We are all surrounded by the beauty of nature. Jon Cronin uses objects found on walks through his brother's ranch to create sculpture by subtly revealing their inner beauty. Each piece tells the story of the landscape, time and place they were found.
Sculptors, painters and storytellers take us to a moment they have experienced. The stories can be large and dramatic like landscape paintings, or minimal in style, as Jon's pieces. Artists capture an 'emotion of place' and give us the opportunity to experience it through their work.
For me, when I see Jon's work, I am taken to the wide open areas of the Tallgrass and envision solitary trees that have stood in place as sentinels of the prairie, then quietly slipped away to make room for the next generation. The pieces speak of the simple beauty of nature. The shed antlers of the deer and the barbed wire of ranchers long gone, the story of a cycle repeated over and over again on the Tallgrass.
Take the time when you look at art to 'feel' the emotion of the time and place the artist is trying to convey. Allow yourself to be transported to the prairies, homes and lives portrayed.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery