Walter May • Selected Works • 1990-2000

Oracle • 1998
Oracle • 1998

Oracle installation at the Glenbow Museum as part of the 1998 Alberta Biennial. At one end of a handmade steel trough there is a barricade comprised of stacked stone slabs. The remainder of the trough is filled with a reflecting pool of hardened tar. One end of a long brass bead chain is attached to the trough, the other to a large steel cone partially filled with beeswax. This container is supported by a bottomless bentwood chair.

Oracle • 1998
Oracle • 1998

42” h x 18” w x 57" L. Alternate view (detail) of "Oracle" showing steel trough.

Oracle • 1998
Oracle • 1998

36" h x 30" dia. Detail of "Oracle" with chair and steel cone.

Model (aka Boxed Set) • 1998
Model (aka Boxed Set) • 1998

21.5” h x 37” w x 29 d” Various galvanized metal objects are arranged inside a pebbled glass vitrine supported by a low steel frame.

Ascended • 1997
Ascended • 1997

32” h x20 w” x 20" d. A light weight metal office chair patterned after an oak office chair is suspended high on a wall. The seat and backrest of the chair are encrusted with a mixture of dried cracked clay and rhoplex. Private Collection.

Ascended • 1997
Ascended • 1997

Close up of "Ascended."

Heatsink and Meltdown • 1995
Heatsink and Meltdown • 1995

Each unit approx. 72”h x 16” w x 16" d. "Heatsink" A keg of roofing tar (asphalt) was carved and melted into a dome shape then placed on a square pedestal with a perforated steel top. Gentle heat was then applied to the bottom of the tar dome. "Meltdown" A dome shaped cast from white paraffin wax sits on top of a pedestal with a wire mesh surface. Heat was applied to the base of the wax which dripped onto a lower glass shelf.

Meltdown • 1997
Meltdown • 1997

Detail of "Meltdown".

Outlook • 1997
Outlook • 1997

“Outlook” was originally constructed in 1987 (modified 1997) 10’ h x 18” w x 24" d. A wire brushed stainless steel chair frame supported by copper pipe leans against a wall.

Reflect • 1995
Reflect • 1995

60" h x 40" w x 14" d". An inverted brass figurine of a stag lacking antlers is balanced atop a wooden burl. The burl is attached to a black plywood panel framed in galvanized metal .

Reflect • 1995
Reflect • 1995

Detail of "Reflect" with brass stag and burl.

Artifact • 1994
Artifact • 1994

28 h”x 40” w x 35 d.” A pebbled wireglass vitrine contains a steel frame work from which an artifact is hung.

Artifact • 1994
Artifact • 1994

Alternate view of "Artifact".

Approaching the Tourists' Museum
Approaching the Tourists' Museum

Approaching the Tourists' Museum • 1994 40” h x 24” w x 84 d.” A galvanized sheet metal model of the Santa Maria del Fiore Duomo is supported by duct work and a wire mesh cylinder. Inside the cylinder is placed a sheet metal model of a human skull. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Approaching ...Tourist Museum • 1994
Approaching ...Tourist Museum • 1994

Detail of the sheet metal model of the Duomo.

Wisdom & Folly 2 & 3 • 1995
Wisdom & Folly 2 & 3 • 1995

Wisdom and Folly 2 A wooden mallet is placed on a rough cut wooden block. Wisdom and Folly 3 A handmade steel hammer and a fabricated bronze copy of the same hammer are placed on a rough cut wooden block.

Our Nature • 1994
Our Nature • 1994

View of a portion of the installation "Our Nature" at Neutral Ground, Regina. A network of galvanized electrical boxes and cable describes a maze like diagram on the wall. The diagram is interrupted by several "Ghosts" comprised of inverted small trees which carry ecclesiastical candles.

Our Nature • 1994
Our Nature • 1994

Detail of central portion of the "Our Nature" installation with two "Ghosts".

Our Nature • 1994
Our Nature • 1994

View of opposing wall of "Our Nature" Installation. 39 framed computer drawings are interspersed with galvanized electrical boxes stuffed with a mixture of dried clay and rhoplex, and connected by galvanized cable. Collection of the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Our Nature • 1994
Our Nature • 1994

Detail of drawings with cable.

Our Nature • 1994
Our Nature • 1994

Detail of drawings and electrical components from "Our Nature" installation. Drawing dimensions : 17" h x 14" w. (framed) Electrical box dimensions: 4" sq. or 4" dia. Length of cable varies.

Another Network Installation • 1994
Another Network Installation • 1994

"How One Becomes Many, How Many Become One." A diagrammatic installation of small clay stuffed electrical boxes and electrical cable on the wall directs attention to an arrangement of sandblasted wooden bowls on the floor. Each bowl contains dried anchovies which increase in sequential numbers from the first bowl onwards. (2,4,8,16,32,etc.)

Another Network • 1994
Another Network • 1994

Detail of "How One becomes Many..." with wooden bowls and anchovies.

Another Network • 1994
Another Network • 1994

View of the "Ghosts" as part of the installation "Another Network" at AKA Gallery, Saskatoon.

Museum of Fuel • 1994
Museum of Fuel • 1994

20 h ” x 36” w x 24" d. A half burnt hollow log is placed in a frosted glass vitrine which is supported by a low steel mesh and angle iron frame. Collection of the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Ghosts & Powerboxes • 1993
Ghosts & Powerboxes • 1993

Dimensions vary. An Installation of four inverted small trees with ecclesiastical candles and two large "Powerboxes" at Paul Kuhn Gallery.

Large Powerbox • 1993
Large Powerbox • 1993

Approx: 18” x 10” x 7” A metal knob is attached to a galvanized metal electric enclosure which is adorned with a mixture of dried clay and rhoplex. Collection of the Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary.

Large Powerbox (Alarm) • 1993
Large Powerbox (Alarm) • 1993

Approx: 18” h x 10” w x 7” d. A galvanized metal box used to enclose an electronic device is filled with a mixture of clay and rhoplex. Collection of the University of Calgary.

Ghost • 1993
Ghost • 1993

Approximately 7" high. An inverted conifer supporting an ecclesiastical candle is attached to the wall. The end of each branch is encased in hand formed coloured wax buds.

Blocks • 1993
Blocks • 1993

28" h x 40 " w x 35" d. A restored wooden chopping block is encased in a wireglass vitrine. Collection of The Canada Council Art Bank.

Blocks • 1993
Blocks • 1993

Alternate view of "Blocks".

Low table • 1990
Low table • 1990

22.5" h 53" w x 54" d. An oddly constructed low steel work table with a broken ladle, bottomless box, and a long spike hung from the bottom edges.

Low Table High Chairs • 1990/91
Low Table High Chairs • 1990/91

A collection of found stools supporting various objects made of copper, bronze, aluminum, steel, etc.surrounding a low steel table.

Low Table High Chairs • 1990/91
Low Table High Chairs • 1990/91

Installation of Low Table with 36 High Chairs at Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto.

High Chairs • 1990/91
High Chairs • 1990/91

A group of 5 "High Chairs" with various objects constructed of metal mesh.

High Chairs • 1990/91
High Chairs • 1990/91

A group of 5 "High Chairs." A variety of metal containers with spouts. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

High Chairs • 1990/91
High Chairs • 1990/91

A group of six "High Chairs" comprised of cylinders and domes.