“Interaction of Thought V” is located at the corner of 8th Street and Main Street in front of Antiques and Artisans
Artist: John Mark Luke
Dimensions: 7’6″H x 4’W x 3’D
Materials: Laminated Wood, Clear Fiberglass/Resin, Steel Rebar, Semi-Truck Brake Drum
“Interaction of Thought V” is part of a series of abstract pieces that reference the ethereal nature of thought and creativity. This sculpture features three “thought rings” shaped out of laminated wood with a layer of clear fiberglass for outdoor durability. The three thought rings interact with each other by way of steel rebar “neural pathways” that are connected to a stem feature which is then anchored to a base made from a semi-truck brake drum.
“It is my belief that art is not optional, it is necessary. Art not only enhances the environment it’s placed in, but also affects individuals within that environment.
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 November 2021. To view this piece on the online Sculpture Tour map, please click here.