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2013
Process Catalogue for
Willie Birch


Texts— Jennifer Odem,
Ylva Rouse


24 pages
7 x 9 inches
Edition of 1000

Offset
Saddle-stitch binding


Printed in Canada by Prolific Group
Typefaces— Founder Grotesk, Cheltenham and MoolBoran

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Introduction

Homeboy is Willie Birch. It embodies Willie's soul, his connectivity to the microcosm of his surrounds. He goes no further than his backyard or neighborhood to be inspired by the beauty, freshness, originality, shapes and patterns he sees. Any New Orleanian has lived with crayfish mounds to the point of being banal. Willie's heightened sensitivity saw something different and remarkable. Homeboy is inspired by nature's extraordinary creatures but taken to new boundaries by the artist's creative imagination. We are pulled into this piece and mesmerized by the beauty and complexity of its shapes and forms, yet there is also a simplicity in its complications. A siren call draws us into this monumental size bronze and holds and captivates the viewer.

—Thomas B. Coleman









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Ben Gaspar aka "Cat Daddy"
Fabricating Sculpture
Scan of Photograph

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