A new show featuring artists Jan Brieschke and Brett McDanel, entitled "The Mind's Eye" will be on display Aug. 3 through Sept. 2 at Paseo Originals Art Gallery, 2920 Paseo.
Norman artist Brett McDanel, also known as “The Crazy Bird Man,” constructs industrial steampunk sculptures from found objects and bone. For the last six years McDanel has spent his free time scouring the streets and the scrap yards for parts that, to most people, are insignificant.
“When walking down the street you find a random piece of metal that doesn’t belong there. All by itself, it’s just a piece of metal, but when you place it with other objects, it becomes something bigger ... a part of something. All together these creations have a place.”
Using his background in construction he upcycles gears, widgets, thingamabobs and other found parts, animating them into action as featherless fiends, clawed cats, humanoid busts, edgy furnishings and other items. He does not sketch or premeditate the designs, he says. McDanel envisions the pieces assembling in his mind's eye and attacks his hoard of jumbled parts with welding torch and grinder in hand. For the feature exhibition of his work this August McDanel will showcase more than 20 new up-cycled works of art.