Baran Mickle

Bill Baran Mickle Metalsmith 98110

Busy Lives Series

My first series of wall reliefs from 2005, “Busy Lives,” were based on an examination of daily life. These were playful sculptural reflections that advanced into a relief format, near two-dimensional rendering. What my sculptures had been depicting with coffee cups and other common, yet iconic vessels were mixed with family life paraphernalia such as keys, a baby’s “binky” or crayons. My intention was to depict a slightly more realistic notion of family life than the cleaner, more orderly domestic scenes we are used to.

“Among Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom, Laundry, Garden Shed and Living Room, an entire novel or short story collection could be written, so great are Baran-Mickle’s non-verbal powers of narrative construction.” [Matthew Kangas, Metalsmith review, April 2007]
(Note: Kangas was less enthusiastic about the sculptures with letter-punched words on them. The forms worked for him, the words did not.)

Laundry
©2006. Brass, copper, nickel, sterling silver
14.25 x 17.25  x 2.5 inches

Kitchen
Brass, copper, nickel, fine silver
Dimensions: 14.25 x 17.25  x 2.5 inches

Bedroom
Brass, copper, nickel, sterling silver
14.25 x 17.25  x 2.5 inches
Porch
Brass, copper, nickel, steel ball
14.25 x 17.25  x 2.5 inches
In this relief, the unattended table is visited by one of Nature’s hungry tricksters, a bird stealing a slice of bread.    
Impossible To Do List
2006 Brass, copper, nickel silver. Formed and fabricated, Word texture. Patina 14.25  x  10  x  8  inches
A portrait of a day, morning to evening.  What may be needed to power through the family and work list of a day.

Family Portrait

1998 9 x 14.5 x 11.5 inches. Brass, copper, sterling silver, found object, patina, paint.

A sculpture composed of a book, file folders, take-away coffees, a personal set of keys, and a list.

Iconography:
Roughly 900,000 couples in America get divorced yearly, somewhere near 4% of our population (around the year 2000). It was down 4% from previous decades, too. Still, there were, and continue to be, many people who have gone through divorce. It is quite a journey, individual to each person and couple.

Double Tall ©2006
7 x 8.25 x 7.25 inches
Brass, copper, wood.
Formed and fabricated, Word texture. Patina

Chronology of a Day

Chronology of a Day
Brass, Copper, keys. Patina.
Formed and fabricated, Word texture. Patina
15 x 8.25 x 7.25 inches

Car keys and a baby’s binky are trapped between the ubiquitous takeout coffee cups “used” (needed?) to get through the day. The cups sit on top of post-it notes with to do lists and pencils.

The form also echoes the famous repeating column by Constantin Brancusi’s Endless Column of 1918.

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