MUSeINGS: News from Sculptor Kevin Caron
            January
– February 2009

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Here’s news from Kevin
Caron. Feel free to forward this email newsletter to your
friends and other art lovers.

 

What’s
New?

What’s
That?

 

What Are Your
Dreams?

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WHAT’S NEW?

In this issue, we
share news about upcoming and recent events, what’s going on
at the studio and reveal one of Kevin’s most versatile and yet
simple tools.Read on!

Wild Swiss, a sculpture by Kevin Caron
Wild Swiss to find a new home at the CF
auction

Events Enliven Winter
Spirits

Kevin has two events
coming up with Contemporary
Forum
, a special interest group of the Phoenix Art
Museum. Later this month, Wild
Swiss
will be auctioned as part of the Contemporary
Forum Art Auction 2009. “We are delighted,” says Contemporary
Forum’s Elaine Goldman. Other artists whose work has been sold
through the auction include Eric Fischl, Christo and Roy
Lichtenstein.

Contemporary Forum
members will also drop by for a studio
visit
on March 16. “I’m looking forward to sharing
more about my work with the members of the Forum,” Kevin says.
The visit will also feature the wines of Pillsbury Wine Company. Its 100% Arizona
Rhone variety wines are served at Pizzeria Bianco, Quiessence,
J&G Steakhouse and Enchantment Resort, among many other
fine restaurants, and its Roan Red received a 93 rating from
wine columnist Mark Tarbell.

For more information
about the auction and Contemporary Forum, visit http://www.contemporaryforum.org

 

Loaded, A kinetic sculpture by Kevin Caron
Loaded, a kinetic
sculpture

The day after the
Contemporary Forum auction, Kevin will be attending the
artists reception for the Glendale (Arizona) 46th Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibit.
Kevin’s piece Loaded
is in the show. The event is Sunday, February 22, from 2 – 4
p.m. at the Fruit Packing House Gallery at historic Sahuaro
Ranch Park. For more information, call 623-939-8424.

 

Speaking of good
times, the Spirit of the
Senses
salon, held January 3, was indeed
delightful. About 35 members of Spirit of the Senses gathered
to hear architect Kristine Woolsey and Kevin
share their respective approaches to design. The event was
held at Kevin’s home, which Kristine designed. “The parallels –
and diversions – were fascinating,” Kevin says. Attendees seemed
to enjoy it, too, asking lots of questions about the
processes.

Spirit
of the Senses
is a Phoenix-based arts and culture
organization that provides a forum for creative dialogue and
artistic expression in the Phoenix and New York areas.
Architect and professor Kristine Woolsey’s Woolsey
Studio
has designed hundreds of restaurants,
multi-family public areas, museums, community centers and
residences.

 

Studio Work Includes
New Pieces … and Work on Studio

Since the last issue
of MUSeINGS Kevin has completed a fascinating functional sculpture, begun a
public piece and made some
improvements to the studio
itself.

 

RainDrop, an architectural detail by Kevin Caron

RainDrop, a functional
sculpture

His latest private
commission is an intriguing piece called RainDrop,
which is designed to carry rainwater from the client’s roof,
over a patio, and into a retention basin on the front “lawn”
where the water nurtures fruit trees. “I enjoyed not only the
challenge of creating a sculpture that works, but one that
looks good while doing it,” Kevin observes. He also enjoyed
working with the folks at Life’s A
Garden
, a sustainable, edible landscaping firm, that
commissioned the architectural detail.

Click here to see
photos and movies of RainDrop
working.

 

Ya Gotta Hand It To
Him

All Hands On …
steel

Lately Kevin’s been
largely focused on Hands
On
, the public art sculpture for the city of Avondale, Arizona. The sculpture will be installed
in Sernas Plaza, near the new Sam Garcia Western Avenue
Library. “We’re having a lot of fun with this project,” says
Kevin. “The ‘hand’ puns are flying fast and furious.”


Click here to see movies and a
photo gallery
of the project. “The photo gallery helps
Avondale residents, many of whom provided outlines of their
own hands for the project, to watch the sculpture grow,” Kevin
explains.

Amidst the creative
work is some practical construction as Kevin makes additional
improvements to his studio.
With the help of super handyman Michael DiGiacomo of
Copper State Maintenance, Kevin has enlarged the tool room –
adding a wide metal door, which he’ll sometimes use as a
palette – a west wall, which actually includes a door and
window, and is adding shelves in the office. See photos of the
work by clicking here.

 

Welders, Welders
Everywhere

MIG, TIG, Arc – why
are there so many types of welders? In his latest video, Kevin
clarifies the difference between them in a short sweet
explanation. Check it out at http://www.kevincaron.com/videos.html.

 

WHAT’S THAT?

So often, people
see something in Kevin’s arsenal and say – well, you know.
“What’s That?” focuses on a subject that is dear to many
peoples’ hearts: tools…

Hold It Right
There

One of Kevin’s
strengths is his familiarity with and willingness to use tools
and techniques from many disciplines. Some of his knowledge
stems from his dozen years running a foreign car repair
garage. And this edition’s tool comes from that
period.

A hood holder
A hood
holder

Called a hood holder, the device is an
adjustable, telescoping pole that can be used to hold, well,
pretty much anything. (As you might have already guessed, it’s
intended use is to hold car hoods up when the vehicle’s own
hood holder is missing or unreliable. And the last thing you
want is a hood falling on your head!)

Kevin uses the hood
holder for all sorts of things, most recently to hold up RainDrop‘s
descending troughs as he added them. In fact, you can see the
hood holder in use in the first movie (video) on RainDrop’s
page

Kevin’s hood holder is
probably 30 years old, but it’s still going strong, probably
because it’s a simple mechanical tool that uses springs and
levers. “They’re the best kind,” Kevin says. “Tools like this
can last pretty much forever if you take care of
them.”

Just like he takes
care of it, the hood holder takes care of Kevin, whenever he
needs it.

To
get your own hood holder, click here.

If you’d like to
know more about a specific tool, let us know – we might have
an answer. Email us at info@kevincaron.com

 

WHAT
ARE YOUR DREAMS?

If you’ve been looking
for a way to make life more joyful and peaceful for
yourself or a friend who seems to have everything, a
sculpture, fountain or garden bell might just be the answer.
Besides, you have an “in” – you know the artist! And it’s
easy: just email us at info@kevincaron.com or
call 602-952-8767.

Kevin is glad to
provide a free consultation at your site or, if you prefer,
you are welcome to visit his Phoenix studio. Just email
info@kevincaron.com
or call 602-952-8767 – we’d love to see you!

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For more frequent
news, sights and sounds, keep an eye on Kevin’s Web site at www.kevincaron.com, which
we update often.

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