Floyd Elzinga

ARTWORK

Landscape

Floyd Elzinga

Landscape

Coated Steel

4 x 12 x 3 in (10.16 x 30.48 x 7.62 cm)

Landscape 2

Floyd Elzinga

Landscape 2

Coated Steel

4 x 12 x 3 in (10.16 x 30.48 x 7.62 cm)

Pine Cone #19-680

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone #19-680

Stainless Steel

5 x 4 in (12.70 x 10.16 cm)

Pine Cone #19-682

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone #19-682

Stainless Steel (Heat Treated) - Gold Colour

7 x 5 in (17.78 x 12.70 cm)

Pine Cone #19-684

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone #19-684

Stainless Steel (Heat Treated) - Gold Colour

7 x 6 in (17.78 x 15.24 cm)

Pine Cone #19-690

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone #19-690

Oxidized Steel

7 x 5 in (17.78 x 12.70 cm)

Pine Cone #19-733

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone #19-733

Oxidized Steel

6 x 4 in (15.24 x 10.16 cm)

Pine Cone #19-734

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone #19-734

Oxidized Steel

6 x 4 in (15.24 x 10.16 cm)

Pine Cone #19-735

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone #19-735

Oxidized Steel

9 x 6 in (22.86 x 15.24 cm)

Pine Cone #19-737

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone #19-737

Oxidized Steel

7 x 6 in (17.78 x 15.24 cm)

Pine Cone #19-739

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone #19-739

Stainless Steel

8 x 6 in (20.32 x 15.24 cm)

Pine Cone 12 - #20-045

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone 12 - #20-045

Weathering Steel

0 x 12 in (0 x 30.48 cm)

Pine Cone 20 - #18-635

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone 20 - #18-635

Weathering Steel

0 x 20 in (0 x 50.80 cm)

Pine Cone 24 - #19-750

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone 24 - #19-750

Weathering Steel

0 x 24 in (0 x 60.96 cm)

Pine Cone 48 - #19-105

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone 48 - #19-105

Weathering Steel

48 x 28 in (121.92 x 71.12 cm)

Pine Cone 48 - #19-509

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone 48 - #19-509

Weathering Steel

48 x 28 in (121.92 x 71.12 cm)

Spruce Cone #19-634

Floyd Elzinga

Spruce Cone #19-634

Stainless Steel (Heat Treated)

9 x 3 in (22.86 x 7.62 cm)

Spruce Cone #19-635

Floyd Elzinga

Spruce Cone #19-635

Stainless Steel (Heat Treated)

5 x 2 in (12.70 x 5.08 cm)

Spruce Cone #19-706

Floyd Elzinga

Spruce Cone #19-706

Stainless Steel (Heat Treated)

7 x 3 in (17.78 x 7.62 cm)

Windswept (FE12086)

Floyd Elzinga

Windswept (FE12086)

Metal and Stone

27 x 26 in (68.58 x 66.04 cm)

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Floyd Elzinga
I am drawn to the distinction between polar opposites. Subsequently, duality is an underlying theme in my work. I employ natural and non-traditional sculpting materials to create conceptual sculptures, but more than a decade of steel fabrication has made metals my dominant choice of materials. I was initially drawn to using steel as a material because of its plastic nature. It is a common, fast working material that is very forgiving allowing me to sketch my thoughts in line-drawing style panels and persuasively formed sculptures. As a sculptor, my work is predominately three dimensional, but recently I developed ‘painter envy’ and decided to work “two dimensionally”. This direction gave rise to a series of landscapes where the process became part of the content. I use my welder as a pencil, and my grinder as a paint brush. Nonetheless, these ‘paintings’ are on steel, the pallet is rust, and the work is still three-dimensional. These landscapes have moved from stylized memories of idealized wilderness to actual locations from around Canada. Some works pay homage to the quintessential Canadian landscape made popular by the Group of Seven and others are conjured from memory. My current focus is on seeds and most specifically pine cones. I choose to use the pinecone not only for its complicatedly beautiful geometric natural form but more so for the fact that it is a seed. I am interested in a seed’s reason for being. The seed’s central goal of colonization is reaffirmed by the fact that these large metal pine cones have more in common with machinery and artillery than the natural shapes they resemble. The art I create is a tangled web of pronouncement and investigation summarized in a tangible and critical display of unsettling beauty. My work is simultaneously eternally optimistic and fatally pessimistic but rarely without a hint of humour or glimmer of hope.
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