Eric Stephenson starts with a Cubist approach to the human body in motion—flattened silhouette forms—then expands the work into a three-dimensional mass that allows the cloaked intentions of the figure to be revealed. Twelve feet high and created from welded stainless steel, “Dodge” gracefully contorts while dancing atop its cast concrete base.
“As bodies interact in space, they create an unspoken and obscured language. Yet, for the most part, this information is lost in the distractions of life. I seek to capture those moments so we can rediscover energies we put out into the world. Boccioni’s “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space” and its ability to imply motion while capturing a static moment is an example of this that has been influential for me.”
Eric Stephenson is a fifth-generation artist. He honed his craft as a studio assistant for Robert Fisher and James T. Martin, and currently works with Richard Hunt in Chicago. Over the past 20 years, Stephenson has worked in art foundries in Montana, Texas and Massachusetts and taught at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, University of Houston and Art Institute of Chicago. His work has appeared in the Lakefront Sculpture Exhibition, PNC Odyssey Sculpture Show and Krasl Biennial Sculpture Invitational. He is currently president of Chicago Sculpture International, a non-profit association of professional sculptors.