Bonded with ancestral strength   2007  Stoneware, wire and found object  27 x 14 x 15

Bonded with ancestral strength

2007

Stoneware, wire and found object

27 x 14 x 15

  Rising to meet the last light of day   2009  Stoneware, wood and wire  51 x 84 x 10

Rising to meet the last light of day

2009

Stoneware, wood and wire

51 x 84 x 10

  Looking east into the rising   2015-2016  Bronze and wood  98 x 76 x 76

Looking east into the rising

2015-2016

Bronze and wood

98 x 76 x 76

  Patient in the tragic gap of every moment (bright sadness)   2014-2015  Stoneware with mason stains, steel, found objects and wire  74 x 32 x 48      Rusted wire spaces empty and full    Burdens from the long journey    A weightless encumbrance       Yoked within the limen    Of the immutable moment    Waiting as the soft disconsolate glow of age descends

Patient in the tragic gap of every moment (bright sadness)

2014-2015

Stoneware with mason stains, steel, found objects and wire

74 x 32 x 48

 

Rusted wire spaces empty and full

Burdens from the long journey

A weightless encumbrance

 

Yoked within the limen

Of the immutable moment

Waiting as the soft disconsolate glow of age descends

  Loquat dreams of dark metallic seeds   2006-2007  Stoneware with loquat branches  69 x 35 x 48

Loquat dreams of dark metallic seeds

2006-2007

Stoneware with loquat branches

69 x 35 x 48

 Sifting through the remain - the journey of spririt

Sifting through the remain - the journey of spririt

  Waits within the shrine of memory   2015-2016  Stoneware with mason stains, plum branches and wire  142 x 24 x 48”

Waits within the shrine of memory

2015-2016

Stoneware with mason stains, plum branches and wire

142 x 24 x 48”

  Two rooms for my father

Two rooms for my father

  Gently and slowly rising   2001  Stoneware, steel and wire  60 x 53 x 8

Gently and slowly rising

2001

Stoneware, steel and wire

60 x 53 x 8

  Full of suppressed sobbing   (A song for Frida)   1998  Stoneware with wire  62 x 12 x 6

Full of suppressed sobbing (A song for Frida)

1998

Stoneware with wire

62 x 12 x 6

  Sifting through the remains: wisdom from the stars   2009  Pit-fired ceramic, wire, wood and found objects      The grayed boards from the fence of another life, form a container/frame. The figure rests in its hooded, sectioned cocoon, imagining the future under a rusted sun. Letterpress number fifty-five from a technology of another era, reminds one of beginnings and weeks and days, like stars counted in hope.

Sifting through the remains: wisdom from the stars

2009

Pit-fired ceramic, wire, wood and found objects

 

The grayed boards from the fence of another life, form a container/frame. The figure rests in its hooded, sectioned cocoon, imagining the future under a rusted sun. Letterpress number fifty-five from a technology of another era, reminds one of beginnings and weeks and days, like stars counted in hope.

  The rose of haron between the mountain and the sea   2010-2012  Stoneware, plum branches and pine boards      “Deep in the soul rests the   bundled branches of hope   and fear.”   Within the chambers of the inner world, lies the fuel to  burn the flames of love and demise, grief and dancing,  ashes and singing, today and forever. Tightly stacked  against the chill of winter’s later years when sadness  rests upon an upward journey towards a late risen sun.

The rose of haron between the mountain and the sea

2010-2012

Stoneware, plum branches and pine boards

 

“Deep in the soul rests the bundled branches of hope and fear.”

Within the chambers of the inner world, lies the fuel to

burn the flames of love and demise, grief and dancing,

ashes and singing, today and forever. Tightly stacked

against the chill of winter’s later years when sadness

rests upon an upward journey towards a late risen sun.

  Late afternoon burden of release   2010  Stoneware, wood and twine  57 x 19 x 11

Late afternoon burden of release

2010

Stoneware, wood and twine

57 x 19 x 11

  The way of cinder and ash   2015-2016  Stoneware with mason stains and wood  91 x 60 x 98”

The way of cinder and ash

2015-2016

Stoneware with mason stains and wood

91 x 60 x 98”

Lingering at the brooding rim

Riverside City College Quad Gallery, 2016

I have been following the works by William Catling for several years and have had glimpses into the evolution of a powerful body of work.  It was when we exhibited together in a figurative group show last year that I became wholly entranced. I am very honored to have the opportunity to exhibit his work in a solo exhibition, for the first time in his home city of Riverside California.

I think what first drew me to Catlings work was this deep sense of the human spirit and an acknowledgement of the darkest, most brutal and pain filled aspects and presence of existence as a living being. He draws you in with a profound sensitivity and awareness of myth and metaphor that compels us to look closely at the aspects of what connects us. Amazingly though as we “linger on this brooding rim” we find an obscure, nearly indefinable, elegance, beauty and hope in that connectivity. I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Joseph Campbell. ” Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.”

Catling’s works embody the timeless burdens of human existence, yet they are still life - affirming. He fearlessly brings (as termed by Eckhart Tolle) an archetypal collective “pain body” to the forefront and makes us live with it, accept it and and be present with it.

He is a sculptor for our time, and all time as we observe the burdens, crimes and horrors that we have perpetrated upon ourselves and each other.  The toil and pain of being becomes inescapable as we become the “witness”. And as we witness we unify, become the “One” and begin our collective transcendence.

 

Leslie A. Brown

Gallery Coordinator/Curator