Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sculpture and Dance

Sculpture becomes a kinetic costume in this dance, F.L.O.W by Moses Pendleton.
Diana Vishneva is the performer

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sculpture and Photography

Being a goddess is hard work.
Creating a goddess is even more work. 

This video by Kirsty Mitchell, of a series called Wonderland, hints at the countless hours involved.

Wonderland - 'Gaia, The Birth Of An End' - Kirsty Mitchell 

The death of her mother began a process that became all consuming. 

Wonderland is a tribute to her mother's love of books and education. It draws on Kirsty's background in fashion as she and a few supportive friends created all the sets and costumes from scratch.

The photographs become a story book of images, allowing each viewer to create his or her own fairy tale.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sculpture and Engineering

Most artists are so used to doing everything themselves that delegating a task never occurs to them.

Well, it finally occurred to me, and I am glad it did!
Here's my CAD engineering drawing, showing the metal structure that houses the wood carving.

I explained what information was needed and showed Tom Houha the full scale cardboard model.
He listened to me, took measurements and photos, and sent me the PDF a few days later.
What a relief!

It's my idea, my art, my model. I made them all, BUT doing this kind of technical illustration would have taken me forever and not looked as good.  It's a big relief to have a professional drawing with all the correct information to present to TriMet and my metal fabricator.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sculpture and Paper

As a working artist myself, I love seeing art that is engaging and pays the bills.

Japanese artist, Yuki Ariga, created these origami animals from tissue paper for the Japanese paper manufacturer Nepia.  Kleenex is NOT an easy paper to work with!

Yuki Ariga gets the credit, but see how many people are involved in making the video.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sculpture and Architectural Ornament

There's so much possibility with the new technologies of scanning and computer milling,
and yet there's nothing like the beautiful hand carved ornament.

Why is this?

Because machine made work is perfect. Perfection quickly becomes visually boring.
Everything is identical, whereas objects made by hand have subtle variations that keep things alive.

 Detail below

These panels are so beautiful in how they play with light and shadows.
Architectural ornament from the Jefferson Market Courthouse in New York City.

Seen on a recent trip to New York City.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sculpture and Illusion

In making art, having a strong point of view is everything.
Combine that with anamorphic illusions, where there IS only one viewing angle and you have this.

and a look behind the scenes for how they made it:

The illusions are wonderful.
Even more impressive is the thought and work that created them.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sculpture and Fairy Tales

It looks like a modern fairy tale, a still enchanted figure under a canopy.

But am I dreaming her into being? 
Or is she dreaming of me setting her free from the log.

After 75 years as a tree, I counted the rings, she emerges not as a young beauty, but as an old woman.

It's funny, the thoughts you think when you work outside on a beautiful day

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sculpture and Time

 A good quote to find this morning:

"Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; 
only when the clock stops does time come to life."           - William Faulkner  

All the work on this sculpture so far has been getting rid of the l2 foot log.
Now it feels like I can actually begin carving.

I've been working with the log horizontal.
Tipping it upright let me actually see what I'm doing.
She's larger than I expected.......