George Orbelian on Sculpture
Sculpture Department Surfboard Project – I was first exposed to creating sculpture through learning from Stephen De Staebler at San Francisco State. Watching Stephen De Staebler work on his close to life size ceramic figurative abstracts was fascinating to me. When we had to decide on a sculpture project, I asked Stephen if I could build a surfboard. Stephen replied, “Yes,” and added, “By the way – how do you learn how to build a surfboard?” I answered, “You learn from someone that knows.” Stephen smiled and said, “That’s great – real folk art, passed down from master to apprentice – go ahead!” The board I’m holding in the photo was the board I built for that sculpture class. The board was displayed for about a month in the art department hallway at San Francisco State University. I built the board with the helpful advice and tutelage of Bob Wise, Kevin Moore, Domond Lee and Bill Bergeson. It was built at the Wise Surfboards factory in San Francisco where I worked while going to San Francisco State.
“I enjoy experiencing and creating sculpture – the way shapes change in space and the way lines interact with each other and their environment always intrigues me.”
Richard Serra – Walking through Richard Serra’s sculptures is the closest I’ve come to surfing on land.