‘Flying contraptions’ the focus of artist talk at Surrey gallery

Ralph Heading is guest speaker at Thursday Artist Talk event on Oct. 6

Work by artist Ralph Heading

NEWTON — A maker of contraptions, local artist Ralph Heading uses the most miniscule of found objects to create mobiles of boats, planes, spaceships and even turtles.

Heading, a retired carpenter who lives on the shores of Boundary Bay, is the next guest speaker in Surrey Art Gallery’s Thursday Artist Talk series, on Oct. 6.

That evening, he will share his “re-purposed junk creations” and the stories and travels that inspired them.

Heading says his mobiles “are influenced by the history of travel and the great era of steam. Both the fascination of motion with the imperfections of life, and the challenge of depicting moving objects, capture my imagination and sense of wonder.”

He uses materials found lying around, and is a frequent visitor to “dollar” stores that provide him with cheap LED bulbs that he embeds in the sculptures. At night, the objects take on a spectral appearance.

The event on Oct. 6, which runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m., will include time for questions and conversation. The gallery is located at 13750 88th Ave., at Bear Creek Park. For more event details, call 604-501-5566 or CLICK HERE.

 

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