Wire Mesh

 Early experiments with mesh as an underlay for ferrocement sculptures led to further explorations in Madison, Wisconsin with sculptures leveraging mesh texture, moiré patterns, and color, initially on the wall and then as freestanding works.

Sails, 1979, steel rod & wire mesh, ~36"h x 42"w x 10"d

Painted Lady, 1979, rod & wire mesh, ~78"h x 36"w x 15"d, in Wingra Park, Madison

Overhang, 1979, rod & wire mesh, ~36"h x 24"w x 42"d

Painted Lady in the 1979 Center Gallery show, Madison.

Grant projects (see public art) stimulated Jon to think further about space and surroundings, leading him to a more architectural style anticipating direct physical interactions with open and airy structures.  Working initially with tabletop pieces such as these shown below, he invited viewers to move through these works in their imaginations as models for constructions in public spaces while standing remaining accessible and visually appealing sculptures in their own right. These pieces attracted local interest and were sold through the Garver Gallery in Madison; one was acquired by the Madison Art Center, now the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art or MMoCA

1980, Diamond, rod & wire mesh, ~15" x 18"x 5"

1981, Cathedral for Hudson Park, 21 1/2" x 20" x 20". Permanent collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

1980, Half Arch, rod & wire mesh, ~18" x 20" x 15"

1981, Pleyben Cross, rod & wire mesh, ~18"h x 20"w x 12"d

An invitational Art in Site show at the Wisconsin Memorial Union Gallery offered an opportunity to create a full-scale wire mesh sculpture, called Aviary.  Following display at the Madison City-County Building, the City of Madison purchased Aviary for future installation in a public park.

1981, Aviary, steel tubing & wire mesh, ~120"h x 96"w x 144"d. Shown with the smaller Cathedral for Hudson Park as part of the Art in Site show at the Wisconsin Memorial Union.

Aviary on temporary display in Madison's Wingra Park. With Jon back in New England, a permanent installation was never arranged.

Now, in Colorado, wire mesh continues as an active sculptural medium, with completed and in-progress pieces shown below.

2023, Intersections, steel rod & wire mesh, 21"h x 10"w x 13"d

2024, Wind Stream, steel rod & wire mesh, 34"h x 32.5"w x 9.5"d

2022, Half Arch, steel rod & wire mesh, 14"h x 8"w x 15"d

2024, Chairscape, steel rod & wire mesh, 21"h x 15"w x 11"d

2024, Totem (unpainted), steel rod & wire mesh, 82"h x 19"w x 34"d