Monday, November 21, 2011

New Emergent Structures!

So, I got a bit of an extension on the residency.  The Center is hosting one of their signature events, Palate to Palette, on December 2 and since my show is still up in the gallery,  I'm going to stick around to be a part of it. This means that I get a few days more time to haul ass in the studio and as always, I'm inundated with work that needs to be finished.
Today, I dragged some art out to the ruined rectory behind McColl and had my way with it.  Here's what I've come up with:

They're not too bad, although I do have to say that the sculpture always looks better in person, naturally.
I still like what it looks like in a photograph, I think that one can draw some conclusion as to the goings-on in my brain when it's served up this way.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New 3D Work

Here's a piece that I started back in March, but really didn't like where it was going.   After having some time to figure it out, I re-dyed most of the paper from pink to earthier tones and came up with what you see. It's handmade paper, made from dollar store tp, of course!
Additionally, I like to find a similarity between the work I'm making and naturally-occurring things that already exist. If I can see how nature treats the problems of composition, texture, grouping, hue, and other formal properties, the information directs my new decision.

This piece is called what it looks like, Trichomes, which are fine outgrowths, hairs, or appendages on plants and certain protists, but you already knew that!

Elements Reception

Here's a few more photos from the Elements Reception. I found them online and thought I'd share.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Milton Lost His Stapler

My wonderful, super, perfect residency at McColl Center for Visual Art is drawing to a close in a week's time. With that in mind, I've been really trying to up the ante on my production output. Last week after urging from the lovely and talented printmaker Felicia van Bork, I decided to delve back into the "Barbie Wrecks Her Dreamhouse" series even though I thought I was done with it. This time around, I am being super-meticulous with every tiny thing I'm making as to leave no doubt about the reality of the artifacts in question.
In the past month, I printed out the images that I completed in August large format and put them up in my studio. Since then, I've had about 50 or so visitors remark how intrigued they were by the series.  Almost every person, upon first glance, was ready to accept the images as reality until I told them to take a closer look.  I just have to say that I was delighted with their reactions when they figured out what they were seeing, so that alone gives me the impetus to go on.
Here is the latest creation, finished about 1/2 hour ago.