Artist: John Mark Luke
Dimensions: 84”H x 36”W x 30”D
Materials: Sheet Metal, Steel Square Tubing, Steel Rebar, Paint
“‘Wastin’ Away Again’ features a pair of large flip flop sandals painted in the custom hot rod “fauxtina” style, suspended by steel rebar rods above a “swarm” of rebar vines ending in various sizes of square tubing florets. Especially for my public art pieces I love to create FUN elements that the public at large can recognize and relate to without having to have an art history degree. In creating this piece I definitely was feeling the “Margariteville” vibe and the meaning that I take away is to rise above the chaos and relax!
My inspirations are eclectic to say the least, from Zen architecture to the custom hot rod scene I find life in the creative endeavor. In my little studio I produce work that ranges from smaller scale, pedestal pieces to larger scale indoor/outdoor works that are only limited to the height of the studio ceiling. I love to work with organic materials such as tree branches and stone along with industrial materials like steel and wire that unite in a dynamic, yet balanced composition.
Does my work follow a concept, or is a concept discovered in my work? In a word, yes. I am drawn to the juxtaposition of life. There is a harmony found in the light-dark, smooth-rough, and the sweet-salty. The one gives life to the other. It all starts in the studio. Inspiration is found throughout the process of work. This creative labor reveals a symbiotic relationship between artist and art, as I am creating a work, it is also creating me.
It is a great joy to exhibit my work in indoor exhibitions as well as outdoor public art, I find it fascinating the way different viewers interpret the work. It opens a conversation where often a viewer will reference a meaning from a specific feature, or another way of looking at the piece that I have not previously considered. I begin the creative process from a personal perspective that can only be truly finished in a variety of ways of the viewer’s consideration and interpretation.” John Mark Luke
This piece is on loan to the City of Georgetown from the artist with support from the Georgetown Arts & Culture Board, and will be on exhibit through October 2020. To view this piece on the Sculpture Tour map, please click here.