Joe Brubaker’s large-scale wood and metal figures are haunting, spiritual, totemic. A lifetime of making art, first as a painter and now for more than two decades as a sculptor, has taught him to be aware of details like the subtle grace of a quiet gesture.
It works, and so does Brubaker’s ability to harness the power of size – or oversize in the case of many of his sculptures. A mix of abstract and figurative, playful and serious, inspiring and meditative, his tribe speaks my language.
This carved wood and metal figure is 5 feet tall
“Most of my figures are totemic, that is, very quiet and subtle of gesture. I have found that more extreme body positions in the figures do not work for me. I believe this might be because “quietly gestured” figures invite meditation. Also, a standing, quiet figure exudes grace, and very small adjustments in the head tilt, or arm location, or leg position, affect the attitude of the piece a great deal, and create an implied narrative.” Joe Brubaker
Timothy, 5 feet tall
Sentry, over 5 feet tall
Sentry, standing guard
Horse, reclaimed wood, found metal, 33″ x 60″ x 8″
“I make art to renew myself, to experience the vitality of creative flow. I also feel that the individual creative process generates a ‘halo’ effect that is more significant than the individual creative act.” Joe Brubaker
The video below, created for the Donna Seager Gallery, has a few surprises – watch the sculptures closely. Nicely done. For a lengthier visit with Joe (half hour), click here – he shares the wonderful collection of inspiration from his travels around the world that fuel his creativity.