Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding

Artwork

Michael Wilding
Born in Hollywood in 1953 and educated in Europe, Michael Wilding moved to Santa Fe where he began his career as a stone sculptor, focusing on abstract form. An aesthetic descendent of such sculptors as Brâncuși, Picasso, Noguchi, and Arp, Wilding’s aim is to create unified works of elegance and simplicity. Wilding’s interest in stone sculpting began with a fascination in its “otherness” from various forms of visual art, which are built on a process of addition. His intrigue was in the subtraction material. “That is fascinating and mysterious,” he says, “building something by removing something.” Whether working with limestone from a local Belen, New Mexico quarry, Belgian Black or Portuguese Pink Marble, his work always begins with the consideration of different types of stone: their density, the size of the crystal, the hardness of the stone, and the way each stone permeates lights. Twenty-nine years ago, Wilding moved to Santa Fe. Soon he began to notice how the local landscape affected his work as well as how he views stone: “I’m very moved by the shapes that happen with nature’s influence, as wind and water have an effect on stone—these are great collaborations, which often result in elegance and grace.” Many stone sculptors have pre-determined ideas of what their work with stone will produce. “They know,” Wilding says, “what they want to make, investing the stone with a pre-determined meaning. But my work has a different intention, which is more like an unfolding (see his sculpture, “Now This). I’m no less engaged in the process, but my main work is created first through a conversation with stone.” Wilding maintains a long-standing Zen Buddhist practice, which informs his work and at points he incorporates forms of Buddhist calligraphy within the work or creates a calligraphic piece related to a sculpture, as with his sculpture “Ten Thousand Gates.” As he sculpts he uses koans—short questions or lines in Buddhist tradition that are meant to be asked even as they are unanswerable, yet “utterly informing and powerful.” Where do songs come from? is one koan he uses. A musician of 20 years, he can be found sculpting as jazz or rock & roll inspire a sense of movement and fluidity for a sculpture. When Wilding works, he says, there is always a soundtrack. Wilding believes that sculpting stone is not so much a process of knowing or learning, but of experiencing. “Not knowing is most intimate,” is another koan that relates to his work.“When we remove the knowing part,’he says, “what we are given is first-hand experience.” For Wilding, that experience is a direct conversation with stone begins with a line. “Working with stone is not a formula or a form of knowing, it’s a journey of discovery.” His career in music provided Wilding with an understanding of improvisation. Without preplanning, the work of improvisation is about responding in real time to a musical conversation. His stone-improvisational work and his intentionally removing anything that intrudes on the experience of the artwork gives Wilding’s sculptures an eloquence all their own. “I bring an aesthetic, wanting it to be graceful, sensuous, as specific qualities. But beyond that, I want to evoke an experience in the viewer.” This experiential aspect, graceful lines, and quietude are what reviewers like Richard Tobin remark on: “Free of paraphrase or pastiche, [Michael] Wilding has delved deep below Cubist-style-as-manifesto to fully absorb its sustaining grammar and syntax, which he applies his complete command of the medium to create his own expressions… In its gallery space, Wilding’s work has presence.”
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Dark Matter
Michael Wilding

Dark Matter

steatite,sculpture,stone

23 x 24.50 x 9 in

$14,500.00

Hidden in a Pillar, 2018
Michael Wilding

Hidden in a Pillar, 2018

Italian "Bianco" Marble

42 x 16 x 16 in

$22,000.00

One Wild Word, 2018
Michael Wilding

One Wild Word, 2018

limestone

17 x 36 x 12 in

$16,000.00

This is not as it Appears Nor is it Otherwise, 2012
Michael Wilding

This is not as it Appears Nor is it Otherwise, 2012

greek marble

22 x 12 x 11 in

$8,500.00

Empyrean
Michael Wilding

Empyrean

marble

23 x 15 x 23.50 in

$16,500.00

Holding Up The Moon
Michael Wilding

Holding Up The Moon

Kansas limestone

29.50 x 19.50 x 13.25 in

$18,000.00

Orphic Egg, 2018
Michael Wilding

Orphic Egg, 2018

bronze

20 x 8.50 x 11 in

$6,500.00

WildWord, 2018
Michael Wilding

WildWord, 2018

dyed limestone

8.50 x 17 x 6 in

$5,800.00

Falling Awake
Michael Wilding

Falling Awake

carrera marble

29 x 28 x 18 in

$22,000.00

Just Thusness
Michael Wilding

Just Thusness

sivec marble

27 x 13 x 11 in

$14,500.00

Pan's Psyche
Michael Wilding

Pan's Psyche

limestone

30 x 24 x 12 in

$16,500.00

From Deep in Jumbled Mountains
Michael Wilding

From Deep in Jumbled Mountains

Indiana limestone

23 x 17 x 14.50 in

$16,500.00

Now This
Michael Wilding

Now This

limestone

41 x 22 x 16 in

$18,000.00

Ten Thousand Gates, 2018
Michael Wilding

Ten Thousand Gates, 2018

limestone

21 x 19 x 16 in

$9,500.00

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