Dynamic Sculpture Installation by Artists Matthew & Jonathan
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Dynamic Sculpture Installation by Artists Matthew & Jonathan
Matthew and Jonathan Stemler, Lilium (detal), 2005, concrete, steel and cypress, Collection of the artists.

DOYLESTOWN, PA.-As part of its ongoing Outdoor Sculpture Program, the James A. Michener Art Museum is proud to announce an installation of sculpture by Matthew and Jonathan Stemler. Through October 15, the Stemler brothers will have several of their kinetic sculptures, inspired by the philosophy and drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, on display in the Museum's outdoor sculpture area. The Outdoor Sculpture Program highlights the work of contemporary American sculptors and is sponsored by Premier Bank.

Bucks County sculptor Matthew Stemler was trained at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and his brother Jonathan is an experienced welder, fabricator, and sculptor. They grew up under the influence of a hard-working and inventive grandfather who took them on Saturday trips to junkyards, and often woke up with a mechanical problem solved by a dream he had overnight. "We share a history and knowledge of land, of its use and of its importance in our lives," says Matthew Stemler. "Some of this must have shaped itself into our curiosity and search for discovery in the texture of the earth, the subtance of water and the subtleties of the air."

Inspired in part by da Vinci's studies of movement, the Stemlers' work is often in motion (or "kinetic"), involving sails, pumps, and wind-driven plows.

Matthew Stemler received his BFA in sculpture from Tyler School of Art and an AD in commercial art from Antonelli Institute. His public collections include pieces at Temple University's Center City Campus and Westminster Theological Seminary. Jonathan Stemler directs and operates a small machine shop in Bucks County. He has been a fabricator and sculptor for over fifteen years. The Stemlers' collaborative work can also be seen in an installation at the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum in Philadelphia.

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