The sculpture duo win again the Something New title from BI
Although the Bainbridge Island Public Art Committee’s Something New program is only in its third year, an artist duo have already won the competition twice.
The team of metal sculptor Milo White and glass artist Lin McJunkin recently won the Something New competition with their creation of Fossil II, which was on display on Winslow Way near the Town & Country Market. They also won the inaugural competition in 2018 for their sculpture Iris Flare.
The artifact has since been removed and was sold at a private party after a ceremony last week for the winners of the contest. The artistic team has been recognized by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge members and received a check for $ 1,000 and a letter of recognition from the Town of Bainbridge Island.
“We’ve been working together for about ten years now,” McJunkin said at the ceremony. “We both have our own practices but we also work together. We are delighted that Bainbridge has in some way adopted us.
As for the upcoming Something New competition, the dominant duo are hoping to enter again to see if they can add to their list of accolades and firmly understand this newly introduced art competition.
“Bainbridge has been incredibly supportive of our work and we would love to continue our relationship with them,” said McJunkin. “But it depends on our schedule and if we can take the time from our commissioned work to create a ‘to spec’ job for loans to city programs like this.”
McJunkin said she focuses her artwork on current environmental and social issues, which fits the bill for Fossil II.
“The hexagonal shapes and wavy strands refer to bees and their hives,” she said. “We are concerned about the colony collapse syndrome known to beekeepers around the world, caused in part by the use of pesticides and global warming. We sincerely hope that we learn to control these problems before our precious food pollinators themselves become “fossils”.
For every project pursued by the metal and glass duo, McJunkin said he follows a similar pattern.
“One of us has an idea and the sketch and then brings it to the other for comment and refinement,” she said. “For Fossil II, Milo was interested in hexagonal shapes and put them in two wavy strands. He does most of the design work on a computer and feeds these files to his plasma cutter to cut the steel. He then rolls it up and powdercoats it to protect the steel. His computer models are also used to cut models from ceramic fiber boards into which (I) mold the thick and colored glass sections. (I) use an elastomeric silicone product to cold melt the glass into the metal “cells”. ”
Artist duo background
White is a Sedro-Woolley metal sculptor with nearly three decades of experience in industrial and artistic welding. Using a computer, CNC plasma cutter, and welding equipment, White is experimenting with the interplay of light on layered metallic shapes, according to his bio on bainbridgecurrents.com. Working with McJunkin, he adds highly colored and textured glass shapes to metal frames, creating a new hybrid art form.
“Of the many visual arts, sculpture seems to allow me the most freedom to express myself as an artist and as an individual,” reads White’s artist statement. “Metal sculpture in particular captured my imagination – it also satisfies a quality of my nature linked to my own impatience. Mild and stainless steels are the predominant materials I work with, but more exotic materials are in my future. Ranging from small indoor sculpture to large municipal installations, my work has many sensations, but everywhere my sense of balance, proportion and the use of negative space and light are predominant.
McJunkin is originally from San Francisco and came to the warm world of glass art through traditional stained glass. The gift of a small kiln drew her to the narrative potential of glass, and after a summer at Pilchuck International Glass School, she now has four styles of hot glass to design: cast, kiln-carved, glass paste and cluster fusion, according to his biography.
“The vivid colors of my childhood pencil box and the intrigue of building tall structures with my brother’s metal mounting set laid the foundation for the art I create today,” said McJunkin. “I’m also trained as a science teacher, so that’s where the environmental aspect of my job comes from.
“I went from 2D glasswork to sculptural work about fifteen years ago when I got involved in baked glass,” she continues. “I realized I needed more support for my job so it could be bigger, and that’s when I got into welding. Now Milo does all the metalwork for my job, his and ours. Glass is the only medium I’ve ever worked in, but I do smaller, more personal work for galleries.
While each artist is in charge of the technical aspects of their work, all aesthetic, design and marketing decisions are made as a team.
“Our work often advocates for the health of the planet,” reads the combined artist statement of White and McJunkin. “We focus the ardor of our commitment, as well as that of our ovens and torches, to transforming recycled steel and glass into sculptures linked to the environmental effects of human behavior. We recently touched on issues like glacier loss, energy depletion, and colony collapse syndrome in bees around the world. ”
In addition to Fossil II, the duo have also loaned their other sculptures to over a dozen municipalities from Bozeman, MT to Tucson, AZ. They have permanent public projects in Langley’s Clyde Art Valley, Lynnwood downtown apartments, Mount Vernon siding, as well as two for the town of Olympia on Budd Inlet. White and McJunkin also do many custom projects for private parties.
McJunkin said she wanted to keep making sculptures “as long as I still enjoy it and feel like I have something to contribute to an aesthetic dialogue with my audience. The social traumas of recent years have inspired me a lot for future work.