A long way from Wall Street

I had the pleasure of sitting down recently with Pontus Willfors, another of the dozen or so new artists in the Artists’ Studio Tours and Special Exhibits, to talk about life, art, and work.

After a ten-year career in finance, Willfors cashed in his chips and went back to school — at Cal Arts. He graduated last year.

The main interest underlying his work is the “phenomenology of form” — questioning how we identify and understand the characteristics of both natural and man-made forms. Here’s a shot of one of his recent installations:

I was lucky enough to don my protective eye gear, face mask, and ear plugs and watch him tackle his current project, chain saw and all. Have a look!

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