All my sculpture is derived from the process of problem-solving for pleasure – I enjoy the puzzles of balance, symmetry and asymmetry, negative and positive space. The works seldom reference the outside world, yet are often inspired by shapes in nature: circles, curves, diagonals, angles of sheared rock, the yaw, pitch and roll of a bird's flight. Small and human-scale works are often suggested by found objects which can be clamped together in trial fits. Large works grow from cardboard maquettes.
Each scale has its own rewards. Pedestal-sized pieces invite intimacy;human-scale sculptures meet the viewer at eye level; outdoor works juxtapose against the sky. In each case, welding allows the suspension of gravity.
I like permanence and beauty. I like non-objectivity, patterns, the additive process, craftsmanship, variety of texture, verticality and, especially, shaping space.
Space should not be merely occupied; neither should it be controlled; rather, it should be inhabited by a sculpture – for the pleasure of the observer.
Milan J. Kralik, Jr.