Sculpture: "Light Ring"
Artist: Bruce White, Nokomis, Fla., and DeKalb, Ill.
To create "Light Ring," sculptor Bruce White began by manipulating heavy paper and thin aluminum while adding disparate scraps until a new and promising image began to emerge. He then continued adding a number of new scrap elements. White likes the immediacy of joining metal, the ease of altering a configuration, and the ability of a sculptural form to have extended components and achieve significant height without visual exterior supports.
White, whose father was an aircraft engineer who worked with famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, reports being interested in construction for as long as he can remember. White notes that he always has been amazed at what can be made of metal, particularly aluminum, and it was this fascination that led him to start making sculptures with scrap aluminum and steel. White taught art and sculpture at New York's Garden City High School, Queens College and Adelphi University, then at Southern Illinois University and Northern Illinois University. White took early retirement from Northern Illinois University in 1995. Today, he has a large studio in Illinois and a smaller studio in Florida.