Erdman’s sculptures of luxurious wood, informed by studies in architecture and boat building, evoke the elegantly flowing lines of a sailing vessel on the water. His hand carved wood sculptures are culled from deep forest scavenging at his rural homestead in West Virginia. These annual gathering trips are an important part of the healthy life cycle of the land and his artwork memorializes these fallen treasured trees. Yet this process of carving brings new form to the object, a resurrection of sorts, transforming them from a heavy, solid mass into a study in light, air and movement. Significance is placed on the object itself as well as the tension in the air surrounding it, as one would view a sail in the breeze.
David Erdman was born in 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and raised in a creative environment of art and building things. A convergence of a lifetime of experiences influence his full time pursuit of wood sculpting in his Florida studio.
He graduated in 1968 from St Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and continued with architectural studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis through 1971. David’s designs and outlook were greatly influenced by his mentors in both the building and marine industries. Many of the wood sculptures have the energy, beauty, and lines of sailing.
David’s work has been represented in galleries in Florida and the mid-west. He currently resides in St Pete Beach, Florida, where he continues to be inspired by the fluid lines, natural essence and inner beauty of each abstract piece he sculpts.
“The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson