Interview With Michael Dunbar

The amazing sculptor, Michael Dunbar, shines a light on what it is that inspires his meticulously engineered artwork.

1. When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Michael Dunbar: I have known since I was a small child that I wanted to be an artist.

2. What inspires you the most?
MD: Highly precise mechanical devices relating to charting a course into the unknown

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“Entity/Twelve” (cast and machined bronze) by Michael Dunbar

3. What is your current favorite medium?
MD: Bronze Sculpture

4. When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
MD: Carlos Santana

5. What piece are you most proud of?
MD: The 21 ft tall, 12 ton bronze sculpture, Euclid’s Cross

6. Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?MD: A successful American Sculptor

7. Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
MD: No.

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Michael Dunbar’s “Bucks Embarkation”

8a.What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
MD: “This exhilarating exhibition presents six large-scale bronze sculptures made since 2006 that reference time, outer space, and navigation—installed around the museum’s grounds and in an open-air courtyard.” Stephanie Rieke Miller, review in the ARTnews Summer Issue 2013 of the sculpture exhibition “Explorations in Space,” At the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan.

8b. The worst?
MD: If you were serious about your sculpture you would sell your car and buy a truck. (A comment made by an art professor to me when I was an undergraduate in College.)

9. What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?MD: Create five new major outdoor sculptures in bronze

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“Twenty-one Twenty” cast and machined bronze sculpture by Michael Dunbar

10. What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
MD: Coffee and a chocolate chip cookie

11. If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be and why?

MD: Michael Dunbar, because he is a happy, generous person who is making the best art of his career.

A big thank you to Michael Dunbar for a great interview!

If you’d like to see his work, stop by the Schmidt today through December 18!

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley

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