Images of The Artist
The 1980’s started out with a move from Missoula, Montana, where I taught ceramics, to Norman, Oklahoma where I would teach Sculpture at the University of Oklahoma. In Norman I had a studio at “North Base”, a decommissioned World War II airbase owned by the University. That is where I really worked on the shoe pieces through 1984. Then I took a couple of years off and lived in the lower East Side of NYC, 1985-86. The studio in New York is where the paper shell works I was doing, including the $1 bill work, really took off. So in 1988, having exhausted my retirement account and having resigned my second tenured position at the University of Oklahoma, I applied for jobs and got a position at the University of Texas at San Antonio which started in 1988 and continues today.
After 1985, I began to work with Harry Geffert at the Green Mountain Foundry in Crowley Texas to cast bronze. During 1988, I had an incredible residency at the Arts Industry Program of the Kohler Company and the John Michael Kohler Art Center, in Sheboygan Wisconsin. That is where I made my first cast iron works.
Early "North Base" Studio,1981; Norman Oklahoma. the starts of several pieces can be seen including "Slave", "Code", and "Wish", all of 1982
Ken with "Wish" 1982
Ken with "Monitor" hat 1983
Ken with "Block" 1985
"North Base" Studio 1986; Norman, Oklahoma
Ken with various Bronze Masks, 1988