To see this concrete piece installed at Mad Art Gallery revitalized my interest in the concept. A direct formal language that hints toward the representation of familiar household furniture while remaining somewhere between actual function and the presentation of form and material. More to come…
It seems like everyday I put in time working on the shop but progress is slow. Most of my equipement has been purchused from craigslist and fixed up, which is the primary reason that I’m not up and running yet. From left to right you see: sandblast cabinet, ceiling insulation, dead flat work table with storage, tool chest (my dad’s), brent potters wheel, table saw, jointer, work bench with grinding wheel, kilns off in the distance, and dust collector.
The latest form of my wall based work uses concrete as a “ground.” I’m finding this solution more satisfing as the “background” is actually an intergral part of the composition. This piece uses three different clays, pigmented concrete, steel and brass.
Arrangments like this come and go in my apartment. I learn new things about old stuff just by moving these objects around. Life=Art
I started “construction” earlier this summer on my first dedicated workshop space. This old garage was all boarded up. After discovering the original windows fairly intact underneith the old rotted plywood, I became obsessed with bringing it back to life! This photo is the end result of 4 days of work fixing the old windows and painting everything grey-blue. The structure is in remarkable shape compared to other similar garages in the neighborhood. I still need to finish the electricity, install insulation in the roof, get the ventalation set-up, fix the old kilns I found on craigslist, build a spray booth, fix the air compressor, tune the table saw, find a mig welder, build a welding table, install the heater…I guess I have a way to go. Stay tuned for interior shots!
My latest work explores interactions occuring between individual elements and materials in a composition, as well as the visual conversation between objects. Take a look: (more images in the “gallery”)
I can’t believe three years have passed since coming to SIU Edwardsville! I’ve worked along side so many good people and have always had all the resources I’ve needed.
Mad Art Gallery Friday May 3rd, 2013…7-11pm
This new work has been a fun shift. The compositions are organized as a response to the fired clay, wood, and concrete elements. I’m looking forward to introducing some new materials. Stay tuned.
Concrete! What a fantastic material.
We fired the massive wood kiln at SIUE a couple weeks ago. It was really fun to see that monster on fire! Good to meet some new folks too. Here is one of my bowls, about 11″ in diameter.