Time Well Spent

As long as I can remember I have been a collector of things. Wherever I am — walking in a field, on a street, by a river, by the ocean, traveling here and there, visiting dumps or working as a gatekeeper at my own private “landfill” — I have found objects that were discarded by others but have a genuine beauty or value to me.  This is “time well spent."

Although these materials are very diverse, they share in common a beautiful patina, soft edges, and worn surfaces. Some of the wood and metal which I incorporate into my artwork reveals layers of paint worn through by generations of use.

I am intrigued by the challenge of creating an entirely unique piece of art from a random collection of discarded and often commonplace objects. Giving these old, ordinary items a new and extraordinary life as one sculpture is an artistically demanding, yet gratifying, process.

Some of my work is also designed to be highly interactive and prompt viewers to question the reality of what they see. Audience reactions fuel my motivation and help bring my visions to life.

I particularly enjoyed working on this commissioned sculpture “Time Well Spent": a Father’s Day present from a daughter who understands how valuable fishing is to her father.  This sculpture is designed to be kinetic as the fishing reel actually works moving the small wire representing a fishing line back and forth. Many of the found objects that make up this sculpture reached this father’s heart and the memories flowed about spending time with my children and with my own father. What an amazing experience and definitely “time well spent."

Lawrence Wayne Adkinson enjoys bringing new life to discarded objects, depicting man’s relationships with the earth and nature from his home in West Valley City, UT. He incorporates a key as symbol of usefulness and life to each sculpture.  He believes that “art is a key to opening minds."  Several of his sculptures are currently displayed in the Boxcar Gallery in Helper, Utah. He is honored to be a member of Local Colors of Utah Art Gallery.  He supports various educational arts programs. Teaching his method of art is very rewarding. He has taught students of all ages to use their creativity to express their feelings, hoping to help them understand “art is one of a kind creation of self-expression."