artist from Greenville, North Carolina, knows how to craft a masterpiece out of various found objects. His piece, Colorful, a beautiful horse that was in front of the Arts Council during the first Work in Progress Exhibition, became a favorite of many. Animals seem to be a specialty of Bowling and Work in Progress II was fortunate enough to include some new animal friends.
Unicorn can be found in front of the Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum (325 Franklin St.). Constructed out of various types of repurposed steel, one can make a game out of picking out the tools and materials used to make “once ugly donkey” take on a new life.
A piece, or shall we say series of pieces became an immediate favorite in front of the Wine Café (106 Hay St.) While Dogs doesn’t have a detailed backstory, like his horses, they are items that Bowling has crafted for over a decade.
Not all of his pieces are four-legged, which can be seen with the piece Flowers. With all of the animal inspiration, how did this come about? Well, pretty simply. In Bowling’s words “It just sort of occurred because of that lovely - I found that cylinder that looks like a vase and that sort of brought that into being.”
Ready to see these pieces for yourself?
Are you curious about the pieces included in the inaugural run of the "Work in Progress" exhibition? Click here for a map of all 11 pieces.