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Guinotte Wise

Works mainly in steel and weldable materials and most everything happens in the process; by that he means "I usually don't have a rigid direction. I get so interested in what happens when the material meets other material, new vs. old, or some other disparity, that I allow them to make something surprising. I don't mean to be enigmatic when I say the steel tells me what to do. It really does in most cases. I also like things that seem to have tension."  For Wise the concept for each piece develops in the process and determines the composition of each sculpture. Aided by a certain design sense he has honed from years as an art director in advertising. Working from his sizable junkyard, often an oddly bent rail or a rusty transmission part beckons and helps a piece on the way. In the case of representational work, the materials work in tandem with the source of inspiration during the creative process.  
Much of the process is also guided by the ability to combine elements in only certain ways. Guinotte explains, "If I can't weld it I bolt it. If I can't bolt it, I "trap" it somehow, as in the use of glass or other difficult materials that find their way into the pieces. Mainly I use a welder, grinder and a plasma cutter. Sometime an eight pound maul hammer, or I shape things by running over them with my truck."