John Sabourin: Riding the Wind
September 15 - October 6
Rounded volumes swoop and furl, pierced with negative spaces, while bird forms play across their surfaces. John Sabourin’s new carvings represent eddies in the wind or air currents upon which eagles and ravens soar. In one work, Carried by an Eagle, the artist has represented a sinuous vertical form that is topped with an eagle carrying a man within the folds of its wings. In Ravens in the Wind, three birds fly laterally across gusts of air made tangible through Sabourin’s skillful handling of the stone. Two other works, Flying Eagle, and Flying Raven are variations on this theme, all exquisitely expressing the joy and freedom of riding the wind. In a fifth work, a raven perches on a rock staring intently ahead, crouched low with its mouth agape. Chlorite is John Sabourin’s preferred material, a stone that has a greenish tinge when left mat, but which deepens to a sumptuous shade of black when polished. These new works illustrate not only Sabourin’s facility with handling the stone, but also his poetic vision of birds in flight.