Sculptor Francis Fox Tackles the Tactile with Scapes: Internal and External 

click to enlarge "Manna" by Francis Fox merges the ancient and modern with what appears to be a stone ruin sitting atop a piece from a child's game of jacks.

Lex Nelson

"Manna" by Francis Fox merges the ancient and modern with what appears to be a stone ruin sitting atop a piece from a child's game of jacks.


Francis Fox
's new exhibition, Scapes: Internal and External, is an adventure in texture. From delicate metal leaf flakes to intricate swirls left behind by a 3D printer, each work on display at the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City is rich in pattern and so tempting to touch, the magnetism is difficult to convey in photos.

click image The towering shape of "Babble" by Francis Fox may be a reference to the Tower of Babel origin myth. - LEX NELSON
  • Lex Nelson
  • The towering shape of "Babble" by Francis Fox may be a reference to the Tower of Babel origin myth.
When he isn't sculpting, Fox, who has earned national acclaim with exhibitions in New York, Montana, Wyoming and even New Delhi, India, teaches as a Professor of Art in Sculpture at Boise State University. According to his website biography, his current work "combines digital processes with traditional metal casting techniques to create elemental forms and provocative sculptures."

Scapes, which is up through Saturday, Nov. 25, comprises 30 of Fox's sculptures and mock-ups, which are crafted in a wide range of materials including bronze, stone, aluminum, wood and PLA plastic. The majority of the work is abstract, with the exception of three long-legged horses, a metal leaf-covered horse head and a handful of plastic renderings that evoke landscapes—but even the abstractions have natural themes, clearly reflected in their titles, such as "Rock Valley," "Oxbow" and "Island." These works suggest a natural world undermined by splashes of color that seem artificially bright.

Fox explores a variety of seemingly interior landscapes in his work as well, from veiled biblical references ("Babble") to juxtapositions of the ancient and modern ("Manna"). VAC is only open on Saturdays, so you have just two opportunities remaining—Nov. 18 and Nov. 25—to check out Scapes.
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