Shapes found in nature or biomorphic, organic is an art genre that stands on its own. Natural materials such as wood helps define this medium and style.
Organic shapes from the natural world are not perfect and uniform measurements and that is what makes them special and a unique art form.
They remind us that rarely anything is really perfect and differentiating in their own beautiful way. This style pushes the boundaries of visual art with creative thinking and originality.
Rarely are there two identical organic pieces in the natural wood world. And to me this is a blessing.
Aspen Burl Bowl
When I found this burl it was on a logged managed forest during a very cold winter. The snow was deep and I needed to snowshoe in to get it. When the burl dropped off when cutting it the wood sunk deep in the snow. I just love the rich burl grain in this piece.
What is Organic Shape Sculpture?
Free flowing shapes can be found in nature and are organic in appearance. They typically are not strict and uniform but free from restricted lines and perfectly round circles such as geometric shapes. The natural world like plants and animals can be a stimulus for organic shape art or sometimes called Biomorphic Abstraction.
Organic shapes are irregular and curvilinear in nature. The main characteristics are a curving appearance with smooth flowing outline with no restrictions. Because organic shape is a free form and unpredictable it frees the viewer’s mind from restrictions. It also provides an unconstrained energy.
It can free the inspiring mind of the viewer from what can be a stricture conservative world. To shed the concept pounded in minds “It is what it is” mentality. And to shed the concept that everything is rigid straight lines and perfectly round circles and other definite geometric shapes. Organic shape sculpture art can provide stimulation to an open consciousness and wisdom to the grateful soul.
Inspiration for this continuing array of metal and wood art are from road trips deep in the Southwest. Lonely 2 lane blacktop roads rolling through canyons, around mesas and ghost towns can spur mind trips and creativity.
It seems no matter how hard you try you always end up back into a circle.
Along the Currents
The sculpture reminds me of the Southwest with the highly polished earth tones and modeling. The arid Southwest is a influence to me with warm rich memories of bold blue skies and wind smoothed rock formations.
Truly Organic Form
“For me it seems the bold colors spurs new wood sculpture designs”,
“I love working with both.”
With the birth of Dobe Art Studio Doberstein developed into a more rounded artist learning more of the aspects of the fine art world.
“Dobe Art Studio, was a creative renaissance for me reaching into the aspect of fine art”
“It was a stimulus to my creative soul and it feels like I found my artistic home. It never leaves me and resides in my spiritual self”
My main aspiration when creating abstract art is to stimulate the breath of life both in me and the viewer. There are occasions when I see a certain reflection or feeling in an art piece I created that echoes what I was experiencing at the time. I enjoy the outdoors, especially in the forest. I like to spend time outside to keep me fresh with new ideas and themes for that next art piece. It keeps me in harmony with my creative spirit. I like to use bold colors to inspire and energize the soul deep with-in, and also use dynamic motion in sculpture to incite emotions in the viewer of my art so they can inspire their own thoughts and spirit.
My favorite medium is wood. I enjoy working with material rich in with deep swirls of growth rings in the wood. It gives the piece character and makes it interesting to view. My favorite tools are simple hand tools I use to carve the wood sculpture. When I am developing an art piece I will observe the natural patterns, how the light affects them and try to use their features to enhance it. I like to use dark colors with light colors to contrast and stimulate. I also use dramatic sweeping motions in sculpture.
I will begin a piece first by setting it on the studio table and studying its shape and patterns. This can be a couple of days to a year. I know it is finished when I step back and enjoy looking at it and feel that it needs no more work. When my latest art creation is going well I feel a sense of happiness that runs deep into my soul.
Doberstein first started his artistic pursuit with photography, stained glass and wood burning art mediums that were primarily focused on nature, sunset landscapes, work that was represented by local galleries.
From there, Doberstein discovered the peaceful sound of the wood flute. He learned the art of making hand created wood flutes and started to record wood flute meditation music. The wood flute gently touched his soul and he developed a spiritual connection. He released his first album “Harvest Moon” and from there released several more albums that focus on the meditation spiritual theme. His music has traveled worldwide.
The artist heart in him was restless as he then ventured into abstract wood art. Kevin Doberstein’s modern art centers on the free and unbinding world of abstraction. He also enjoys working with vivid color in acrylic and also mixing the two mediums together of figured wood and metal. His primary work is both standing and wall sculpture.
Being born and raised in a culture of wood from the north forest of Wisconsin he learned how difficult working with wood can be at times. Wood art keeps him grounded and he found the universe had it planned for him. Now as a seasoned artist, he truly appreciates the early lessens he received. Currently he mixes metal with wood for sculpture. Doberstein also likes to work with the medium of acrylic paint on wood panels well. He feels this keeps him in balance in the world of abstract art.