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Iron Will

Iron Will

Iron Will
Series: Fine Art
Medium: Hard forged steel, bound volumes, wood and paper
Dimensions: 2′ x 3′
Date: 2020
Exhibit: “Mending the Divide”, Ventura County Museum, Ventura, CA

This sculpture, for the “Mending the Divide” exhibit, is a reminder that the freedoms we enjoy every day are the results of the mending together of ideals and action.
Ideas alone will not set us free and action alone, without ideals, leads to inequality. Real progress requires an understanding of what has gone before, coupled with vision, creativity and hard work.
In today’s toxic political culture, it is even more important that we learn from the past and work together, without malice or prejudice, to protect all the freedoms and liberty that so many before us have worked so hard to achieve.
Freedom is not free, it is earned by being informed and standing up for your ideals. Don’t be silenced by rhetoric and despair, use the power of your voice and vote.
The sculpture consists of a hand-forged steel needle piercing a World-Book Encyclopedia opened to the section on the history of the United States Constitution. The needle is threaded with red, white and blue ribbons embellished with the words of the Declaration of Independence, the preamble to the Constitution and a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. which states ” Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”

Photography by: Christopher Zsarnay / Z Studios

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Gravity 2.0

Gravity 2.0

Gravity 2.0
Series: Healing arts
Medium: Forged steel
Dimensions: 18″ x 65″ x 10″
Date: 2015
Commission: Available
Location: Ojai, CA

This is another in a series of soothing & healing sculptures exploring gravity and the principles of zen.
The steel form is free-floating off the wall, suspended from a forged iron hanger. The lightly textured metal is accentuated by a natural patina with subtle brown, brass and copper hues, protected with a satin clear coat.
This sculpture was featured on the August 2015 cover of Ventana Magazine

Studio Photos by: Christopher Zsarnay / Z Studios
Location (cover) Photo by: Rudy Loupias

Rejoice! sculpture by Douglas Lochner
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Rejoice!

Rejoice!

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Rejoice!
Series: Healing arts
Medium: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 7′ x 10′ x 10′
Date: 2013
Commission: available
Location: my studio
772 Azure Court, Oak View, CA

Life-size abstract dancers rejoicing as the sun sets on a wonderful day. Fabricated from two inch stainless steel tubing, the seven foot tall forms are free-standing on pivoting steel bases.

I hand forged the maquette in 2011. The full size sculpture was completed in 2013.

Photography by: Christopher Zsarnay / Z Studios

Geo

Geo
Series: Museum works
Medium: Forged Stainless Steel, Copper, Cast Glass, LED illumination
Dimensions: 54”h x 24”w x 3.5”d
Date: 2012
Commission: “American Glass Works” exhibit, Ojai Valley Museum
Location: Ojai Valley Museum
130 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023 (map)

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Trinity in red - glass sculpture by Douglas Lochner
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Trinity

Trinity

Trinity
Series: Healing arts
Medium: Kiln formed glass, free hanging on hand forged iron bracket
Dimensions: 14” x 36″ x 4″
Date: 2013
Commission: Available
Location: Ojai, CA

This is a series of soothing &  healing sculptures exploring gravity and the principles of zen.
The glass is free-hanging, wrapping around the forged iron hanger. This allows it to gently sway in the breeze, the seed bubbles in the glass act like lenses projecting moving translucent random patterns on the wall.

Photography by: Christopher Zsarnay / Z Studios

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A new dawn

A new dawn

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A new dawn
Series: Public Art
Medium: Stabilized charred wood pillars on distressed steel bases
Dimensions: 10′ x 4′ x 4′
Date: 2009
Commission: “Art from the Ashes” exhibit
Location: Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA (map)

Created for the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden’s Art from the Ashes auction from remains of the Gane House, an historic landmark destroyed in the Jesusita fire. 3 monoliths stand in defiance of the devastation, paying homage to what had been, while reaching upwards, a symbol of hope.

Personal log:
As I walked through the devastation from the Jesusita fire at the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens I was struck by the visual impact of the charred remains. A treasured century-old house was reduced to charcoal and ash, three lone chimneys standing like tomb stones, a testament to what once had been. Vehicles became masses of molten metal, thousands of acres of trees and plants were rendered to dust.

In a matter of hours a vibrant living ecosystem had been nearly erased, yet as we walked through the remains, all around us were symbols of hope and healing, new life springing up out of the ash, charred roots sprouting new growth. Massive devastation and hope intertwined in the same dance.

It is the impact of that moment, the smell of ash, the vision of the gardens awash in destruction, and the hope of rebirth born out in struggling seedlings, or a bit of green venturing out of a scorched root, that I wish to convey in this work.

Normally I work with glass and steel, forging them with fire and heat to do my bidding. The gardens pulled me out of that comfort zone. I was captivated by the materials I found […]

Azurite, cast glass sculpture by Douglas Lochner
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Azurite

Azurite

Azurite
Series: copper-glass
Medium: Cast Glass with copper inclusion
Dimensions: 24” diameter x 1/4” thick
Date: 2012
Commission: “American Glass Works” exhibit, Ojai Valley Museum
Location: Ojai Valley Museum
150 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023 (map)

Cast glass with translucent copper inclusion on forged steel stand.

Process & technical information

Photography by: Christopher Zsarnay / Z Studios

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Let’s swim!

Let’s swim!

Let’s swim!
Series: Public art
Medium: stainless steel
Dimensions: 19′ x 6′ x 4″
Date: 2012
Commission: Santa Barbara County Percent for the Arts
Location: Joseph Centeno Aquatics Complex
290 Wasioja Street, New Cuyama, CA 93254 (map)

Iron archway 1 by Douglas Lochner
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E Bella Archways

E Bella Archways

Iron Archway I & II
Series: Public Art
Medium: hand forged iron
Dimensions: 14′ x 14′ x 2″
Date: 2007
Commission: City of Ojai Percent for Art
Location: E Bella Plaza
Cañada Atreet & Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA (map)

Two hand-forged steel archways designed to compliment this historic square while harnessing natural light to create an ever-changing dance of shadows on the interior of the paseo. Part of the City of Ojai’s permanent Public Art Collection.

Photography by: Christopher Zsarnay / Z Studios

Custom lighting by Douglas Lochner
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Custom Lighting

Custom Lighting

Custom lighting
Series: Custom Lighting
Medium: Glass and metal
Dimensions: Varies by design
Commission: Welcomed

Custom light sculptures to compliment any environment.
Cast glass, blown glass, kiln-formed glass with steel, stainless, copper, bronze and brass – all featuring high efficiency LED illumination. California Title 24 compliant.

Photography by: Christopher Zsarnay / Z Studios