Jeffrey Jon Gluck — Sculptor

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Jeffrey Jon Gluck

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Artist Statement

March 2013

The world of symbolic images is alive with vibrant potency. From the teachings and insights of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung, we have learned that meaning, knowledge, wisdom, understanding and realization are inherent within the realm of symbolism. The potential of “liberation by seeing” is always a constant reality.

I choose to work with the basic shapes of circles and squares or Ensos, Mandalas, Brahmandas and Pujas. Endless variations are possible by combining them and arranging their relationship. My inspiration comes from the Yogic Arts and Architecture as well as the Zen or Dharma Arts. Traditionally, Ensos are known as “circles of enlightenment”, as they represent the mind of the master who drew them. Brahmandas are oval forms that resonant the vibratory frequencies of generative energies. Pujas are ritual events, practices of purification. I use the term to refer to grid-like spatial organizational patterns which can be seen as nodal points of wave interference patterns.

Sculptural images are manifest through the elemental materials of iron and copper. Spontaneous color and patterns of fluid turbulence are achieved by chemical transformations. Meditation practice is part of my method and creative process. It is my intention that my artwork offers people a sense of solace and repose in their busy lives.

Art and Peace,


January 2002

You know the feeling that happens when you think about the Earth, its history and development, that sense of geologic time when things slow way down and the mind sighs a sigh of relief.  Or, when you look into the vastness of the clear night sky and your whole being takes on a quality of lightness, expansiveness – and time stands still.  It is this sensation, the movement from the relative to the absolute that motivates my endeavors as an artist.

By following subtle clues gleaned through thought, sensation and inner quiet, certain attractions and recurring interests are stabilized to the point of manifestation.  This takes place through thinking and drawing – my visualization process.  The thinking relates the image to the techniques I use and the materials I work with.  I have always been drawn to metals: their structure, origin, pervasiveness, color, malleability, and light reflectance, as well as earth – the basic material we not only stand on but rely on for life itself.

By working with a few primary elements, opportunities for “choice” are brought about.  To decide on a sequence or respond to actions taking place from a center of intuitive knowing becomes a guided activity.

The expression that comes from this experience is a well-crafted object that transcends its relative limitations.  By interacting with the spontaneity of occurrences through materials, chemistry, elements and natural forces, visual opportunities are recognized.  The action of seeing and sensing can be transposed to the object and perceived by an observer or just exist for a brief duration.

What is transferred through the work at its highest may be some quality of insight, a sense of knowing, a peace or connection, perhaps even an insight into self.  This is the reason for doing the work.