Interview with local artist and founder of "Cranky Yellow," David Wolk. His figure, Study of Woman of Willendorf, is on display in Westminster Press Roadside, a window gallery on Compton, just south of Cherokee.
Can you tell us a little bit about the pieces you're planning to show at Westminster Press?
I have created a soft sculpture study of Woman of Willendorf. This work is based on a paleolithic limestone sculpture of a woman; estimated to have been created between 28,000 to 25,000 BCE. Very little is known about the sculpture. It is an ancient and symbolic representation of the female form.
How does the theme of "Bodies" enter your work?
My sculpture is adorned with rows of fabric, beads, plastic, jewelry, paper, and feathers. The entire surface of the body is covered in this way. Parts of the body associated with fertility and child birth are enlarged suggesting motherhood, reproduction, and creation.
What artists currently inspire your personal practice?
Locally i love the art of Lola Ogbara, Vincent Stemmler, Basil Kincaid, and Nina Ganci + Skif, to name just a few.
How do you feel about working in St. Louis?
I've been working in the arts for over 10 years in STL. People tell me it has changed but I don't really think it has changed at all. There has been good art happening, all around the city, the entire time and it keeps flowing.
What are you most excited about this summer?
My friend Nick and I have co-written a new pop music project for Cranky Yellow and i'm excited to release it this summer.. or fall :3