Acrobat – Bryan Tedrick

Bryan Tedrick is no stranger to Cloverdale as he has exhibited his sculptures in Cloverdale in the past. Many people remember the first visit of Bryan’s "Bull" sculpture in 2010 and its return for the 10th anniversary of the Cloverdale Annual Sculpture Exhibit.

This year Tedrick has a sculpture in Cloverdale titled "Acrobat", which is 78" high x 110" wide x 45" deep and created using steel. This unique sculpture, sponsored by Erickson Fine Art Gallery in Healdsburg, is located on Cloverdale Boulevard across from the Cloverdale Plaza.

"Acrobat" was inspired by Bryan’s son Jakob, who excels in all things physical from martial arts to ballet to yoga. In the process of creating the sculpture, Bryan kept rotating the sculpture to balance in several positions until he found his favorite position for the sculpture.

Tedrick describes his creative process; "There are precious moments when the mind is quiet and I can enjoy my senses without interference. Sculpting, at its best, includes such moments. Balancing space, mass, texture, color, line, pattern, weight, and proportion is a visual pleasure. Harmony is something I feel; analysis is secondary. While I may have a general idea in mind when creating a sculpture, the passages that constitute the whole are a surprise to me. I grab elements that are near at hand, realizing that chance and spontaneity are keys to accessing fresh visual territory. This maundering exploration often involves stumbling corrections and meandering whimsy, but eventually concludes with a satisfying map of the journey."

Photo by Jonathan Bly Ungles