David Eisenhour: Dialogue with Nature


David Eisenhour’s work reflects his lifelong inquiries and documentation of the forms and beauty in nature, as well as issues related to the environment. The exhibit includes over fifty individual works and series created in bronze, stainless steel, found stones, cast concrete, coal, and mixed media.

As a child in Northern Pennsylvania, Eisenhour spent his free time in the wild.  He examined his world through a microscope and began a lifelong process of discovering and interacting with nature. At eleven he was given a camera - another window for investigating the outdoors. He pursued his love of nature through black and white photography. He left the army in 1985 and came across a fine art foundry while working as a welder in Virginia. He experimented with turning molten metal into art, and became devoted to creating 3-dimensional sculptures. In 1992 Eisenhour moved to the Olympic Peninsula to work with Riverdog Foundry in Chimacum. He has been working as a sculptor full-time since 2003. He resides in Port Hadlock, WA. 

Dialogue with Nature features six discrete yet related series of work and earlier work – visitors will learn of Eisenhour’s evolution as an artist since the 1980s.  Early work is more representational – later abstract series both document and begin to address specific topics such as ocean acidification. 

Eisenhour portrays and interprets organic forms. Through his artistic processes he tells stories of natural history and human experience. He has created various patina processes and experimented with casting techniques – enhancing the textures, colors, and reflective qualities in his work.

Eisenhour still uses a microscope - a dissecting microscope to study small items he finds in nature. His exploration with seeds, pods, leaves, twigs and insects have led to series of sculptures including Seeds, Lichen, Biomorphic Forms and Narrative Portraits. 

His exhibition will include a dissecting microscope with a large monitor - BIMA will have regularly scheduled times when visitors of all ages can place specimens under the microscope, engage in the artist’s inspirations, and create their own artworks. 

 Winter mandala 72dpi

David Eisenhour, Winter Mandala, bronze | photo: Frank Ross

“I am at heart a naturalist and environmentalist. I love to explore the life of a place. I fill my studio with small bits of inspiration, which I keep in fishing tackle boxes. An entire microcosm to work from - tiny pieces of the natural world gathered from everywhere I go. I can bring an entire trip home with me and then when placed under the microscope another world is revealed…”

"The recognition of the patterns of life that I see triggers a feeling of belonging to something grand. I want to convey these feelings through my work. Inspired by the patterns on the surface of organic material I have placed under my microscope, I've developed methods of texture that honor their complexity.”

 - David Eisenhour

 

Click Here to view a copy of the David Eisenhour: Dialogue with Nature trifold brochure available in the Feferman Gallery.


 

David Eisenhour’s recent solo and two-person shows in Washington include:

Simon Mace Gallery (Port Townsend), Smith Vallee Gallery (Edison), Waterworks Gallery (Friday Harbor) and Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.  He has also shown at Platform Gallery (New York), Gerald Peters Gallery (Santa Fe), and Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary (Jackson Hole). His public installations include those in Lakewood (Gateway Project), Port Townsend (City Hall Annex), Port Angeles (Streetscape Improvements), and Trondheim, Norway (Leif Ericsson Society Memorial).

 

David Eisenhour lives and works in Port Hadlock, WA. His gallery representation in Puget Sound includes Simon Mace Gallery (Port Townsend), and Smith and Vallee Gallery (Edison). Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is proud to present his first solo art museum exhibition. 

 


 

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