Sculpture and Wood Carver shows off lifetime of work
By Wade Woods
Last week, the Sargent Johnson Gallery hosted a reception to kick-off the exhibition of the work of Bay Area Artist Michael Chukes. The exhibit entitled My, Legacy: A Survey of Chukes’ Work will run from until July 27, 2008. This exhibition is the first comprehensive exhibition of Bay area native Michael Chukes’ sculptures and wood carvings. Producing art for over twenty-five years, the exhibition features pieces that Chukes’ created when he was just five years old to more current sculptures.
Born in Vallejo and raised in San Jose Chukes began creating artworks at a very young age. Although he attended California College for the Arts and Claremont Graduate University, he considers himself to be a self taught artist.
Chukes works with a number of mediums including clay, bronze, wood and other materials to create exaggerated expressions of the human form. “I concentrate on capturing emotional sensations of the body rather than its physical presence. Females play a strong role in m creation. I believe there is a magnificent sensitivity in women unlike anything I know and capturing this sensation give my work meaning.”
Chukes relies on music for his inspiration in creating his works by combining his visions with musical rhythms because it helps him to sculpt what he hears. Through creative influences like Earth, Wind and Fire, Miles Davis and George Clinton and the Funk Parliament.
Chukes creates his works with over emphasis on certain body parts such as necks, hands and arms. He also incorporates color ( a secret technique) which gives his sculptures a rich smooth texture and a surreal identity. The Sargent Johnson Gallery is located in the African American Art and Cultural Complex located at 762 Fulton St. For more information on the exhibit or other upcoming exhibits at the Gallery and Art Complex contact Samara Brown who created much of this article at (415) 922-1995