Lawrence Northey's New Comic Strip features his very own Metal Sculptures!


It is probably an open secret that I am a huge fan of Lawrence Northey's metal figures. I just can't get enough of the humorous characters he creates. When I found out that Lawrence had embarked on a new project, a comic book in which he features some of his sculptures (a marketing "stroke of genius", in my mind! ), I had to ask him some questions about that right away. Enjoy the interview!


 

 

BM: Please give us some background about your comic book "Approaching Nowhere":


LN: The story for me has always come first. Even in a commission situation, I try to get an idea of the client before I begin creating something for them; analogous perhaps to Frank Lloyd Wright's approach to building.


I believe that is why people's comments on my work is so often, "your characters seem so alive" or, "they have so much personality." It's because my figures all have their own story, I know them. My work has never been "just sculpture" to me, ever.

 
My story, which is the basis of this comic, is really the grandaddy story of them all. I wrote the premise for it way back in the early nineties. Until recently, "the story" was thousands of small scraps of paper stored in sketchbooks. After injuring myself and being forced to take it easier, my incredibly awesome, best friend/partner/wife, Julie, suggested I create this comic. So I did. My first attempts were pretty amateurish but I got better at it as I went along. I eventually reached a point where I was completely satisfied and that effort has become, "Approaching Nowhere".

 
This is a story in which humankind has mysteriously disappeared off the face of the Earth. A small group of robots, lead by Motorcycle Girl, are searching for a way to bring them back. The story begins with Motorcycle Girl and her Entourage journeying to the home of a deceased archaeologist, Thomas Wembley. In their search for answers they will uncover a hidden past.

 

 

 

BM: All the figures in the comic strip also exist as actual sculptural objects. What came first: The actual figures made in metal or the drawings in the comic strip?

LN: I struggled with this seemingly simple question for quite awhile. It's difficult for me to say absolutely where one begins and the other ends. I suppose the sculptures of the characters literally came first. My best analogy for the process I developed for the illustrations in, "Approaching Nowhere": the hands drawing each other by MC Escher (http://uploads3.wikipaintings.org/images/m-c-escher/drawing-hands.jpg)


 

BM: Do you sketch by hand or with a computer?

LN: I draw using a combination of both. The computer allows me to fulfill my vision without any compromise.

 

 

BM: Do certain personality types you encounter in your life inspire you to create certain characters? Can you give us an example?

LN: Absolutely, it also allows me to vicariously play act many of my own. To give you an example: the dichotomy of "Motorcycle Girl" is that she appears beautiful but, can be a fierce opponent if provoked.

"Speak softly, and carry a big stick", is how President Theodore Roosevelt put it. To symbolize this, Motorcycle Girl has on one hip a holstered weapon and the other, a lovely, heart shaped purse, which, when opened, reveals a music box. Many of Motorcycle Girl's attributes were inspired by the love of my life, Julie. The number fifty-six appears on Motorcycle Girl's right side, the year Julie was born.


 
BM:  Do you plan to market the comic separately from the metal sculptures, are the comics a means to enhance visibility and sales of your sculptural work? How and where do you market the comic currently?

LN: I would prefer to exhibit the comic and display together. "Approaching Nowhere", dovetails with the sculptural display. The graphic novel is a way of illustrating the ideas which, have inspired my sculptural work from the start. I see the comic as a program given to an audience before the performance. My goal has always been to communicate and create accessible art.
 



BM. Do you think that the audience for your comics is different than the one for your sculptural work, or do they overlap?

LN: I think it's the same audience, I've been talking about this idea for a story ever since I started creating sculpture. Wise collectors have responded to the sculptural work but, then purchased it because of the story. They understand that at some point this thing will take on a life of its own and become a commercial property, they're getting in on the ground floor ;)



 

 
BM: What is your next project?

LN: That's a good question. Illustrating this story has been my motivation all along. The sculptures were my way of creating the story's characters. I have three more books to complete in this four part series, I think I'll focus on that for awhile and see what happens.

 

BM: Thank you, Lawrence!

 

Approaching Nowhere is available from IndyPlanet:

http://www.indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6919

 

Lawrence Northey's website:

http://robotart.homestead.com/lawrencenorthey.html

 

Images top to bottom:

"Motorcycle Girl"

"Approaching Nowhere" Comic Book Cover

"General"

"Lucy"

"Wasabe Malisada"

 

All images: copyright Lawrence Northey


Views: 1433

Tags: Approaching, Lawrence, Northey, Nowhere, art, comic, craft, crafthaus, figur, fun, More…funny, humor, metal, new

Comment

You need to be a member of crafthaus to add comments!

Join crafthaus

A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016, Thomas Mann's Gallery I/O April 1 - June 25, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

OFF TO THE RACES:

Rachel and Brigitte got started on their own cooperation. Follow along and comment.

Latest Activity

Wendy McAllister liked Brigitte Martin's blog post Marine Life in Glass - Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka
7 hours ago
Wendy McAllister liked Brigitte Martin's blog post The Wondrous World of Nelly Saunier: Gaultier’s Plumassière Extraordinaire
7 hours ago
Jennifer Merchant and Colleen Baran are now friends
8 hours ago
Brigitte Martin liked Andrea Ring's photo
10 hours ago
Joshua Solomon is now a member of crafthaus
13 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/opendays Open days well underway... UCA Farnham Wednesday 29 October 2014 Saturday 15 November 2014 Wednesday 3 December 2014 Please note: the course talk for BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors,…"
17 hours ago
Brigitte Martin commented on Brigitte Martin's group SNAG
""Forging Entrepreneurs" Presenter Spotlight Chris HentzThe Possibilities of Digital Fabrication in a Small Metals Studio: Flat Pattern Development vs. 3D PrintingHentz presents a variety of ways to use the Rhino CAD program as illustrated…"
17 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"GETTING STARTEDYou’ve got what it takes to succeed, now learn the skills to start in business Have you graduated in the last five years from a certified UK Precious Metal course? Do you need support in developing your business skills?…"
17 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"SETTING OUTAre you looking to set up a creative, design led business? Do you need support and space to plan your next career move? SETTING OUT is the opportunity to achieve your goals.Setting Out is aimed at graduates and working goldsmiths as well…"
17 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"ENTER THE PRECIOUS METAL BURSARY COMPETITIONBe recognised as a star of the futureApplications are now open for the prestigious Precious Metal Bursary Award. This award supports selected, final-year undergraduate students to complete their end of…"
17 hours ago
Brigitte Martin posted a blog post

The Wondrous World of Nelly Saunier: Gaultier’s Plumassière Extraordinaire

Poésie Du nord au sud2011 In January 1997 Jean Paul Gaultier made his somewhat unconventional entry into the world of Haute Couture. Amongst his most memorable offerings for Spring ’97, was a striking parakeet bolero of multi-hued plumage. The aforementioned creation was the handiwork of master plumassière Nelly Saunier,…See More
20 hours ago
Mark Fenn - Studiofenn and Lieta Marziali are now friends
23 hours ago

Instill - Material Matters 2014 - The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, UK

INSTILL- material matters offers an opportunity to experience the recent works by MA postgraduates from The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, one of the most important and internationally renowned contemporary jewelry programs in Europe.

Crafthaus has been privileged to show work from the graduating jewelry classes of the Birmingham City University for the past 5 years in a row. Thank you Professor Astfalck for this wonderful opportunity!

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

© 2014   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service