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An online publicaton as well as an annual issue each January. Selected writings below will be featured.

Would you like to submit writings on sculpture, critique, essay or poetics? Would you like to submit a photo of your sculpture, large scale preferred.

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Russ Thayer -A Series of Submissions-

Joel Haas "How I became a sculptor"

Gilbert E Barrera The Lady Justice Sculpture Story

Ryan McCourt [No title submitted]

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Web Posted: 04/12/2006 12:00 AM CDT
Pasted from mySA.com & San Antonio Express-News Newspaper. On Sculptors Dominion

Fourth edition of sculpture show has 'think-big' attitude

(Photos by Tom Reel/Express-News) [photos not available from mySA.com]

{(photo) - 'Midnight Serenade' is a bronze work by Arizona artist Pokey Park.}

Sculptors Dominion
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 30
Address: Villa del Carmen, 11354 Vance-Jackson Road
Admission: $10
Parking: Available at Shirley Howsman Elementary School across the street
On the Web: www.sculptorsdominion.com

{(photo) - 'Stargazer,' a marble sculpture by Kelly Borsheim, is among the works on display at 'Sculptors Dominion.' Ben Woitena's 'Sword Dance' rises in the background.

Hector Saldaña
San Antonio Express-News

For self-taught sculptor and nonprofit art presenter Gilbert Barrera, size matters. And so does the quality of the fourth annual "Sculptors Dominion," which he calls "a celebration of 3-D."

"This year's show, more than the first three shows, is large-scale. Each year, the size of the pieces has increased," said Barrera, the son of prominent attorney Roy Barrera Sr. "It's very hard to do and requires a better sculptor to produce a larger piece."

More than 120 sculptures by about 60 artists, mostly from Texas and Mexico, have been installed on the 6-acre grounds of Villa del Carmen, the Barrera family residence on the North Side.

The show juxtaposes modern, abstract, contemporary, figurative, conceptual and classical pieces. Barrera, a bit of a rebel and outsider in the arts community, called it "the new aesthetic democracy of sculpture."

San Antonio Museum of Art director Marion Oettinger Jr. said big can be dramatic, but it better be good.

"Scale is one of the elements that impacts the senses," Oettinger said. "It always looks nice for us to have an occasional real large-scale piece because it kind of gives much more presence to the gallery. It's much more dramatic.
"But that's assuming quality is there. Because if it's a piece that doesn't have the inherent quality, then that's going to magnify the flaws."

Barrera — who stages the show through sheer force of will, and with the help of his father's deep pockets and generosity — believes in taking chances. He expects more than 1,000 people to visit Villa del Carmen during the show's run.

"The reason my show works so well is because I don't use the formula that everybody else uses, which is to be in one theme only, in one style only or one material only," he said. "This offers what America is all about. It offers you a choice of very high quality sculpture. This show is open, to let sculpture grow."

Barrera acknowledged that he is not a professional curator but defended his just-do-it approach. The criteria he uses are: recommendations from sculptors and curators, the artist's body of work and its artistic merit, an artist's reputation, his library of academic sculpture books and a work's impact.

San Francisco glass and metal sculptor Peter Mangan, 49, has two pieces in Barrera's show, which he calls "pretty inclusive." Museum shows often aren't, he said. His work is priced from $5,000 to $15,000.

"It's not just the big shots. He opens it to a wide range of sculptors," said Mangan, a New York-born artist who grew up in Texas and also has a residence in Blanco with his wife, Karen. "Gilbert's first show was all over the place, but with each year it's gotten more focused. And I think the quality of the work has improved.

Other sculptures at Villa del Carmen include Austin artist Bob Coffee's 'Indian Wrestlers.' The show was assembled by Gilbert Barrera with the help of his father, Roy Barrera Sr.

"What it shows is that there's a lively sculpture scene in this area. If this show wasn't happening, people wouldn't be aware of it. Also, I like the fact that his show might target audiences that aren't the typical select group that go to galleries and museums."

Legal action was taken last year against the nonprofit show, which has caused traffic jams, but Barrera now has zoning permits to proceed. His father resolved the legal complaint; he also pitches in by power-washing the walkways.

"I like to lend a hand," Roy Barrera Sr. said.

{(photo) - William Canning's metal 'Windsocks' float in front of trees on the grounds of Villa del Carmen.}

He said he has been puzzled by some of the massive sculptures but generally enjoys the show.

"It's an experience," he said. "It's money well-invested and has added a whole lot to the yard. Many people have come to recognize it as 'the sculpture garden.'"

Gilbert Barrera said he wants San Antonio to be among the cities that are known for art.

"You cannot do that with small-scale work," he said. "You've got to make your statement, make it large and show that you're here. Let the sculpture speak for itself. Its very dimension is what we're celebrating. Large-scale sculpture is what we're all about."

hsaldana@express-news.net

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