Sunday, July 21, 2019

A Unique Photo Series & Event

An exceptional and unusual opportunity! Donna and I have long admired the stone collection of Timothy Springer. He is a great friend and we have gotten to know his family and had him as a guest speaker at my show. He asked us to photograph some of his collection for an event he was having. We had a great time, both taking the pictured of his awesome rocks, as well and hearing tales from his colleagues and family at the event.

"Timothy "Tim" A. Springer, Ph.D. is an immunologist and Latham Family Professor at Harvard Medical School. Springer is best known for his pioneering work in discovering the first integrins and intercellular adhesion molecules and elucidating how these cell adhesion molecules function in the immune system." His interest in the perforations and intricacies of Chinese Scholars Rocks is understandable.

 Picturing his stones exquisitely sited about his home was a delight.

"Tim is receiving the 2019 Canada Gairdner International Award, which recognizes pivotal contributions in the field of biomedicine.  To date, the Gairdner Foundation has recognized the stellar work of more than 380 scientists from 35 countries. Eighty-nine recipients have gone on to receive Nobel Prizes." We were thrilled to attend the event with so many of Tim's family and colleagues who so admire his science. George Q. Daley, dean of Harvard Medical School said: “Tim Springer’s creativity and passion are inspirational.” Tim also invited me to install three of my large new sculptures at the event.


Fable. A cluster of 16 massive hand made “stones” in trees installed in Crystal Park, a private sculpture garden near Beacon NY. 

Echoing the pattern of stones scattered about this geologically spectacular and steep landscape, I have placed in trees high overhead a lighthearted and unexpected series of my signature hand made stones.

Some of these "stones" were massive. Donna is standing under one that is 8' x 6' x 4'
 -- over 20 feet in the tree.
Others occupied a more intimate siting where they can be seen closely.
The installation itself was a bit of a tree rodeo but Guido was an exceptional tree jockey. Once the lift truck got stuck on the extreme hillside (immediately), we solved placement with ropes and dexterity.
This is a semi-permanent installation subject to the whims of tree longevity and extremes of weather.


A Reception, A Reading, A Conversation on Creative Practice

Georgia Blue Gallery

July 21, 2:00 pm

A Reception, A Reading,
A Conversation on Creative Practice
Donna Dodson
Andy Moerlein
Nancy Lord photo by Irene Owsley
Perry Eaton
Mara Kimmel
We all agree that more conversations need to take place. Join us for this stimulating conversation on the Creative Process with these artists.

Nancy Lord will do a short reading of her writings related to birds, a frequent theme in all three of the artists' work. Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein will present new sculptures. Perry Eaton will be in the gallery as a guest artist, talking about his work and career. Mara Kimmel, Anchorage Museum Deputy Director will moderate.

Creative Process. How does a writer begin with the blank page? How do the artists address a block of wood? What is the process that drives each of these internationally known creators to success in their respective careers? What are the commonalities within each of their inspired paths?

This is a short talk intended for a broad public with an enthusiasm for creative activity, regardless of medium or professional ambition. The artists are each inspired speakers and exceptional practitioners of their craft. After the short reading and informal conversation there will be a reception and the opportunity to speak with each of the artists and the moderator.

Georgia Blue Gallery,, 907-563-2787, Tues - Fri, 11 - 6; Sat, 11 - 5, Closed Sunday & Monday. | 3555 Arctic Blvd, Unit C-5, Olympic Center, Anchorage, AK 99503

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Two shows - Reception Tonight 1/19 - and News

Only In Maynard
Opening Reception January 19, 5-7pm. 
ArtSpace Maynard Gallery, 63 Summer Street, Maynard, MA
A group show of the rich profusion of artists who have been drawn to this vibrant cultural town. Or visit Saturday from 5--7pm, Wed-Saturday11-3pm. 

Donna Dodson and I both have work in this show that were carved from the same log - in Peru! This amazing hardwood - locally called parrotwood - has rich depth and overtones. Neither piece has been shown in USA before.

parrotwood, plywood,maple stick, coal
Peru is a land of riches. When the Spaniards arrived they demanded things of value and were given sacred feather cloaks. They were confounded. Today the forests and hardwoods are dozed to make room for coal mines. Again the significance of each commodity is disproportionately valued.

 Puma Señorita
By Donna Dodson
parrotwood, ink stain

Opposites Attract
January 30 - February 24, 2019
First Friday reception: Friday, Feb. 1 from 6-9 pm
Valentine reception: Sunday, Feb. 10 from 4-6 pm

Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Road Boston
The annual group show at Boston Sculptors Gallery featuring a diverse collection of new works inspired by the title’s theme. Both Donna and I have surprise pieces and I have seen many images of work that will delight. Here are two new pieces I am working on - follow on instagram or FB.

Persistence and Perserverence 
By the Myth Makers, Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein
Will you be in Florida? We have two new commissions in Coral Springs located at:

The Sawgrass Nature Center (Persistence)  
Sawgrass Trailhead at Atlantic Boulevard


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Andy Moerlein: Longing for Mountains

Nov. 7 - Dec. 9, 2018

If you have not yet seen this show? Here are some final events:
Sun., Dec. 2, 3pm
Collecting Strange Stones: The Art of Scholars' Rocks 
with Timothy Springer
Boston Sculptors Gallery presents a fascinating talk by Timothy Springer.  Mr. Springer is an expert in Scholars’ Rock who has collected a varied selection of Chinese stones that span from intimate to monumental in scale. His “car size” garden stones were selected from the warehouses of newly discovered and expressively singular rock formations. Mr. Springer will show images of his trip, the connoisseur collections he visited and then share his impressions of the contemporary work on view by Andy Moerlein.

Heavy hors d'oeuvres and tea/gourmet coffee will be served.
First Friday Closing Reception: Dec. 7, 5 - 8pm 

  Vestige, plywood on walnut, 14”h
Ridge, oak on plywood on beech limbs, 32”h
Island remnant ridge run. Perforated and ancient earth poem.
Denali, oak on beech wood, 17”h
A singular geologic icon.
Sliver Island, locust on maple and Spanish cedar, 16”
An imagination’s outpost for the hearty. An isolated sanctuary.
Cavern, cherry on plywood, 20”h
Shapes and spaces that draw us into unknown places, both playful and dangerous. Cold water and hard stone.
Plateau, cherry on maple and Spanish cedar, 16”h
A last space of solace. Eroded from beneath and all sides - but a fortress.
Roller Coaster, (2 views) locust on plywood, 25”h
Playful and physical, like the momentum and lunge of a summer roller coaster ride. This work is a tribute to Donna and our adventures together.

Parched, cherry on plywood, beech and oak branches, 48”h
A feeling. A place. Lovely heat without burning.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Longing for Mountains

Andy Moerlein: 
Longing for Mountains

Nov. 7 - Dec. 9, 2018

Artists' Reception & Talk: Nov. 10, 3 - 6pm
First Friday Closing Reception: Dec. 7, 5 - 8pm

Longing for Mountains, Andy Moerlein's second solo exhibition at Boston Sculptors Gallery, is focused on the aesthetics of stone art and artifice. Working in wood, ceramic and a spectrum of other media, Moerlein's sculptures are natural in sensibility, yet the artist's hand is simultaneously evident.

Longing for Mountains is inspired by the ancient Asian tradition of displaying unique stones in the home and garden. Chinese Scholars' Rocks and Japanese Zen gardens are vital references, yet these abstract wood, ceramic and "hand made stone" sculptures are not natural objects, but expressive abstractions.

The practice of collecting stones is a sentimental one, as those we pick up and keep have the power to transport us to past experiences. Growing up immersed in the wilderness of Alaska, Moerlein's study of gesture painting and sculpture was highly influenced by the landscape's solitude and drama. The "hand made stones" on view capture his reverence for nature and passion for lively abstraction.

Moerlein has invited three special guests to host events in the gallery during the exhibition. Chinese Scholars' Rocks expert, author and dealer Kemin Hu will present and discuss five exceptional examples of Chinese Scholars' Rocks. Contemporary ink artist Quanzhou (Jack) Zhao will perform a large-scale calligraphy demonstration. Finally, Tim Springer, a connoisseur of Scholars' Rocks will share a slideshow of of his travels in China in search of his exceptional garden stones.

Sat., Nov. 10, 3-6pm 
Artist Reception & Talk with Special Guest Kemin Hu 

Sun., Nov. 18, 12pm 
Calligraphy Demonstration with Quanzhou (Jack) Zhao 

Sun., Dec. 2, 3pm
Collecting Strange Stones: The Art of Scholars' Rocks 
with Tim Springer

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Closing Event In NH 10/28 at 3:00

Please join me for a closing reception of Absence and Presence at the Lakes Gallery at Chi-Lin in Laconia NH. See my newest sculptures interspersed with the exceptional landscape paintings of Mary Graham. Enjoy a lively poetry event:

Love Birds - A Poetry Reading  by Keith Tornheim amongst sculpture by Andy Moerlein on the universal themes of love, longing, marriage and the dynamic of relationships - both the fleeting immediate of the crush and the lingering monument of the lifetime affection. 10/28 at 3:00

All the sculpture in this show is inspired by the themes of community, affection and the relationship between birds and musical composition.

Perfect Pitch (Marriage)
2018 wood ceramic  15 h x 8 x 24”

A duet that hovers on the delicate edge of harmony.
A balance that is robust yet quavering.
A melody that needs devoted attention to stay tuned.

2018 wood ceramic  30 h x 24 x 24”

“More than whisperings of music.
More than light airs and recollected tunes of these most brisk and giddy-paced times.”
Karl Mertz. 1890

2018 wood ceramic  46 h x 24 x 24”

The staccato pacing.
Of three notes.
Repeated looped succession.
Three friends jaywalked.
Three more followed.
Chance patterns locked.
Like shadows of yourself.