The Art Association of Jacksonville is pleased to present Folk Artist Steve Meadows Janaury 12-27 to the
Steve Meadows is from the small town of
Meadows will be bringing some of this folk art, as well as work in a new direction, that of his "Potheads," men and women made from old coffee pots, teapots and other found objects. Meadows is well-known as a folk artist in places where it counts. "I have a patriotic cane in the Smithsonian Institution," he says. One 4th of July, Bloomingdale's
Now after years of recognition primarily as a carver, Meadows' creativity has taken a new path. His long-time passion for creating fanciful and humorous sculptures from found objects has come to the forefront. The new aliens: Beginning a couple of years back, odd creatures looking like a cross between the Tin Man out of "The Wizard of Oz," and R2D2 from "Star Wars," began appearing here and there among the carved wood folk art in his shop. Their heads are made of old pots and pans, their bodies carved of old newel posts, with bottle caps for eyes and scrub brushes for hair. These creatures mingle with large, colorful turtles that have shells made of old garbage can lids, and giant fish with Angelina Jolie lips and bottle caps for scales.
"I'm 56 now and it is the time in my life to be happy, for me to do what makes me happy, creating from found objects or junk," Meadows says. "Potheads. I call them Potheads," he says of the new work. "Faces in metal made out of old coffee pots and tea kettles. I add parts of old garden rakes and paint brushes for hair, pot covers for hats and caps, keys for earrings." Often Meadows puts five or six of the Potheads one atop the other as kind of totem poles. The result is amazingly arresting and guaranteed to make you smile.
Less becomes more: Meadows grew up on a small farm in
Steve Meadows is one of those gifted artists who don’t always go after expensive primal matter to create masterpieces. Relying on his creativity, he transforms trash and other found objects into fanciful and humorous sculptures, delivering them in his unique style. “I find things left behind my building. I do a lot of things with shovels or rakes. The rakes can be the gills of fish. I take a torch and blowtorch leaf rakes like [they are] crazy hair.”
Gallery hours are Sundays 1-3 p.m., Tuesday- Saturday 4-6 p.m.