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Kinetic sculpture wizardry

 Posted: 2:00 AM August 31, 2006

The kinetic sculpture wizardry of Medford artist Richard Jarel will continue to be featured at David Bjurstrom Studio Gallery through September along with new drawings and prints by the nationally recognized artist and gallery owner, David Bjurstrom.


A special effects designer whose work has been seen in many major motion pictures, Jarel creates wildly innovative kinetic sculptures. His work embodies movements that are elegant, striking and effortless while evoking both a contemporary look and the feel of fantastic Jules Verne-like machines.


He has said the purpose of his work "has always been about transporting hearts back in time to a moment in our childhood when life was simpler and the depth of our questions regarded pondering how superheroes really flew, the true source of 'Silly Putty' and when the ice cream man would show up..."


Two of his larger works can be seen at the entrance to Ashland's ScienceWorks Museum and he recently had a commissioned piece placed on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art.


Jarel's artistic flair and sense of design has earned him several international first place design awards including Business Week's IDSA Silver medal (1999) and Time Magazine's top 10 design award for 2000.


He has created toys for characters including Batman, Superman, Masters of the Universe, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Barbie. His long client list includes names like Mattel, Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Northrop/Grumman, 20th Century Fox and Buena Vista Television. Jarel's work has also been featured in Architectural Digest, Playboy, Bloomberg, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Details, Premier and Industrial Design Magazine.


Copernicus.jpg "Copernicus" kinetic sculpture, copper and cloth, 24" x 36" x 8", by Richard Jarel


SalmonFlight.jpg "Salmon Flight" bas relief sculpture, epoxy and wood, 24" x 42" x 10" ", by Richard Jarel


Escape!.jpg "Escape!", graphite pencil drawing, 24" x 36", by David Bjurstrom