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Joe Brubaker

The wooden carved figures of Joe Brubaker echo sources of inspiration from Spanish colonial Santos and retablo objects to Egyptian tomb figure and Buddhist stone carvings. In recent works, Brubaker has gone beyond these early influences, crossing cultures on a broader basis. He has included forms reminiscent of ritual costumes and body decorations from indigenous peoples all over the world.

Incorporating scraps of metal and found materials, he has created a cast of characters that are at once strikingly universal and absolutely unique. For Brubaker, there is a moment when the work takes on its own personality. "I almost imagine myself as channeling some soul that's out there and wants to come back", he says. "It's really an eerie moment, a Geppetto moment".
 
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Joe  Brubaker Enrique by Joe Brubaker is a sculpture of mans_ head ate Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California in or around the San Francisco Bay Area
Enrique
 
Joe  Brubaker Armando by Joe Brubaker is a sculpture of a man of mostly wood at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California in the San Francisco bay Area
Armando
 
Joe  Brubaker Joey Boy by Joe Brubaker is a standing figure of mixed media at Seager Gray Gallery in mill valley california on or around the san francisco bay area
Joey Boy
 
Joe  Brubaker Juliette by Joe Brubaker is a wood sculpture of a head and torso at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California in or around the san francisco bay area
Juliette
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Banyu at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area
Banyu
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Benjamin 1 a carved wood and found materials figurative sculpture at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Benjamin 1
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Beth a figurative sculpture from found materials at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Beth
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Black Heart at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Black Heart
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Carlo a carved wood and found materials figurative sculpture at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Carlo
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Carmen a figurative sculpture from found materials at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Carmen
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Dark Moon 1 a sculptural 2d artwork from found materials at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Dark Moon 1
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Dark Moon 2 at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley Ca in the San Francisco Bay Area
Dark Moon 2
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Dark Moon 3 at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley Ca in the San Francisco Bay Area
Dark Moon 3
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Dark Moon 4 at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley Ca in the San Francisco Bay Area
Dark Moon 4
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Dark Moon 5 at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Dark Moon 5
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Gabriella a figurative sculpture from carved wood and found materials at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Gabriella
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Homunculus a figurative sculpture from carved wood and found materials at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Homunculus
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Josie
 a figurative sculpture from carved wood and found materials at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Josie
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Lionel a figurative sculpture from carved wood and found materials at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Lionel
 
Joe  Brubaker Maya by Joe Brubaker is a wood figure inside of a wood sculptured frame at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California in or around the san francisco bay area
Maya
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Michael a bronze figurative sculpture  at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Michael
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Michael a figurative sculpture from carved wood and found materials at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Michael
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Oxidation Series 2 a sculptural 2d artwork from found materials and rust medium at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Oxidation Series #2
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Roberto a figurative sculpture at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Roberto
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Serena a figurative sculpture from found materials at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Serena
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Sisyphus a carved wood and steel kinetic scultpure at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Sisyphus
 
Joe  Brubaker Tom
Tom
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker White Cloud a carved wood sculpture
White Cloud
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker White Moon a sculptural 2d artwork from found materials at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
White Moon
 
Joe  Brubaker White Series _3
White Series #3
 
Joe  Brubaker White Series _7
White Series #7
 
Joe  Brubaker Joseph
Joseph
 
Joe  Brubaker Julio
Julio
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker at Seager Gray Gallery Adalina is a carved wood and painted figurative sculpture.
Adalina
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Alba is a carved wood and painted figurative sculpture incorporating found objects shown at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Alba
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Amelia is a carved wooden and painted bust of a figure  shown at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Amelia
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker Andrew
Andrew
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Bellarmine is a carved wooden and painted figurative wall sculpture using found objects and acrylic shown at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Bellarmine
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker Colin Wooden Carved Figure Sculpture Seager Gray Gallery Mill Valley CA San Francisco Bay Area
Colin
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker Green Horse
Green Horse II
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker Jack (with boat)
Jack
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker Joan
Joan
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker John David
John David
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker Mario
Mario
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker Mohave Burro
Mohave Burro
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker Pablo_s World
Pablo's World
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker Paola
Paola
SOLD
 
Joe  Brubaker Joe Brubaker at Seager Gray Gallery showing Sara which is a carved wooden and painted figurative sculpture in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Sara
SOLD
 
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Joe  Brubaker

Joe Brubaker

Joe Brubaker Description


Joe Brubaker carves wood and assembles carefully curated found materials to create characters with stories to tell. His exhibition, The Long Voyage was inspired by the upcoming journey of his son Will and daughter-in-law Claudia who are relocating to Australia in the coming year. The central homage to this upcoming separation is The Boy in the Golden Boat, a young figure seated in a boat, rusted cap on his head. The boat is decorated and gold leafed, a nod to its precious cargo and an arc of metal bends over him, offering fragile protection, a reflection perhaps on how little we can control as our children make their way outside the family home. The themes of safety, danger, struggle and endurance expand themselves in this body of work as Brubaker taps into the collective unconscious, meditating on the perils and joys of each character’s sojourn on the stage.

Since his 1997 exhibition at Susan Cummins’ Mill Valley gallery, Brubaker sculptures have been populating collections from coast to coast and internationally. He has enjoyed an enviable exhibition history and remains ever fascinated with the creative process. As he amasses the weathered wood and rusted remnants of earlier lives, the figures begin to suggest themselves as Brubaker skillfully facilitates their rebirth, borrowing from a host of influences from Spanish Colonial retablos and santos, to African and Balinese sculpture and modern and contemporary artists such as Picasso, Louise Nevelson and Deborah Butterfield.
 

Joe Brubaker Statement

 


My sculptures and carvings involve a merging of passion, discipline, and abandonment. I attempt to give myself to the process of the work and follow or pursue it to completion. I'm interested in making work that is meditative, that balances between the associative energy of abstraction, and the narrative power of totem and effigy images. I make carvings that are clothed by the associations the viewer brings to his/her confrontations with the work. I try to keep my "art channel" open…in a sense I live an alternative life in the studio…freer, unguarded, open to the larger, less conscious experience. I sometimes make changes on unfinished pieces based on ephemeral intuitions, or that "first morning look" at a piece. Some of my works are populated by a revolving set of characters, who, as familiar entities to me, allow me to use them as actors on an ongoing basis. In a sense, the works exist in a parallel world to my own, helping me mark my own passage through the years. My stylist models are Southwest Santos carvings, some American folk art and African carving, and Egyptian funeral effigy figures, as well as the sensibility in certain Japanese wood carvings.

I hope to produce work hat interacts responsively with the transcendent issues we confront, such as our ephemeral state of being, issues of decay and transformation…and of beauty. I am particularly interested in the paradox of spirit being contained within the fragile vessel of the physical body.
 

 

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