Sculptor takes creative twist on pop culture

Farm Forum

A reception will be held Saturday for Tom Schinderling, whose works are featured this month at the Artworks Cooperative Gallery at Lakewood Mall.

The reception will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the artist will be on hand to discuss his work.

Schinderling, a Huron native, graduated from Northern State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in art with a double specialization in multimedia graphic design and fine arts.

Schinderling’s work consists mostly of soft sculptures with a creative twist on pop culture.

“Different people make art for multiple reasons. Some are political, some are informative, and some have a deep meaning while others are sometimes made for fun,” he said in his artist’s statement. “I like to make art that not only amuses myself, but amuses others as well. I enjoy hearing other people’s perceptions on my work and how it triggers their own imagination and inner child.”

His work is often for his own inner child’s amusement, he said.

“I enjoy toys, comic books, cartoons and the realm of imagination, thus, my art tends to be greatly influenced by these things,” he said in his statement.

Schinderling said his work has been influenced by Picasso’s cubism, as well as other artists who show a skewed view of the world through their own work.

“Cubism feels as though it naturally flows through me when I draw, paint and sculpt. The way my mind takes objects and sees them in a different way I believe plays to my inner child’s way of thinking. I like to try and keep my views of the world around me the way a child perceives it. I believe this makes for a less stressful and joyful outtake on life.”

He uses simple, bright colors to keep his pieces more playful and to attract the eye. The soft sculptures range in size from four inches to three feet.

Schinderling also spends his time working on short films, video editing and playing with “cheesy special effects.” He has worked on a number of films for the Fischgaard Film Project.

Artworks Cooperative Gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and other times by appointment.

Contact Schinderling at the Artworks Cooperative Gallery or by calling 605-725-0913.