Beachers have long known Harold Zolte as the proprietor of the Ends bargain clothing store and some are aware of his artistic side. Framed example of Harold’s designs hang inside the store and some very distinctive sculptures are his, too. They are assemblages made from wooden casting forms, dating back to the 1880s.
As Harold winds down his Ends operation, he needs help to deal with the big collection of foundry forms that aren’t finished yet, as works of art. Enter Toronto sculptor, Rob McBride.
Jumbled together, partially painted, don’t some of these things look like cubism that predates Cubism? Just what condo buyers need, to overcome the curse of drywall sterility.
Positive wooden shapes were used to make sand casts. The wooden shapes were removed, leaving negative shapes to receive molten iron and steel. Rob pointed to the train wheels. Other shapes were much harder to identify. Wonderfully steampunk, though.
The pieces are being sorted out, recombined and readied for an upcoming show … hopefully by the time Queen Street fills up with Jazz Festival crowds. Better work fast!
I introduced myself to Ron when I found him working on a 350 pound piece in one of Harold’s stockroom/studio spaces. He’s an easy guy to talk to, with wide-ranging life story. I caught some of it over a coffee today. You’ll find some of it here, on his developing website. Probably, more coffee will be necessary.