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There's something odd about this one... but in a good way (I think). The pink part was just a piece I chopped off of another sculpture - I literally just hung it on the wall as is and stuffed some hair behind it... it's like a weird head/face/bust - kind of like a deer head mount or something of that sort. It watches me when I'm working at my desk!
|Squirkle - 2012 - pvc, fiberglass insulation, cast & pigmented water putty, hot glue, animal hair, and hog intestines|
This little guy is on view at Hamiltonian Gallery as part of their annual benefit exhibition, Call Collect. Myself and about 100 other local artists were invited to donate small works for the cause. See the online catalogue HERE! There will be a closing reception on Friday, November 9th, from 7-9pm...
I just encountered Dorothea Tanning's soft sculptures in a book I checked out from the library called Surreal Objects. I've been thinking a LOT about surreal objects lately and how my newer assemblage works might somehow fit into that lineage... but more on that later. Dorothea Tanning just recently died earlier this year at the age of 101. She's probably best known for her work as a painter and as the wife of famed surrealist Max Ernst. When I hear the name Dorothea Tanning, this is typically what comes to mind...
Though her paintings are quite incredible - I also really really enjoy her sculptures! Check out her website for LOTS of images and descriptions of works... it's a really great resource.
I came across this book this weekend in Philadelphia's Free Library... and it so so SO very good! I spent hours poring over a chapter called The Education of the Sense: Child's Play - which talks about early Montessori schools and their emphasis on TOUCH - "The lost paradise of touch could be regained." I love this quote by Walter Benjamin...
Children are particularly fond of haunting any site where things are being visibly worked upon... In using these things they do not so much imitate the works of adults as bring together, in the artifact produced in play, materials of widely differing kinds in a new intuitive relationship. Children thus produce their own small world of things within a greater one.
Walter BenjaminThis reminds me VERY MUCH of some of the things Nikolas Berdyev has to say about "man as microcosm" in his book, The Meaning of the Creative Act.
The next chapter, which I didn't get to finish (the library was closing, and I don't live in PA so I couldn't take it with me) is called HOLLOWS AND BUMPS IN SPACE! This is thesis material, no doubt - right up my alley. Hall suggests that while the Neo-Classicists were obsessed with surfaces, the Modernists have been obsessed with orifices.
I love holes... they're a means of escape or access. They're sexual. Holes are really interesting because they're not there. I like the joke about the guy who dug the holes out of the ground and put them on a truck.Damien Hirst
Thinking about holes in this way is also making me think about CONTRANYMS - words with 2 definitions that are opposites of eachother... ex. CLEAVE - means both to bring together AND to divide... hmmmm
The first hole made through a piece of stone is a revelation. The hole connects one side to the other, making it immediately more three-dimensional. A hole can itself have as much shape-meaning as solid mass... The mystery of the hole - the mysterious fascination of caves in hillsides and cliffs.
This has me thinking a lot about POSITIVE and NEGATIVE space...
I've had assemblage on the brain lately. These little guys are my quirky attempt. I'm still not really sure how I feel about them yet, but I think they might be headed somewhere...
|fiberglass insulation, polyurethane, balloon, great stuff, cast plaster, and rubber bands|
|fiberglass insulation, polyurethane, balloon, hot glue, and rubber band|
|cast aluminum, fiberglass insulation, polyurethane,balloon, and hog intestines|
|fiberglass insulation, polyurethane, cast plaster, and rubber band|
|hot glue, paper, cast water putty, and rubber bands|
|fiberglass insulation, hog intestines, zip ties, cast plaster, and hot glue|
|Double Dose - 6' x 3' x 3' - cardboard, fiberglass insulation, & pig intestines|
|Filets - 9" x 12" each - collage on paper|
|Glory Hole - 2' x 2' - animal hair, condoms, fiberglass insulation, rubber bands, & plaster cast of my belly button|
|3' x 2.5' x 2' - cardboard, fiberglass insulation, pig intestines, & animal hair|
I've somehow been missing the incredible sculptures of Franz West - where have I been?? Someone mentioned his work the other day, in response to the piece I'm working on (and I can certainly see why) - and I didn't think to look him up until just now. And in doing so, I discovered that he died... yesterday. Darn. Well, I love his sculptures... I must learn more about this guy!
Louise Bourgeois has been on mind a lot lately. Some of the things I'm working on right now are unmistakeably derived from her work (even if unconsciously so). I saw a large installation of her work this winter at DIA Beacon and was blown away. I was literally crawling on the floor to see things from every possible angle. Wow - what a sculptor! It's not easy to find images online that even come close to doing her work justice, but here are a few that I've been looking at...
The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine. I highly recommend it!
Elsewhere, I had a Louise Bourgeois moment (hehe). Maybe one day I might come close to being as cool as she is?
|artist's hair on paper|
I've completed my most recent endeavor - a tower of sorts. Earlier this semester, I built a similar sculpture that resulted in a charred studio and headaches for all. After much hesitation, I decided to re-build the piece (though it turned out quite different). This time I built a sturdier inner armature of steel (last time I used cardboard boxes) and eliminated the oil-based polyurethane thought to be the main culprit of the flash fire. This one is a real mash-up of textures and materials. Can you guess what all I used?
Though it started out as more of a formal/material process driven piece, this sculpture has come to embody a lot of the concepts that have been driving my studio practice over the past few months. I've been reading some stuff by Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and Georges Battaille - all dealing with kind of kooky psycho-sexual subject matter that could also potentially be read into my work. In this piece, there's definitely an aspect of desire... Rococo in style, cake-like in form - but the allusions to the body/flesh make it equally as yucky (pussy, oozy, etc.). So it exists somewhere in between. Desire and disgust. What interests me most is how these two distinctions don't/can't exist on their own. There's often something kind of disgusting about desire, right? Eating a cake this big would make anyone throw up on the spot. And vice versa... like squeezing a ripe and ready blemish... how something that's extremely disgusting by nature somehow elicits such an odd sense of satisfaction.
Another idea I'm thinking about in this piece is Lacan's theory of "lack" (or "manque" in French), which suggests that desire always arises out of lack. I've not studied this material in depth, but I like where it is heading and think it's quite relevant in respect to my current body work. There are other things I could try to explain, but I think I'll stop stop here.
Materials include fiberglass insulation (pink and yellow), urethane spray foam ("great stuff"), balloons (white, clear, and pink), hot glue (of varying tones), caulk (of varying tones and textures), landscaping fabric, joint compound, string, water putty, silly string, and more!
This sculpture will spend the summer at Montpelier Art Center for their 31st Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition! The show opens on June 7th and will be up through mid-August.
|It Makes For My Billionaire Status, 2005|
Installation view, Kantor/Feuer Gallery
Los Angeles, CA
After getting some guff about all my flammable materials and their "home depot recognizability" I've been brainstorming about some new things I might possibly like to use... and what that might look like. Pheobe Washburn comes to mind as someone who really has a way with mixing and mashing up a variety of things to make some super nice installations. I'm a fan.
Installation view, kestnergesellschaft
|Poor Man's Lobster, 2005|
Installation view, Sculpture Center
Long Island City, NY