Artist of the Day / Ted Freeman / Lawrence, Kansas

I know–birdhouses?!  I somehow happened onto Ted’s work, and was taken by the wonderful wooden and metal sculptures he creates. ‘Arts and Crafts/Craftsman’,  ‘Rustic’, ‘Art Deco’, ‘Japanese’ styles, among others.

All the wood and metal is found on farms near his home in Kansas.  “This is a functional and ornithologically correct birdhouse whose interior space and portal size are designed to serve bluebirds, tree swallows and flycatchers (it might also attract hairy woodpeckers and yelow-bellied sapsuckers depending on the location). The metal portal protector discourages larger birds and predators from enlarging the entrance. It has a rear clean-out hatch, copper-lined ventilation holes on five sides of the body and under the roof and a drain hole in the floor, as well as notches on the inside front wall to aid fledglings as they exit the nest.”

“I have always loved making things with my hands, have long believed in the arts and crafts philosophy that human hands, with all their imperfections, are more spiritual than machines, and have discovered that building from vintage, reclaimed materials everyday domestic objects that are useful, architecturally interesting, and aesthetically pleasing gives me great satisfaction.”

“It allows me to express myself artistically, recycle beautifully aged materials that would otherwise go unseen, and serve the needs of multiple communities, birds and birdwatchers among these.”

“I go to my work with pride and enthusiasm, seek to learn something new with the creation of each work, strive to improve my wood and metal working skills, and look for beauty in combinations of the form, texture and color of the materials.”

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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3 Responses to Artist of the Day / Ted Freeman / Lawrence, Kansas

  1. Deb Prewitt says:

    These are gorgeous pieces of artwork – yes I said artwork and not birdhouses! 🙂

  2. 4F Lighting says:

    Seconded. These are just amazing.

  3. Dang!!! Each one of them looks unique!!

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