Eduardo Gomez Rojas’ Sculpture “The 38th Parallel” Will Be Installed And Dedicated To Korean War Veterans On June 12. Public Is Invited To Ceremony.

An Art in Public Places sculpture by Eduardo Gomez Rojas will grace Veterans Memorial Park in Port St. Lucie to commemorate the heroism of US troops during the Korean War.  Titled, “The 38th Parallel”, the Korean War Veterans Association Treasure Coast Chapter 106 will dedicate this moving memorial on Saturday, June 12, 2021. The Public is invited to the free ceremony.  We are grateful to the anonymous art patron who donated this sculpture. The Rickie Report shares an interview with Eduardo as well as the details of the June 12 event.

 

 

SATURDAY,  JUNE 12, 2021

 

 

10  AM

 

 

Veterans     Memorial     Park

 

 

2100  SE  Veterans Memorial Parkway

        Port St. Lucie, FL  34952

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What inspired you to create this memorial sculpture?

 

EG:

In 2006, while I lived in Little Rock, AR I became interested in the Korean war. Arkansas happens to be the birthplace of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, who commanded the Southwest Pacific Theatre in World War II. He administered postwar Japan during the Allied occupation that followed, and led United Nations forces during the first nine months of the Korean War. I became interested in him and decided to make a memorial sculpture about the Korean War. I spent many hours doing research and preparing a maquette for this sculpture.

 

 

TRR: How do the figures in this sculpture represent more than the battle in Korea.

 

EG:

First, I asked a couple of friends, who were war veterans as well as a Korean friend who had a young son, to pose for the sculpture. I used my camera to create various compositions until I found a pose that captured the art concept I wanted to convey. I wanted to memorialize the fact that the Korean war was the first time that black and white soldiers fought side by side. In the sculpture the black soldier watches the white soldier’s back. The white soldier holds a Korean child in his arms. His face shows the urgency of the moment. The child represents the Korean Republic being saved by the American soldiers. Notice that the soldiers are wearing their “winter” uniforms. Our troops suffered tremendously from the coldest weather the region had seen in over forty years.  In contrast, and to dramatize the fragility of the child and the situation, the Korean child is almost naked as he is rescued and brought to safety. For me, this is a powerful statement about how mutual sacrifice helps us learn to live together!

Our individual bodies carry the imprints of our lives and our souls. In my sculptures, form is a vehicle for expressing individual character rather than idealized perfection. Human relationships also inspire me. For this reason, I like making sculptures with multiple figures. I also find inspiration in physical movement. Its grace and its plasticity; even what it may say about our brokenness.

 

 

The human figure in all its aspects and conditions is my main source of inspiration. In it, I see the incredible beauty and perfection of creation as well as the raw reflection of our human condition. Individual uniqueness inspires me. Life affects all humans in a singular way. Therefore, our bodies are a journal of our life and an X-Ray of our soul. I find a raw beauty in this uniqueness and my work attempts to chronicle my own personal perception of this uniqueness. The result can be beautiful but can also be intense and even disturbing.

 

 

On July 26, 1948 U.S. President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981, desegregating the armed forces. Truman declared, !there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.” The president acted upon the wishes of many people, black and white, who believed that if African-Americans and other people of color served their country with honor, they should not be subjected to racial discrimination or violence. The struggle for military integration in Korea mirrored similar struggles on the home front.

 

 

Original Photograph Courtesy of Eduardo Gomez

 

 

TRR:  What are some other significant meanings that most viewers may not know?

EG:

 

I am originally from Colombia, South America. During my research, I discovered that Colombia was one of only 14 allied nations to send troops to Korea to fight against communism alongside the United States. I am proud of that! The 38th parallel is the popular name given to latitude 38° N that in East Asia roughly demarcates North Korea and South Korea. The line was chosen by U.S. military planners at the Potsdam Conference (July 1945) near the end of World War II as an army boundary, north of which the U.S.S.R. was to accept the surrender of the Japanese forces in Korea and south of which the Americans were to accept the Japanese surrender. The line, intended as a temporary division of the country remains steadfast today.

 

 

 

 

Original Photograph Courtesy of Eduardo Gomez

 

 

 

TRR:  Please tell us about your process

EG:

My work always starts in clay because it allows me to quickly develop an idea into a visual concept. I then may finish the work in clay or evolve to casting the work in bronze or other media. This may take months or even years. As you can see from some of the photos, I sculpt from the inside out. I believe that true proportions as well as movement, gesture and clothing folds require that you build on what we call the “surface anatomy” of the subject. I prefer working from life whenever possible because the interaction with the model adds “soul” to the work. I work on many projects at once because they are at different stages of development. I like making portraits, full figure sculptures and reliefs. I don’t follow any particular formula and I don’t sculpt for a particular audience. I do try to be honest and express my true feelings. I leave the psychoanalysis to the psychiatrists. I accept private and public commissions, small to monumental.

 

 

 

Eduardo Gomez Rojas is a local figurative sculptor and teacher. His work”s singular quality is its force and passion. His studio is located in Jensen Beach, Florida. He does public and private commissions from small to monumental. His work is collected internationally. Eduardo Gomez: Silent Messages a book about his work was published in 2009. The book is currently available on Amazon. His main subjects are people and animals. He particularly enjoys sculptural portraiture and memorial sculpture. He is currently a faculty member at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida and has also taught locally at the Elliott Museum and privately in his own studio. Eduardo moved to Florida from Arkansas in 2007. This sculpture will be Eduardo’s third public sculpture in the Treasure Coast area. The other two, inaugurated on 2017 and 2018 respectively, are located on either side of the American flag at the entrance of the Distinguished Service Memorial Park in Stuart, Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this sculpture, commissions, classes, workshops and other works of art contact:
Eduardo Gomez

 

Figurative Sculptor

Small to Monumental

Public and Private Commissions

Studio: 953 NE Industrial Blvd    Jensen Beach, Florida, 34957

 

email:eduardogomezsculpture@gmail.com

www.eduardogomez.com

www.eduardogomezgallery.com

 501-765-2609

 

 

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Eduardo Gomez Rojas’s “Unconditional” Pays Tribute To Female Soldiers. Public Invited To Sculpture Unveiling On Sunday, June 3rd

The City of Stuart will unveil a second sculpture at the Distinguished Service Memorial Park on Sunday, June 3rd. This new sculpture, a bronze bas-relief by Eduardo Gomez Rojas, will complete the second half of the memorial monument at the entrance to the park. The Stuart Rotary Foundation contributed private funds for both. A working figurative sculptor, Eduardo has a studio located in Jensen Beach. His passion to share the deep emotions of a human figure stand out in this sculpture – a mother leaving her child as she goes to serve our country.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the event which is free and Open to the Public.  Special thanks to Eduardo for underscoring the dedication of female veterans and service people who preserve our freedoms.

 

 

EDUARDO    GOMEZ    ROJAS

SHARES   NEWEST   SCULPTURE

“U N C O N D I T I O N A L”

 

A  TRIBUTE  TO FEMALE  VETERANS

 

Distinguished Services Memorial Park

300 SE Ocean Blvd     Stuart, FL  34994

 

Due to inclement weather the unveiling ceremony has been moved to Sunday, June 3 at 11:00 am

 

 

We asked figurative sculptor Eduardo Gomez Rojas to explain the artistic concept behind the second sculpture titled “Unconditional”; the artist commented. “A soldier leaves his home and his children to protect our children. I could not get this thought out of my head. In thinking and doing research for the second sculpture, I came upon the reality that many of the soldiers who are fighting and dying in today’s wars are women. In fact, Florida has the third largest population of female veterans in the United States. When considering these facts, it struck me that a Mom leaving her child to protect mine had to be the ultimate sacrifice. I became obsessed with this mental picture.”

 

Clay for “Unconditional” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas copyright 2018

 

The image above shows the clay rendition which was approved for casting at the foundry. We asked Eduardo to elaborate on the idea. “To make the initial drawings for the concept I asked a female officer in active duty to consult with me. She lent me her backpack, uniform and boots which were worn by the model who had a young child. It struck me visually that the size of the backpack was overwhelming. I felt that this was a visual metaphor for the size of the burden placed upon this soldier. The soldier is in a semi kneeling pose while hugging her child. I placed the child’s face on the other side, so as not to take the focus off the soldier. It also allows the viewer to visualize their own child.  The soldier seems lost in her thoughts as if she is considering the enormity of the situation. She could be praying. She could be leaving or returning. She could be thanking God for protecting her and her child… or asking him to do so. The child can be a metaphor for our nation or for our institutions. Why is she doing this? Unconditional love for her country can be the only reason. That is why the sculpture’s title is “Unconditional” “.

 

“Unconditional” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas copyright 2018

 

The first half of the monument is located in front of the flag, but the monument plans included a second complementary half behind the flag. The bronze sculpture on the first half of the monument titled “Above and Beyond” depicts two male arms holding the folded flag against the heart. We asked Eduardo to remind us about the idea for this work of art. Eduardo Gomez Rojas, said of the first sculpture: “My artistic concept was to depict service above and beyond the call of duty. When I thought of this, it was clear to me that only love of country could bring somebody to do this. I chose the arms hugging the folded flag as the metaphor for love of country, but even further for sacrifice for country”

 

“Above and Beyond” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas copyright 2017

 

This first sculpture which was unveiled on Memorial Day 2017, was very well received by the general public and veterans alike and has become an icon at the park. The purpose of the whole monument is to memorialize those local heroes who have given their lives in the ultimate sacrifice. Each year the names of these soldiers will be placed on the sides of the monument.

 

 

Eduardo Gomez Rojas is a local figurative sculptor and teacher. His work’s singular quality is its force and passion.  His studio is located in Jensen Beach, Florida. He does public and private commissions from small to monumental. His work is collected internationally. Eduardo Gomez: Silent Messages a book about his work was published in 2009. The book is currently available on Amazon.  His main subjects are people and animals. He particularly enjoys sculptural portraiture and memorial sculpture. He is currently a faculty member at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida and has also taught locally at the Elliott Museum and privately in his own studio. Eduardo moved to Florida from Arkansas 10 years ago, where he was a cofounder of the Arkansas Sculptor’s Guild.

 

 

 

 

For more information about this sculpture, commissions, classes, workshops and other works of art contact:
Eduardo Gomez

Eduardo Gomez Sculpture Studio

953 NE Industrial Blvd

Jensen Beach, Florida 34957

Website: www.eduardogomez.com
Email: eduardogomezsculpture@gmail.com
501-765-2609
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eduardogomezsculpture
Instagram: @eduardogomezsculpture
Twitter: @eduardosculptor

 

 

 

 

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Eduardo Gomez’ New Public Sculpture Commission For Distinguished Service Memorial Park In Stuart Florida To Be Unveiled

Eduardo Gomez’s new sculpture to recognize a local hero for the Distinguished Services Memorial Park in Stuart, Florida will be unveiled on Memorial Day, May 29th. The sculpture, located in front of the Park’s flag pole, was made possible by a donation by the Stuart Rotary Club Charitable Foundation. Eduardo is a working figurative sculptor with a studio located in Jensen Beach. His passion is the human figure. He prefers to work from life because he believes the relationship between the artist and the model adds unexpected emotional and psychological elements to his work. The model he used for this sculpture is a veteran and a graduate from West Point Military Academy.  The Rickie Report shares information about Eduardo’s artistry, though some of the final details of the unveiling are still “under wraps”.

 

 

 

What is Under the Wraps ???

Leaders of Stuart Rotary Club and the City of Stuart inspect the clay for bronze of the new public sculpture which will be unveiled on Memorial Day at the Distinguished Service Memorial Park in Stuart.

 


A new sculpture by Sculptor Eduardo Gomez for the Distinguished Service Memorial Park in Stuart will be unveiled on Memorial Day. In this picture, Andrew Sesta (Director of the Stuart Rotary Club), Tim Campenni (Mayor of Stuart), Eduardo Gomez, Jim Chrulski (Stuart Community Services Director), Paula P. Nicoletti (Director Stuart Rotary Club) on the day they inspected the clay at Eduardo’s studio. Funds for this project will be contributed by the Stuart Rotary Club Charitable Foundation.

 

 

Distinguished Services Memorial Park

300 SE Ocean Blvd     Stuart, FL  34994

Monday, May 29th

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies Begin 9 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eduardo Gomez’ Exhibit at the Lighthouse ArtCenter 

Eduardo Gomez is a working figurative sculptor with a studio located in Jensen Beach, Florida. Eleven years ago, Eduardo moved with his family from Arkansas. Eduardo completed his BFA degree in sculpture at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock and attended the graduate school. Eduardo also was a cofounder of the Arkansas Sculptors Guild and its first president.

 

Eduardo Gomez’ Class at the Elliott Museum

 

 

For the last 6 years Eduardo has been a sculpture instructor at the Elliot Museum and at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida. In 2008 the book Eduardo Gomez : Silent Messages was published. This book with an introduction by art historian Laura M. Amrhein, PHD delves into Eduardo’s art philosophy as well as his development as an artist. Currently out of print, it is available as an E-book from Amazon.

 

 

 

“Eduardo Gomez : Silent Messages”  This book is available as an E-Book from Amazon

 

 

Eduardo’s work can also be seen online at www.eduardogomez.com Eduardo accepts private and public commissions. Eduardo’s work is collected internationally and he has exhibited in National juried sculpture shows and local museums.

 

“El Moro” by Eduardo Gomez 

 

 

For more information about this sculpture, classes, workshops and other works of art contact:
Eduardo Gomez
Website: www.eduardogomez.com
Email: eduardogomezsculpture@gmail.com
501-765-2609
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eduardogomezsculpture
Instagram: @eduardogomezsculpture
Twitter: @eduardosculptor

 

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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Steve Blackwood, Internationally Acclaimed Sculptor, In Three Simultaneous Exhibits in Palm Beach County

Steve Blackwood, an internationally known sculptor whose work resides in Museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Cornell Museum of Art; US government collections and private collections world-wide is having a very busy year. Currently, until October 18, ten of his pieces are on display in the “Reimagined” exhibit at The Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach, FL. Five new medium and large scale works will debut at The Palm Beach Cultural Council in Lake Worth, FL September 11 through November 2015. Steve is also preparing a 10’ tall outdoor sculpture for the City of Boynton Beach. This piece, entitled, “Seed,” will be unveiled September 25 as part of the “Avenue of the Arts”.  Caren Hackman spoke with Steve and wrote this report for us to share with you.

 

 

 

S T E V E    B L A C K W O O D

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Blackwood

                                                Steve Blackwood

 

 

Steve Blackwood will be showing his sculptures in three simultaneous exhibits located in Palm Beach County:

 

“Reimagined”

Exhibiting through Sunday, Oct. 18th

Cornell Museum of Art

51 N. Swinton Ave.,   Delray Beach

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed major holidays

Cost: $5 suggested donation

Info: 561-243-7922 or delraycenterforthearts.org

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The Cornell Museum of Art has extended its show, which features avant-garde art by 16 artists who employ unusual materials, including recyclables, and innovative methods.

 

 

 

The Museum also will host First Friday Art Walk

 October 2, from 6-9 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Caren Hackman shares,  “I was intrigued by Steve’s work at the Cornell Museum and thrilled when The Rickie Report approached me about interviewing Steve. I wanted to know all about his process”.

 

"Poppy" by Steve Blackwood

                                   “Poppy” by Steve Blackwood

 

Among the artists on display at “Reimagined” are Palm Beach County-based Steve Blackwood. He frequently combines wood, steel, neon and fiberglass. By joining the individual elements to create new objects, he gives them renewed life.

 

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Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

“Made in Delray Beach”

September 11 through October 31

Free and open to the public:

Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
The Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building

601 Lake Avenue | Lake Worth, FL 33460

PH: 561-471-2901      FX: 561-687-9484
info@palmbeachculture.com

 

 

 

Before The Cultural Council Show

 Steve Blackwood with Sculpture Before The Cultural Council Show

 

 

For many of his smaller pieces, Steve works with found objects. For the smaller pieces, he experiments with position and relationships until the assemblages look just right. The larger pieces are planned more carefully because of the time and cost involved with experimenting. Many sketches are begun in photoshop which allows him to simulate how parts will come together. When needed, Steve uses Ebay and Etsy to get parts for some projects. When the items in his imagination cannot be found, he calls upon other artists and craftspersons to fabricate items.

 

 

 

 

"Inertia: Inertia Velocity Machine" by Steve Blackwood

        “Inertia: Inertia Velocity Machine” by Steve Blackwood

 

 

For the clock he will exhibit at the Palm Beach County Cultural Council show Steve wanted wrought iron legs, like those he had seen on an artist friend’s work who has a foundry. Steve asked to have some fabricated for his clock.

 

 

"Seed" Drawing by Steve Blackwood

                         “Seed” Drawing by Steve Blackwood

 

 

 

A large piece that is at the Cornell has “rocket legs.” Those started as  cardboard cutouts, then were cut from plywood with steel banding added. Blackwood’s pieces are made to look like they have “always existed.” That means that the newer fabricated pieces are distressed and patinated to give them their timeless appearance.

 

 

Blackwood,Marcusa, Matt

                                   Blackwood,Marcusa, Matt

 

Steve’s studio is occasionally filled with more materials one can possibly imagine. One piece in the Cornell, “Inertial Velocity Machine”, sprang from an ultimatum Steve’s wife gave him. She asked that he acquire no more “stuff” until he used some of the parts that he had already on hand in the studio. The playful “Velocity Machine” has working headlights (which did eventually have to be purchased). On occasion Steve allows Museum visitors to play with the works of art.

 

 

 

 

Sculpture by Steve Blackwood

                                   Sculpture by Steve Blackwood

 

 

 

 

Steve holds a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago as well as AAS degrees in Advertising, Design and Marketing and has taught at the college level.  Steve simultaneously developed his sculpture and design careers over the course of 25 years. As an art director, his clients include Playboy, Smithsonian, Time-Life, NY City Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Mastercard and VISA.

 

 

Avenue Of The Arts

Boynton Beach, FL

 

 

Opens September 23, 2015

 

Artists Reception

Friday, September 25, 2013

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Civic Center

128 East Ocean Avenue    Boynton Beach, FL

 

Contact Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Art Administrator, at 561-742-6026 for more details.

www.boynton-beach.org

 

 

 

The Avenue of the Arts installation will begin September 23, 2013. Twelve new artworks, by eight artists, will be installed along the streets in Boynton Beach’s Civic/Cultural District. This is the seventh year for the Avenue of the Arts “on loan program”. Local, and national artists, submitted their artwork for the Arts Commission to select, and site, for the year-long outdoor exhibit.

 

 

 

 

An Avenue of the Art Artists Reception is planned for Friday, September 27, 2013, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at The Little House, 480 East Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach. Hors d’ Oeuvres, and drink specials, are provided while officials, art patrons and the public can mingle with the Avenue of the Arts artists to learn more about their artwork. Special eco-friendly electric vehicles, provided by iJoyRides.com, will transport people to tour the Avenue of the Arts. The Avenue of the Arts is a easy walkable tour from The Little House location. Please contact Debby Coles-Dobay for information and reservations.

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"Seed" Placement in Boynton Beach Avenue Of The Arts

      “Seed” Placement in Boynton Beach Avenue Of The Arts

 

As a sculptor, Steve has shown in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, and currently throughout Palm Beach County where he resides and owns a Gallery and Studio.  He is a master of materials, often combining wood, steel, neon and fiberglass.

 

 

 

 

Steve Blackwood teaching at Milagro Center

                Steve Blackwood At Milagro Center

 

 

Steve is the Director of the Arts Fusion Foundation. Sculpture, painting, glass fusing, pottery, dance and music are integrated into elementary at-risk youth programs. This outreach program involves artists of Artists Alley in Delray Beach, as an extension of the foundation’s overall impact agenda. More information can be found at Artsfusionfoundation.org. Artists from Artists Alley in Delray Beach have been involved with teaching at the Milagro center as part of this program. Steve can currently be seen in television commercials for the Milagro Center and an article will be coming out in the Sun Sentinel for his volunteer efforts with the Center.  Steve teaches sculpture, Bob Schmidt teaches glass, and Susan Romaine teaches painting.

 

Susan Romaine at Milagro Center

                   Susan Romaine at Milagro Center

 

 

Steve tells us, “Ongoing neuro-stimulation is key in development. Providing multiple streams of input is a power boost of learning excitement. The “fusion” of elements provides new ways for young people to look at their world; the ability to transform and create new paths for their future; a source of inspiration which gives them a strong sense of self and their ability to create change in their world”.

 

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Steve was the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Heritage Foundation from 1994 to 1999; and is currently a board member of the Public Art Advisory Board in Delray Beach, FL. He has 5 daughters and one son who all share his interest and excitement in the arts as actors, musicians, painters and sculptors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Steve Blackwood please visit:

 

http://www.steveblackwoodstudio.com

delrayartist@yahoo.com

His work is represented by Cacace Fine Art in Artists Alley, Delray Beach. Studios are located in Delray Beach and Boca Raton, FL.

 

 

 

 

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/.

Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

www.carenhackman.com

 

 

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