8-31 Exhibit – Floating Steel / Flying Sparks

Aug 31 - Oct 1 | Artworks by Karsten Boysen and Harry von Stark. Metal in two very different applications...


Aug 31 – 11:30 am – Exhibit Opens 
Sept 2 – Saturday 5:30 - 8 pm  – Opening Reception and Art Walk
Sept 3 – Sunday 1:00 pm – Art Talk
Oct 1 – 5:30 pm – Exhibit Closes

In the photographs of Harry von Stark we see depictions of large-scale human industry, the workers sometimes looking dwarfed by the size of the projects on which they work. The photographs in this show give a close-up look at the construction of large ships.

The sculptures of Karsten Boysen emulate nature and the essence of nature. The spirals, bends and crumples suggests metal returning to its unformed state. The works, sometimes colored, seem more epic in size than they actually are.

Karsten Boysen

Artist Statement

Art is all about mystery, stealth, and transformation – to reveal the dynamics of existence.

Boysen - Astral Lotus

Boysen - Astral Lotus

The materials I use are selected by a twist, a bend, a crumple – almost as if returning to a natural state.

My work emulates nature, and the essence of nature – something artists have known from time immemorial — is the spiral, the DNA twist that imparts life to all things. The spiral animates my art.

What we discard today may be the best of what we have tomorrow.

The mind is silenced, the self gets out of the way, and the work is allowed to express itself.

My public art includes Percent-For-Art commissions in Alaska, Washington and Arizona. Currently I my sculpture was displayed at Gallery Without Walls, Lake Oswego, Oregon, and is currently featured in outdoor exhibits in Napa, California as well as Des Moines and Olympia, Washington.

Contact at karsten.boysen@outlook.com

Boysen - Comet Come-On

Boysen - Comet Come-On

Harry von Stark

Von Stark - 3

Von Stark - 3

These are framed black and white prints of varying sizes from a 2 and a half year project document about an ocean going fishing trawler destined for the Bering Sea. The story of a complete build from start to finish is destined for the book project Floating Steel. Unlimited access to the Anacortes WA shipyards enabled me to include various images of men and women constructing steel ships and their repair in the 21st century. For more information: vonstarkphotography.com

Artist Statement

Ships have a primal connection I am attracted to. They have graphic lines and shapes and a sensual attraction that spark my imagination to adventure, danger and rewards. In my past I lived on a wooden boat which gave rise to my passion for architectural romantic realism. After a time photographing wooden boats I gravitated to larger boats and developed an interest in large ocean-going ships which means steel, steel ships.

Von Stark - 1

Von Stark - 1

I started to hang around commercial shipyards where the colossal floating steel structures are created. One day I noticed a piece of steel not more than a foot and a half in length. I picked it up and was shocked at how heavy this small piece of steel was. How does that huge structure I am looking at float when it is pushed into the water! First, let me make it abundantly clear, I am not a builder of things, anything. I am in awe of people that make things. This is a skill set that has eluded me my entire life.

Next my intellectual side vaguely gets it, some sort of air displacement….air Air! My emotional side, my usual place of habitation almost self destructs…floating steel!! How in the…? Hence my three year journey to visually document in cut-glass black and white photographic imagery how you make steel float. Some of the images in this exhibit will be used in and for the coming book entitled, Floating Steel in collaboration with the writer, Jeremiah O’Hagan.


Harry von Stark was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States on a converted troop carrier with his family at age five. Growing up as a child in a new country presented various challenges. The biggest one for him, as for most immigrants, was learning a new language. 

Growing up in Lodi, a small central California town, allowed Harry to roam free and attempt to understand street names, place names, and names in general. Unlike most children, learning began for him with visual rather than verbal associations, which intensified his visual perceptions. That experience became ingrained in his memory throughout his life. He tends to see things more as lines, shapes, and curves—separate from words.

For his subject matter Harry searches out large graphic representations of human industry. His last project was to document the Elwha Dams removal in Washington State, the largest dams removal project in the history of the National Parks Service.

Harry now resides on Whidbey Island with his wife Jan Hoy.


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