The wood sculptures of John Van Dyke are usually contemporary forms that flow together in perfect harmony. The beauty of the wood and the dark and light tones play against one another, creating light and shadows in a relief-like feeling as opposed to a three-dimensional affect. He likes to start with an idea, a jumping off point, and then see how it can be developed. Ideas come from different sources, millstone patterns, Harlowe’s experiments on rhesus monkeys, the Psalms, the war in Iraq, a homeless person, an old hand tool, etc. In the end its not so much the tangible idea that matters, as where it goes from there. He feels successful when he’s done if the original theme is almost forgotten, lost in the world of shapes forms and textures.
Mickey Spencer, Herald Palladium
Great Blue Heron 2017