Walter May • 2010 - 2014 • Selected Works
Approx. 30" h x 4" w x 3" d. A burnt cane embedded in a wooden apple, a wooden bucket handle, and an aluminum rod culminating in a circular loop are joined by a galvanized metal strap and some yellow cord.
Dimensions vary. Small nickle and chrome plated implements are partially dipped in tar and suspended from bead chain.
Detail view of implements.
58 1/4 x 42 x 43" A section of tree trunk with a bentwood protrusions sits on a black sheepskin. Atop the trunk is a collection of inverted metal table legs.
Installation of "Level Best" at Art Gallery of Calgary. Works included in this 7 part installation are: "Prop," "Plank," "Plumb," "Hobble," "Balance," "Bookkeeper" and "XO".
Bentwood chair, burnt wooden bowl, branches.
Tripods, oak plank, wooden handles in a wooden toolbox, driftwood, bentwood, and plumb bob.
A number of wooden handles and knobs are attached to a tree trunk which is balanced on a wooden bowl. Private Collection.
Portions of two tree trunks connected by a steel cable are now separated by a split wooden bowl.
52" h x 18" w x 22 d" A galvanized sheet metal stovepipe clutches a piece of burnt driftwood. The stovepipe is attached to a tree trunk, capped with stretched rawhide.
Approx. 11ft high. Two bentwood chairs are attached to steel pipes which are supported by separate cast iron bases.
Two components approx. 38" h x 16" w x 16" d. each Two bentwood chairs are placed on low plinths which also display charred braces which were previously attached to the chair legs.
Carved and burnt wood object reminiscent of a small sculpture by Richard Tuttle is placed adjacent to part of a bentwood chair.
11’6” L x 3’ w x 28” h. A steel pressure tank stabilized by small wooden wedges is attached to a burnt poplar branch.
25" h x 72" L. x 22" d A large walnut burl sits on two burnt, bentwood chair backs.
Alternate view of "Looped".
Approx. 9' L x 4’ w. x 8” h. A fir beam raised on two small burnt cedar blocks is partially covered by a rubberized raincoat. A burnt arbutus branch is laid on top of the beam. A second sculpture, "Tuttle's Rocker" is seen in the background.
End view of "Slicker".
Installation of "Pin Pine" (2007/08) and "Scavenger and Forager" (2007) at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
Installation of "Shadow" with "Prunings, Cuttings, Windfall, Deadfall" at the Esplanade, Medicine Hat. Alberta.
60" h x 32" w x32" d. Reproduction of a stone garden pedestal constructed from burnt cedar. The original pedestal was located at Chateau Mathieu, in Normandy, France.
approx. 11' h. x 40" w. x 18" d. Two bentwood chair frames are supported by steel poles with cast iron bases. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
18"h x 8"w x 6"d Branch, wooden knob, cord. Detail of a work from the 14 part series "Prunnings, Cuttings, Windfall, Deadfall". This series follows the initial "Pruning and Cuttings" work completed at the Chateau Mathiu Residency in 2009,
16" h x 12" w x 6" d. Branches, handles, cord. Detail of a work from the 14 part series "Prunnings, Cuttings, Windfall, Deadfall".
10"h x 2" w x 11" d branch, handle, cord. Detail of a work from the 14 part series "Prunnings, Cuttings, Windfall, Deadfall".
Branch, handle, cord. Detail of a work from the 14 part series "Prunnings, Cuttings, Windfall, Deadfall".
Installation of Chairlift (2011) and Roots (2010) at the. Nickle Arts Galleries, Univ. of Calgary, 2014.
Three wooden handles are attached to section of tree root.
Installation approx. 15' w x 6 ' h. Twenty eight small objects and personal ephemera are partially dipped in tar and suspended from brass bead chain.
A detail image of a portion of the "Tar Babies" installation.
A wooden utility pole is adorned with small cankers from Madrone trees. It is supported by two pedestals, one constructed from dimensional lumber, the other from a interwoven stack of Madrone branches. The work is located on a ridge adjacent to a grove of Madrone Trees. Collection of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
Alternate view of "Wisdom to Folly." Part of the Sculpture Collection of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, SMIP Ranch, Woodside, California.
Cankers from Madrone trees emerge from a glass Purex bottle.
approx size: 4" dia. The "Knuckleball" is comprised of a bundle of small cankers and branches, yellow twine and spent matches. Private Collection.
Approx. 4" dia. The "White Knuckleball" is made of small cankers and branches held together by white twine and installed next to a light switch. Private collection.
15.5" L x 15" wide x 18" d. A pine tree (trunk and roots) that has been washed by the river is adorned with wood buttons and handles. The tree is hung from the ceiling by a short length of chain.