The library is trying to get some information on art we have in the library. We have some things we own and others that are on extended loan and only intermittent certainty about which is which.
I got a hold of one gentleman who had a letter about one of the art items in our Kids department fairly readily, but was prepared for an uphill battle for the creator of not one, not two, but three pieces of artwork: two small (well, 22″H x 21″W x 18″D and 34″H x 24″W x 28″D, respectively) Steel Drawing[s] Of A Tornado and a larger (60“H x 72“W x 65“D) sculpture, the title of which was now missing.
You see, the labels had gotten peeled off of one of the tornadoes and the information sheet was AWOL on the larger piece. Which staff members thought, variously, was named “Wind” or “Juniper Tree” or “Joshua Tree“. And the artist was purported to have moved west (California, Colorado, and Arizona were all cited as possible destinations by staff members who’d been around for this period). Then moved back, then moved again. So consider me unsurprised that a search for the artist’s name – Stephen Winters – turned up dozens of hits in zabasearch.com.
After cold-calling the two local-ish listings that did come up, on the off-chance, I started the next step of my search with the terms: artist tornado “stephen winters”. This actually turned up a useful site, wherein I found the above-linked images and the name of the large sculpture, “Essence of the Wind“. Excellent. Next search, though, including the title and the artist’s name, did not turn up anything more.
Time to pare the terms down a little more: artist “stephen winters”
Hello – Art + Culture has some images for a Stephen Winters whose style looks a bit familiar.. and a website is listed!
Oh, but the domain’s defunct.
Time for The WayBackMachine-!
The January 2012 (latest) capture of the site shows a tattoo artist’s page. Is this the right Stephen Winters? Hard to say…
In 2010’s archives, however, there’s the same colorful rectangle that was the profile icon for Stephen Winters on Art+Culture. And different links! Sculpture 05′-08′ (don’t ask me about the apostrophes) shows “Essence of the Wind“! AND the last link is for tattoos. This seems like a good sign connecting Stephen Winters the sculptor with Stephen Winters the tattoo artist. Who has a tattoo/fine art parlor in Wicker Park!
I called and left a message with a gentleman at the shop. We’ll see if this bears fruit, in terms of the information we seek (specific year “Essence of the Wind” was created, its cost for insurance purposes, and any other identifying information the artist can share with us).
Conclusion: WIN? Fingers crossed!