‘Geometric Construction’ featured in monthly sculpture initiative

Photo by Teresa Lousias
Ray Katz’s “Geometric Construction” is on the plaza behind the Schaefer Building, at the northeast corner of Michigan Avenue in Dearborn.

DEARBORN – Twelve sculptures have been placed throughout Dearborn as part of the community’s 2012-13 Art in Public Places Midwest Sculpture Initiative.

Funding for the project is provided by the Dearborn Community Fund and the East and West Dearborn downtown development authorities. A different sculpture and sculptor is highlighted each month.

“Geometric Construction” by Michigan sculptor Ray Katz is the featured sculpture for January. The sculpture is installed on the plaza behind the Schaefer Building, at the northeast corner of Michigan Avenue.

Constructed from fabricated steel, the painted welded piece is 5 feet tall by 12 feet wide by 5 feet wide. The piece is priced at $25,000.

Katz has created his sculptures in a studio located in Pontiac for more than 30 years. While he has worked in many mediums, he believes metal to be best suited for his work.

Katz uses “abstract” to best describe his work. Over the past 10 years he has focused on outdoor installations and public sites, creating pieces that range in size, contrast and interactive compositions.

Katz’s work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Michigan including at the Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center, Krasl Art Center (St. Joseph), and as part of a Sculpture Tour sponsored by Western Michigan University.

Outside of Michigan, his work has been selected for exhibitions at the International Institute of Technology (Chicago), Polk Museum of Art (Lakeland, Fla.), and Art in Public Places at Texas A & M University (College Station) among others. In 2006, his “Transformation 2,” a welded aluminum construction was included in the Kajima International Sculpture Competition Exhibition in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.

For more about “Geometric Construction” and Katz, view a short segment online at www.cdtv.pegcentral.com/.

Maps and “I Spy Dearborn’s Art in Public Places” cards, which include photos and locations for the 12 MSI sculptures and two Pockets of Perception pieces, are available upon request or on the Dearborn Community Fund web page at www.dearborncommunityfund.org.

For more information about the 2012-13 Midwest Sculpture Initiative, contact the Dearborn Community Fund office at 313-943-5478 or go to www.cdtv.pegcentral.com for an “Art in Public Places” video segment produced by CDTV.