Hatheway Curatorial is pleased to present “Mr. Sandman,” a selection of sculptures by Sean Sobczak in which themes of nature, fantasy and technology coalesce into surreal studies of form, fun and discovery.
Sandman, Sobczak’s occasional moniker, is a character from western folklore who brings good dreams to children by sprinkling sand in their eyes while they sleep. This name has proven an apt pseudonym for the artist who discovered his life calling toward sculpture in the summer of 2001 while attending his first Burning Man art festival in the middle of the Black Rock Dessert in Nevada. The boundless creativity with which he found himself surrounded incited in him a drive to create, and create he has: with a fervor that takes him working late into the nights, his warehouse door rolled up, and his sparkly universe of friendly creatures beckoning to any and all passers-by. In sharing the inspiration he wrought from the dust-covered festival over a decade ago, Sobczak has become a Sandman himself; a puppeteer sprinkling the dust of his dreams into the sleeping eyes of onlookers.
Using a combination of steel wire, imported fabrics and various forms of illumination, Sobczak uses delicate curves, rich textures and warm colors to infuse his pieces with a gentle, dreamlike surrealism, encouraging the viewer to experience his sultry forms and natural wonders with a
Living the Dream
For me, being an artist is more than painting alone in my studio. I am inspired by other artists, off-beat adventures and spectacle. I curate exhibitions, collaborate on large public art installations, am an occasional color consultant and interior designer and sometimes I sculpt. I seem to do a lot of writing, but that's just business. I live an art-filled life. Thanks for coming along for the ride.