Wade Freitas - Copper sculpture
Friday - August 08, 2008
Wade Freitas - Copper sculpture
Wade Freitas is a man of few words, but he makes up for it through his skillfully crafted copper sculptures.A sheet-metal worker at Oahu Plumbing and Sheet Metal, Freitas spends much of his free time sculpting flowers, leaves and other natural shapes out of copper.
“A sheet of metal is pretty lifeless,” says Freitas.“And I just want to bring some life out of it. That’s why I make plants, because there’s life in the plants.”
The pieces also are surprisingly colorful. The rich metallic colors on the leaves and flowers look like they were carefully painted on, but in fact are made when Freitas heats the metal to a certain temperature.“I don’t paint my stuff,” he says. “I try to get that same color from a flower through the metal. But I’m not trying to copy that flower.”
His art might not have a deep message, but it does have meaning to Freitas.
“It’s a part of me,” he says.“Each one is pretty much an individual piece.”
He also has started to craft honu shells out of the metal, as well as clocks and other wall-fillers. Though his mindset is simple and there is no artistic statement he is trying to make with each sculpture, Frietas works hard to get the desired effect he envisions for each piece. It’s a good reminder that not all art requires a hidden message or grand meaning.
“I just wanted to see if I could create these pieces,“he explains.“It’s my own interpretation of what a flower would look like.”
Unfortunately, other than on this page, it’s hard to see Freitas work outside his home. He tries to make it to as many craft and art festivals as he can, and is trying to figure out how to show his work in galleries.
“Within last year I just started getting my work out in the public. I did a few craft shows,” he says. “My regular job just pays the bills, but I would like to do this for a living if I could.”
Freitas started manipulating and sculpting metal in high school,and has since been developing his own style and technique researching online and through books. He has no formal training in art,but you would never know it.
“I can’t even really draw,“admits Freitas, “but I can pretty much shape this metal into anything I want.”
Freitas will show his works at the Made in Hawaii Festival Aug. 16 and 17 at the Neal Blaisdell Expo.
The ARTS at Marks Garage is hosting a new exhibit, Eco/Logic, which is intended to explore different environmental issues through the works of a variety of artists.
The exhibit, on display through Sept. 5, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“It’s a combination of invited artists, artists of the community and activists to talk about the environment,” says Rich Richardson of the ARTS at Marks Garage. “The environment is something that is on everyone’s minds, and we’re trying to inspire people to look at the issues from a fresh set of perspectives.”
The exhibition is a collaboration by 31 artists and environmental activists sensitive to the subject. Artists were chosen from past exhibitions and through public advertisements. Once everyone was contacted, each was given an assignment.
“We’d given everyone about three months to come up with an artistic statement about the issues at hand,” says Richardson.“And I think we have a really nice show.”
Installations, paintings, photography and everything else is on display, and if you missed First Friday this month, the exhibition will still be on view for the September art walk in Chinatown.
An important aspect of the show is that it’s easy on the eyes, says Richardson. To avoid preaching to a crowd that appreciates art and, hopefully, the messages behind it, all of the art is meant to inspire thought.
“It’s not all pretty pictures, but it’s not all doom and gloom,” says Richardson. “We really are conscious of the fact that a lot of the people who are going to walk in here are empathetic (to the message). We don’t want to be didactic.”
Richardson hopes people walk away from the exhibition inspired and connected to current environmental concerns.“I want to make it exciting to participate in these issues and network the solutions,” he says. “I think we’re trying to hype up the idea a bit - becoming more conscientious about our practices and think about sustainability.”
The ARTS at Marks Garage is at 1159 Nuuanu Ave. For more information about the gallery or the exhibition, call 521-2903 or visit www.artsatmarks.com.
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