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  • “Steely Eye Slim”Steely Eye Slim

    Ya gonna stand there looking stupid.....OR YA PULL THAT HOG LEG!!!!!!

  • “Fish Wreck”Fish Wreck

    Constructed from steel rods, threaded round stock, threaded casting, metal stamping scrap, and shamrocks. Yes shamrocks. Metal stamp formed 4 leaf clovers separated to use as scales. I used both Mig and Tig welding to make it look... well you know dead, but intact. Kind of fossilized. There's some dried tissue holds the bones together as well as a few fish scales for looks. It's 77" long, 38" high, and about 21" deep. I'm not done yet, and I'm still thinking about the stand. I see salt water in its future to make it rusty.

  • “I'm starving.”I'm starving.
  • “Whats a few scales more or less. Mom always said Pappy had all his scales.”Whats a few scales more or less.  Mom always said Pappy had all his scales.
  • “A fish without a tail is like a ship without a rudder. Wow 70 degrees in the shop. Good welding temps.”A fish without a tail is like a ship without a rudder. Wow 70 degrees in the shop.  Good welding temps.
  • “Bone, dried tissue, and some scales?”Bone, dried tissue, and some scales?
  • “Fish Scale”Fish Scale
  • “Look me in the fish eye.”Look me in the fish eye.
  • “Tail end veiw of work in progress.”Tail end veiw of work in progress.
  • “Engraved Brass Name Plate”Engraved Brass Name Plate

    Brass Plate and Dragon Tail Mounted on Black Walnut base. Solid Black Walnut base is 13" W x 55" L x 2 3/8" thick Entire Sculpture 14" H x 13" W x 55" L Brass Plate is 3" x 5"

  • “Draco Astron Oceania”Draco Astron Oceania
  • “Dragon Tail”Dragon Tail
  • “Draco Astron Oceania”Draco Astron Oceania
  • “Dragon Tail”Dragon Tail

    The 400 Million year old Draco Astron Oceania found in Wauwatosa Wisconsin near the Schoonmaker Reef.

  • “Dragon Tail”Dragon Tail

    A 430 million year old creature found in Wauwatosa by Gary Kandziora.

  • “Dragon Tail”Dragon Tail

    Although this specimen looks large it is said that they reached much larger sizes compared to the 7 foot long cephalopods that lived along side the Dragon Tails. The two creatures were not related species. Little else is known about the armored mechanical looking creatures from long ago.

  • “Dragon Tail”Dragon Tail

    A mythical creature said to have lived during the Silurian period some 425-430 million years ago.

  • “Dragon Tail”Dragon Tail

    The Dragon Tail. It is said to be a mythical creature found in the fossilized Schoonmaker Reef. It swam in the shallow sea 425 million years ago.

  • “The Thing”The Thing
  • “Crawler”Crawler
  • “Hard Hat Fool”Hard Hat Fool
  • “Hard Hat Fool”Hard Hat Fool
  • “Look What I Can Do”Look What I Can Do
  • “Look What I Can Do”Look What I Can Do
  • “Look What I Can Do”Look What I Can Do
  • “My Arm Does What?”My Arm Does What?
  • “My Arm Does What?”My Arm Does What?
  • “Flamingo”Flamingo
  • “Ruwenzori”Ruwenzori
  • “Ruwenzori”Ruwenzori
  • “Angel”Angel
  • “Angel”Angel
  • “Angel”Angel
  • “Angel”Angel
  • “Angel”Angel
  • “Locomotive”Locomotive
  • “Locomotive”Locomotive
  • “Locomotive”Locomotive
  • “Sun Spot Space Converges”Sun Spot Space Converges
  • “Sun Spot Space Converges”Sun Spot Space Converges
  • “Sun Spot Space Converges”Sun Spot Space Converges
  • “Even More UFO's”Even More UFO's
  • “Hand of God”Hand of God
  • “Hand of God”Hand of God
  • “Hand of God”Hand of God
  • “Arc's in Space”Arc's in Space
  • “Arc's in Space”Arc's in Space
  • “Look over there.”Look over there.
  • “More UFO's”More UFO's
  • “Look”Look
  • “Yet Another UFO”Yet Another UFO
  • “Stars in Space”Stars in Space
  • “Another UFO”Another UFO
  • “UFO”UFO
  • “UFO what else”UFO what else
  • “Mother Crawler”Mother Crawler
  • “Mother Crawler”Mother Crawler
  • “Mother Crawler”Mother Crawler

    Another Schoonmaker Reef hanging Crawler

  • “Van”Van
  • “Van”Van
  • “Van”Van

    38'' tall, 12'' wide, 10'' deep.

  • “Fertiltiy God”Fertiltiy God

    I can make them but not always explaine them.

  • “Fertility God”Fertility God

    33'' tall, 19'' wide, 7'' deep. Don't get too close you never know. Steel pipe, pipe fittings, steel plate material, stamp scrap.

  • “Crawler”Crawler
  • “Crawler”Crawler
  • “Schoonmaker Reef Crawler”Schoonmaker Reef Crawler

    Steel, sphere, stamped metal fern looking leaves. Sculpture hangs.

  • “Trigger Fish”Trigger Fish

    51'' long, 11'' high, 1'' deep. It made from metal stamping scrap and metal rods. It has 2 small washers welded into it so sculpture can be screwed to a wall and hit the 2 x 4's in the wall.

  • “Mother Nature”Mother Nature
  • “Mother Nature”Mother Nature
  • “Mother Nature”Mother Nature
  • “Mask #1”Mask #1
  • “Mask #1”Mask #1

    10 1/2'' tall, 4 3/4'' wide, 1 3/4'' deep.

  • “Mask #2”Mask #2
  • “Found Object Outsider Art African Hanging Mask #2”Found Object Outsider Art African Hanging Mask #2

    25'' tall, 9'' wide, 21/2'' deep

  • “Cage Sphere”Cage Sphere
  • “Sal”Sal

    Sal close up.

  • “Sal”Sal

    Sal is 43"tall. One of my Abstract works. He's pretty cool.

  • “Steam Locomotive”Steam Locomotive
  • “Steam Locomotive”Steam Locomotive

    36'' long, 9'' wide, 12'' high. This is as old as my Elviss Sculpture I think. Very folky in its development.

  • “Flowers”Flowers

    Spores, cups, gears, and solide balls on steel rods.

  • “Bug”Bug

    9'' long, 11'' wide, 4'' high

  • “Bug”Bug
  • “Bug”Bug
  • “Bugs”Bugs

    I have many bugs. Some can hang from hooks or screwed to trees or walls using lag bolts with rusted heads to match the rusted bugs. The wings are metal stamped leaves that look like wings too.

  • “Erotica”Erotica
  • “Erotica”Erotica

    57'' deep, 36'' wide, 63'' tall. Erotica is made of hundreds of parts. I wanted to make something that stood out and got attention. If she could stand she'd be 7' tall. She comes with or with out the bikini. She has brains, looks, and rust.

  • “Elviss”Elviss

    Elviss is the first large sculpture I made many years ago. He made of junkyad materials and parts from American Science and Surplus. I painted him long ago adding tatoos and a condense story of his sci fi creation. He's 28'' deep, 37'' wide, 80'' tall.

  • “Battle Ship”Battle Ship

    Rough sea's near the Lake.

  • “Battle Ship”Battle Ship

    Cruising through 3rd Ward in Milwaukee.

  • “Battle Ship”Battle Ship
  • “Battle Ship”Battle Ship

    Steel Battle Ship 8' long, 6' tall. Sorry it only floats for a few seconds. Steel of course.

  • “Agony Man”Agony Man

    Agony Man has much to say and express.

  • “Agony Man”Agony Man

    Agony Man is about 6' tall and is distress as I was when I made him to protest factory noise from across the street. I think he served his purpose. He's made of many parts from junkyards.

  • “2 Tower 2 and 3 Tower 1”2 Tower 2 and 3 Tower 1

    Here they are in the 3rd Ward catching the sun.

  • “3 Tower 1”3 Tower 1

    3 Tower 1 was the first of the two towers I made. It has 3 peaks at the top. Thats where it gets its name. Inside is a nest of small flying disc's.

  • “2 Tower 2”2 Tower 2

    Tall found object Assemblage of hundreds of small steel parts welded from the bottom up.

Gary Kandziora

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Intuitive Sculpture
6130 West Martin Drive
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

(414) 745-7241
skandziora1@wi.rr.com

artist bio

Well I'm a self-taught sculptor. I've never had any art training at all. In fact in grade school I was punished for a picture I'd drawn during recess.
I turn scrap metal into works of art using my skills as a metal fabractor. I think you have to include my other work experiences too. Besides metal working the US Navy also taught me indusdrial sewing, and I spent a year in the ships carpenter shop. I'd already spent many semesters in junior high and high school wood shop class.
Then in the factory where I spent many years of my adult life as a welder, I did work for 18 months making custom wooden crates and boxes for shipping.
As a result I know how to repair a canvas tent, create a custom boat cover, make a shipping box for a crane that loads a banana barge in Brazil, weld US Navy Vessels, weld in a shipyard, for Caterpiller, Milwaukee's Deep Tunnel Project, and Monster Mining Equipment.
I should also mention I can turn a bunch of metal scrap from a recycling center (junkyard) into a work of art.
That began with one sculpture I sold at 7 Mile Fair which is a local flea market. Six weeks later my art was in Valleries Gallery on 1st Street about 20 years ago.
That spring I was doing huge flea markets in IL., and being invited to Art Shows in Nappervile and on the campus of Northwestern in Evanston.
At that time I was featured in Milwaukee's Art Muscle which was a honor.
I've done art show from CA to MI, and the Chicago area being my favorite place to do shows.
When the Discover Channel's Extrem Engineering Show did their 1st episode of my last employer who made mining excavators in West Milw, myself as a factory welder was shown, and me as an artist working in my studio in Wauwatosa made it on along with my sculptures.
I went from a small wood framed garage in a Racine low income neighborhood to a owning areal live commercial building in Wauwatosa zoned for light manufacturing.
In my studio I can arc, mig, and tig weld. I can plasma cut or cut with a torch. I can weld steel, stainless, aluminum, brass, and bronze. I know how to gas weld, and mig weld brass to steel.
I made a auto welder that I can make flute, vase or bowl shapes object using only a turning table going round and round allowing a fixed mig welding gun weld layer upon layer of weld bead round and round higher and higher.
I have sculptures with built in speakers where devices like MP3 players can provide the music or sound.
I have full size Velociraptor Skeletons, Submarines, a Battle ship, Space Ships, Birds, Fish, Human Forms, African Art, Garden Art, Ants, Spiders, Flowers, Robots, Aliens, Gods, Abstract Art, and much more.
Contact me at skandziora1@wi.rr.com
414-745-7241
Studio Weld Shop Location 6130 West Martin Drive Wauwatosa

artist statement

Oh boy the Artist Statement. I've always had trouble with these. I truely don't know what to say. I guess thats something you learn in art school. All I can say is my work experiences gave me the skills to cut, weld, and shape the metal parts I use to make my art. I learned to eye ball how long to make a section of leg here, and fingers or claws over there. My work experiences made me into a machine of sorts. An organic machine making one cut after another, one weld after another. Computing which part to use next while still welding. I guess every so often a human machine can do something special the others can't. I'd like to take much more credit for what I can do, but it's just what it is.
I guess I was either the odd one, or the lucky one.

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