Friday, January 28, 2011

New Sculpture - First in A Year!

I finally had some time to experiment the other weekend. In previous rants I've swung the pendulum between wanting my work to be either abstraction or representation but I just don't think that it matters anymore. Eva Hesse spent years pointedly getting her sculpture to not represent anything known.  I feel like the more I might try the opposite approach, I get truly bizarre things.

Now my conundrum lies in presenting the final form.  I have a lot of interesting parts, but I have yet to make a solid, cohesive, finished whole. I'm not afraid of commitment, I just cant seem to find a solution that works.  It needs to be something that's more than a means to an end; the solution needs to be something that is truly  unique and perfect and catapults the forms from merely "interesting" to "phenomenal". At this point in my career, all I can do is experiment and respond to the various options. These are two trials from the past week.

Maybe someday knowledge will come.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Long Time, No Blog

It's been a slow couple of months since I went to Elephant Rocks and took those pretty pics in the blog before this'n.  I worked for exactly two weeks in November at the St. Louis Art Museum as a gallery attendant before I was hired as a photo retoucher for a local wedding photographer. But now, things are looking up as I'm teaching two photo classes at one local community college and a 3d design course at another one not too far away.  My Kickstarter fundraising was successful and I was able to buy some supplies with the proceeds, and as luck would have it, I'm now to busy too make any damn art!  However, I did stumble upon an image from a recent National Geographic that blew my mind.  I don't really want to divulge what it is,  not at least until I'm further along in my current project- so it's a surprise! Anyway I will say that it answers a conundrum that I was having about the nature of my little pink blobs.  This time last year I had to write my thesis and I was wracking my brain to try to discover what they were.  Post grad school, it seemed unnecessary to liken the abstract forms to anything, but now, uncoerced, here I am doing it again. I know what I can compare my work to now and that's just fine with me. I know I don't need a real-world comparison, but my work just seems more resolved and justified if I have one, even if I never mention it aloud.