Sunday, October 24, 2010

new work: "Trilo-Paddlepsis"

I just completed this paddle-wheeled vessel used by a trilobite to survive various extinctions:

"Trilo-Paddlepsis" - found object assemblage/welded steel, 50" h x 36" w x 12" d, 10-2010

full view

detail of the Captain

detail of the port-side view

detail of the gearing

detail of the paddle-wheel mechanism

I was invited to show at this event in March next year:
which is where this piece will be exhibited.
While I don't set out to make work that is "steampunk" style, I can see how it fits in with their aesthetic. But there is nothing truly modern about this vessel - if anything, it's Victorian technology (paddle-wheel ship) meets Paleozoic era (trilobites) just posted my recent piece, "MortalCycle":

more new work in a couple of days, stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

new work - "MortalCycle"

Just finished the next in my series of delusional modes of transportation, "MortalCycle". I've been playing with this concept of 10 years now, and have several new takes on it coming soon. This particular one was a commission for a collector.

Close up of drive mechanism

close up of the organic-mechanic innards

right side view

diag. view

back to work now.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer / Fall 2010 shows

August 26 – October 16, 2010 : "Mayor's Art Show"- Eugene, Oregon. Juried group exhibition which will include my sculpture "Factotum":

"Factotum", 2009, 30" x 30" x 7" (wall hanging), found object assemblage

October 7 - December 31, 2010: "Re-Cycle: Bike Culture in Southern California" - Riverside, California at the new Culver Center for the Arts.
One of my cycle-themed sculptures, "R-Evolve", will be featured in this invitational exhibition:

"R-Evolve", 2009 , 34" x 82" x 22", welded steel and found objects

November 6 - December 7, 2010: "Oh my Skull !" - Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, New Jersey
I will have 2-3 sculptures in this group invitational show, including my momento mori "The Thirteenth Skull":
"The Thirteenth Skull", 2009 , 34" diameter x 10" depth, found object assemblage

Back to the studio now; I'll have new work to post in a couple days!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

new work: "Ganesha - Remover of Obstacles"

"Ganesha - Remover of Obstacles"
found objects, welded steel, glass lenses, antique glass doorknob
90" x 36" x 22"

Ganesha on wikipedia

part of my ongoing series of using symbols from the world's religious traditions to suggest that recycling (found objects in this case) is a shared spiritual value. Here's an earlier exploration of same:

Chapel wall at BRING

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"The Nature of Commodity" and July shows

"The Nature of Commodity"
June 2010
18" x 25" x 4" (wall hanging, frame not shown)
mixed media assemblage

My latest assemblage sculpture was created for the "Objectophilia" show, which opened June 30, 2010 in Denver, CO. The show is sponsored by the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, and is part of the city-wide Denver Biennial of the Americas. I was out there for the opening, and it was a wonderful spectacle - at least 1000 people, a fire/robot performance by the "motomen" and a guerrilla marching band called the "Boba-Fet players". Also work by 30+ artists which addressed the theme of objects, and our culture's obsession with things.

The show is up until July 25. Stop by if you're in the area:

Objectophilia Blog
Objectophilia Facebook page

Also in July, I am in a group show at the Compound Gallery in downtown Portland, OR called "Pedal Power". 3 of my cycle themed sculptures are on display until August 1:

Compound Gallery