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Nathan was brought up in the mid-west where his father, a third-generation stone mason, taught him the value of craftsmanship. From this experience grew an appreciation for the working man, as well as a passion for building things with his hands.
His sculptures reflect not only his personal interest in architectural forms, but also a belief that communication plays a fundamental role in our perceptions of the world we live in. His work has always dealt with the conflicts of confinement and freedom and exploring catalyst between the two: building or destroying communication. “The material I use and the process of my work is directly influenced by experience. I come from a mid-west blue collar family that has been in the construction business four generations, and the idea to create sculpture from those same materials seemed natural and permanent. My decision to utilize the benefits of structural steel in my work also comes from being inspired by the fabrication process. I enjoy the dedication and commitment that is required with this material, it helps build character”.
His work has been displayed extensively in juried exhibitions and outdoor sculpture programs across the Midwest, including, The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Sculpture Walk Sioux Falls, SPACES Sculpture Invitational in Huntsville Alabama, and the recipient of the 2013 Lewis C Weinberg Award at Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park.