At late dawn of my last morning at the Josephine Sculpture Park, I sat in the black Cushman utility cart at the top of the knoll staring across the rolling, open expanse at either sides of the sculpture-lined entrance road. To the left is a green grassy field. To the right is a meadow mid-restoration: odd heights of brown-gold overgrowth, big stones emerging from the earth at sharp angles, and knotted roots twisting above the lumpy, caked soil. This area of land sits between the entrance and a looming tobacco barn— well-worn and aged. Indeed, this used to be a tobacco field before it was a corn field. Now it’s in the process of growing Kentucky-native plants by seed.

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On the Kentucky River.

I: Buoyancy

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I found myself face-up, staring at the bright, filtered sun. It pushed through a blanket of blue-grey that softly threatened to sprinkle down on me as muffled voices of wayward frequencies waded softly around my submerged ears. I was floating on my back in the middle of the olive-green Kentucky River, surrounded by splashing kids and big kids (adults) and soaring buzzards above.  Floating— I was glad to be floating.

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Resident Sherwin Rio at Josephine Sculpture Park – LAY OF THE BLUE GRASS LANDS

By Sherwin Rio

Me exploring the JSP Grounds.

When I stepped out of the small thirteen-row airplane on Monday morning I was in the Bluegrass state, in the Bluegrass airport, feeling admittedly a little blue. I had recently moved out of a memory-filled art studio space in San Francisco, just completed two jobs I loved, realized I forgot to water my plants at home, said goodbye to a close friend, and hadn’t eaten anything. Sleeping on the redeye flight would’ve also been nice.

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Tyler Gaston Farewell | ISC/GFS Summer Residency

I am sitting here today and cannot believe that the 6-week residency has come to an end.  My time spent at GFS has passed by so quickly, but for me this final stretch of the program has been the most challenging and rewarding.  I leave here tomorrow and am excited to head back home to Pittsburgh.  I am already starting to reflect upon the residency experience, but am only scratching the surface at this point in time. 

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Shohei Katayama Farewell | ISC/GFS Summer Residency

Hand drawn gold sharpie doodle on black acrylic, 80” x 99”

The International Sculpture Center residency at Grounds for Sculpture was a fruitful experience that pushed me to create, reflect, and consider the content of my work and my identity as an artist — I had an exhilarating time engaging in conversations with artists, educators, and staff that I hope to take with me to the future. 

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ISC/GFS Resident | Tyler Gaston: Inspired to Create

Things have settled down a bit since I first arrived at the Residency.  I have found a groove in the studio and have been primarily working on two large projects.  These new sculptures were conceived from life scale models I made during my first week here.  Recently I have been inspired by architectural materials and sculptural forms of mass and weight.  I am also embracing the freedom and permission to create.  As an artist, this experience is psychologically different than my recent time spent in academia.

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ISC/GFS Resident Shohei Katayama | Experiments, Cities, a Beach, and a Plasma Physics Lab

It’s been roughly two weeks since the residency started. My time in the studio has been, to say the least, experimental — not much has been produced. However, it’s been productive in terms of exploring materials, developing prototypes, and appreciating Tyler’s skill and process. As for the time outside of the studio, it’s been exhilarating and adventurous. In the last week I took the NJ transit to New York for delicious ramen and to play with a human powered outdoor kinetic sculpture, drove twice to Philadelphia to attend several art openings, a day trip to Asbury Park to lounge by the beach and feel the sand between my toes, and a visit to Princeton’s Plasma Physics Lab — only to be reminded of how little I know about the Universe. Grounds For Sculpture’s proximity to these locations is ideal for fostering and replenishing creative juice, something that was much needed for my soul.

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