Scaler by P. Roch Smith

33 × 17 × 7 inches
83.82 × 43.18 × 17.78 cm
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Cast in bronze, a toy soldier in WWI uniform crouches at the foot of a bare, leaning tree and wraps one arm around the trunk. The cylindrical steel base of the table top sized sculpture is painted white. The title of the work may refer to the job of the log scaler in the timber industry. The scaler measures cut trees to determine the scale (volume) and quality (grade) of the wood to be sold and used in manufacturing. "Using toys as a foundation material is a natural fit that I have gravitated toward as a means of speaking to my concerns. Toys have always fascinated me – how they function and how their meanings can be ‘read’. For such simple objects toys inhabit a complex space – a space that might not be exclusive to issues of socialization, aggression, domesticity, violence, gender and cooperation. GI Joe, the quintessential embodiment of the male identity, has served as a material and theoretical thread for many of my investigations. " - P. Roch Smith Roch received a BFA (Honours Sculpture) from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (ECIAD - 1997) and an MFA from York University (2003). A teacher as well as an artist, he has taught classes at the University of Waterloo, ECIAD and York University. He currently manages and operates the bronze and aluminum foundry at York University. Roch has exhibited throughout Canada and in the US and his work is included in private, corporate and museum collections in British Columbia, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York.

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