I started in on a looser version of my last piece and quickly lost control, a mess. Decided to change gears and work more methodically and keep it simple. Came up with these spires. They are 24″-36″ tall. I like the way they reach, their transparency and the way they reflect light. I will work on how to combine these and how to vary the shapes and compositions.
I am still working on this, but took a break to snap some photos. Needs work on the lower left side, but overall I am happy. It has more 3D presence than the last one I did. Reminds me of armadillo tails or sensory organs on bugs.
After a two month break, I am back at work. So far I have used just polycarbonate sheet, staples and spray paint. It is amazing the amount of control you can have with some well placed staples. This is the final rough form. It has a nice bounce to it. Next I will pour polyurethane then perhaps se paint. I’ll decide as I go.
Untitled Construction: Emerging
Home Permanent Wave: Pink (detail)
This is a layout for my next project. I plan to create a soft sculpture by sewing these flexible rubbery cast silicone pieces to this canvas. I will make it into a large bean bag so you can interact with it and explore the spaces and intricate patterns that are not visible when the piece is flat and immobile. I hope it works. It’s raining today and I have my embroidery thread and jumbo needle ready to go. Perhaps a nice fire for ambiance, then some binge stitching.
Here are some details and a couple shots of the whole piece. It is about 4 and1/2 feet tall right now and growing. I am posting this in progress and I am not sure how I will finish it yet. For now I will keep stapling…
This is a bunch of fragments from other projects stapled together into a kind of aggressive chunk of plant from outer space. Time to go outside for some fresh air.
I like the idea of creating “light” forms using more workhorse materials. This scrap is stapled polycarbonate, polyurethane coated with house paint. Thinking about doing more w this.
These photos are of thin Mylar sheet w a bit of spray paint. Followed by more photos w polyurethane layered on top. I am trying to make something that is sturdy but light. We’ll see…
These are sketches for some new works with a thinner mylar sheet. It is more flexible than what I have been using but is strong, no tearing. I have already started on the 3D versions and will post those tomorrow, I hope. These are not great drawings, but show what I am heading toward in my next series of studies.
Also, to all those who visited, “liked,” followed and commented on my blog when it was on Freshly Pressed, it was a huge boost to hear from so many people. Thank you, I appreciate every single one of you.
It looks a lot more polished and presentable indoors, maybe we all do.
It was hanging in the lobby of the LA County Museum of Art. I did not write down the artist’s name. I just think the transparency is wonderful. You almost do not notice it even though it is very large and looms overhead when you walk in. As you look more closely, you see beautiful composition of hardware, weights and wires that make a delicate floating three-dimensional web.
Looking up through it from below.
I made this piece out of black sheet rubber a long time ago. It became known around the house as the Tim Burton Wedding Bouquet. It is very detailed but contained, allowing an exploration of energy and chaos within a set form.
This a stapled mylar piece. Because it is clear, it seems to be more of a distortion field than an object itself, although it shares the same basic form and energy of the examples above. I am still working on this, but liked that it is a bundle of energy you could easily walk right by without noticing. Depending on the light and the surroundings, different aspects of the piece are dominant; the staples or the linear edge of the mylar or the light bouncing around on the curves.
Detail on black and white
I have been testing a variety of staplers and plastic materials recently, so it has been very exciting around here! After going through (breaking) 7 or 8 different models of staplers, you’ll be pleased to know that I have finally settled on the Arrow P35 heavy duty plier stapler. It is fabulous. This first test is made from polycarbonate sheet with a light spray of white primer and a coating of polyurethane for bounce. It’s okay, but I only sprayed it with paint so that I could see it. This sample also has a nice bounce to it and is about 1’x1’x1′. I noticed that the more paint I layer on these pieces, the less bouncy and more leaden they become. I am trying to do more with less paint going forward.
I am thinking about not painting the structure at all. This one is made of mylar sheet stapled with the p35. It is incredibly sturdy. I plan to build it into quite a large piece to test the limits of the mylar and the staples. It should be interesting to see the balance between the composition of the staples and the form of the plastic. Which will end up being more dominant? I do plan to coat it with polyurethane and add some areas of color. It will be large in any case.
When I started to scale up my work, the paper and encaustic I had been using did not have the strength to support the weight of the new larger pieces. I started experimenting with different plastics, rubbers, staplers, rivets, glues, etc. I just finished this piece. It is made from polycarbonate sheet, PVC tubing, polyurethane, house paint and spray paint. It is stapled and riveted together, then coated with a layer of polyurethane, which ads a certain boingy-ness to it. To see just how sturdy this thing is, click on the video at the end of this post!
Detail of the front
View of the back. You can see more of the house paint here.
Detail of the back. The drips are polyurethane with house paint
The video !
I like working obsessively and with extreme attention to detail. These wire pieces provided an outlet for both. You can’t really see the detail and dimensionality of in the photos I’ve posted; they are very difficult to photograph well. I worked with this material so much that my fingernails turned orange from the contact with the iron in the wire.
Image 1. Blade of Grass Is based on the scientific vocabulary associated with monocot plants. It is like a longitudinal section through a blade of grass using the vocabulary to form the structure of the piece.
Click on the image to get a better view.
Image 2. Point, Line, Plane, Cube. This is 1 foot x 1 foot x 1 foot and is made of snaps and steel wire and peels apart into two halves at the snaps. It is an expression of my frustration at learning some scientific concepts in depth. At some point things are not clear anymore.
Image 3. The Strand. It is an expression of the beauty and chaos of nature and the cyclical nature of an ecosystem. It’s about 8 feet long and 1 foot wide
Image 4. This piece takes the radially symmetrical forms used in The Strand and lays them out flat in a 3 foot x 5 foot rectangle. Click on it for better detail.
Did you know that you can get 20,000 coffee stirrers for about $5.00? That does not include shipping, but it’s still a bargain. This piece is made out of probably 15,000 5-1/2″ wooden hot drink stirrers (some spray painted) glued together with Elmer’s white glue. I went through several iterations before settling on this snake-like form. It started out as seven separate pieces, which I dipped in red Plasti-Dip, burned with a kitchen torch, and then sawed apart and reassembled into this. It looks very relaxed, considering. (See detail below. Next time I will try to do all the images in one post!)
… to all of my FIVE followers. I am still learning how to use WordPress and that last post of four or so pictures, well, let’s just say I put it up all backwards and then tried to fix it. Yes, I learned a lot. I will use the gallery function next time.
Okay that’s it.