About the Studio

 

 

ART KILLIAN STUDIO

I like to make objects that surprise. Beginning within an accepted convention, I enjoy following an unexpected path away from it, coaxing fresh interpretation from established traditions without abandoning the conventional altogether. I strive for grace and buoyancy from the solid and sensible, and animation from the traditionally static.

Using common copper and brass fittings, the lamps are assembled by standard plumbing methods. Bending the arms of the lamp is something akin to “drawing in air” as one would take a pencil to paper. Each is hand-bent in response to the movements of those around it- much like a bird moving with the flock.  Often, I work in concert with my brother and woodcarver, Dale Killian, whose “songbird decoys” often find their way into the lamps. The fleeting nature of the bird creates a quiet tension when, for a moment in time, it seems to interact naturally even though resting in completely unnatural circumstances … whimsically out-of-context yet oddly at home. The lamps are organic, but they aren’t meant to be overly literal in their interpretation of natural things. They’re about movement, but they’re also about isolation and the nagging feeling of being out of place.

BIO: I earned a BA in watercolors and studied Fiber (Weaving) in an MA program at Illinois State University. Before completion, life caught up. I settled into fatherhood and tended landscapes and gardens until retirement. However, my ever-constant need to make things stayed with me. Now, thirty years later, I have found a new sense of direction and maturity by working with common materials in uncommon ways.

 

MY STUDIO

My studio, a work in progress, is in the middle of the cornfields of central IL. It once served as a farmhand’s house, a chicken coop, home to a flock of carrier pigeons, and a screened gazebo. The screens are now gone, replaced by walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. I’ve installed new flooring, a warm wood stove & have updated the wiring. Antique industrial lamps now light the workspace. New paint on the outside & workbenches on the inside are all that stands between me & production. By winter’s end I hope to have a new inventory.   I’ll keep you posted on the progress!