Dan Engelke

last updated 11/5/2017

Dan Engelke

Professor Emeritus Art and Design at Purdue University

610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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(765) 494-4600

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Board Member - Peninsula School of Art

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Peninsula School of Art - Guenzel Gallery Exhibits

Retired Purdue professor, Dan Engelke, celebrates both land and water with his kinetic, solar-lit, "green" work at Tennison Bay in Peninsula State Park.
Join East Coast sculptor Karl Saliter, and Wisconsin artists Dan Engelke and Bill McKee as the discuss the significance of environmental sculpture in today's society as well their individual experiences regarding creating works that are of- and in turn make personal statements about - the environment.

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"Eco-tivity" is comprised of three components: an indoor installation in the school's Guenzel Gallery, created by UW-Steven's Point lecturer Bill McKee; a sculpture made of stone and steel on the school's front lawn, created by Connecticut-based sculptor Karl Saliter; and a series of sculptures that will float on the waters of Tennison Bay off of Peninsula State Park, created by environmental artist and School of Art board member Dan Engelke.
Redefining relationships between people and places is also at the center of the third portion of "Eco-tivity," Dan Engelke's floating sculpture on Tennison Bay. Engelke's installation is comprised of about two dozen individual sculptures made of cedar and ash wood, fabric, and solar-powered LED lights. Engelke has produced several similar installations in the past, but he tailored this installation specifically to its occasion and location. "I'm using ash because ash [trees are] under a real distress right now in the state," Engelke says. And while Engelke has previously hidden the light sources in his installations, this time he chose to make the light source a visible part of the work. "Energy's too big an issue right now [to keep the light source hidden]. I thought it should be on the piece." Like McKee and Saliter, Engelke hopes his work will encourage his audience to re-evaluate their relationship to nature. "I look at myself as a conductor," Engelke says. "I create instruments, and then I set these instruments out to play in a certain environment for a certain time; then I pull them out. And what do they play? They play the rhythms from where they are." Engelke's instruments will grace the waters of Tennison Bay until August 28, when he will remove the installation.

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