Rick Lazes is a North Carolina sculptor who has been creating sculpture in different mediums for three decades. He has worked in several media including wood, plaster, stainless steel and marble. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in architecture and sociology, and is an inventor and the holder of several patents for innovative environmental friendly technology. Rick lives and works on Lake Norman near Charlotte.
Rick's current sculpture, a hard wood series titled "The World is Bending", makes a social statement about the changes and challenges that people around the world are encountering in the 21st century. In order to create the complex designs for the series, Lazes developed a proprietary steam bending process that is protected by pending patents. These works are truly one of a kind.
In his artist statement, Rick explains his connection with his viewers:
Art should be about the relationship between artist and art lover.
Sculpture is meant to be beautiful, balanced and tactile. I see sculpture as an aesthetic wonder of fusing balance with tension, structure with elegance and asymmetry.
My goal is to take natural materials and create unique shapes and forms. Currently my medium of choice is wood (walnut, cherry, ash, maple and poplar) which I steam and bend into organic forms. This exposes the natural beauty of the grain and entices spectators to engage and study each piece up close. Viewers are encouraged to walk around my work in order to see it from every possible angle and to be captivated by its beauty.