After a crazy bought of work in my workshop, I finally was able to laminate the 10 reliefs onto the sculptural/book frame work.
i used a two part expandable ridged foam to secure the styrene relief to the wood veneer page on both the outside edges. Before actually glueing these down, i sealed the burl veneer thats on the opposite sides with a coat of Spar varnish to seal it from being stained by any runs or residue from the opposite side.
The process seemed to work well by stacking weights onto the piece to keep the relief so it would drift while the foam dried. the foam is a urethane based material very similar to Gorilla Glue.
once i'm finished laminating these, i'll begin to start sealing the styrene with some paint and begin to shade it into a landscape like the map elements that i use often in my work.
Denver, Drawn & Quarto, On the plane at 6 am, Mary and I are off to Denver for the show at Alicia's gallery, Abecedarian Gallery,
located on Santa Fe Street in the new art district. We're excited to have an opportunity to share our work in the area and to see the art scene, visit with other artists, and also to get to know Alicia more as well.
Arriving at the gallery, it was great to see Alicia, the last time we met was at the Codex Art fair in Berkeley a year ago when we, Mary and I, had our collaborative work taken on by Vamp and Tramp artist book sellers. Alicia had the space next to Bill and Vicki and she was able to see our work when we had our visit.
After a few hours at her space, finalizing details Alicia needed for the opening, we took off to visit Denver's Museum of Modern Art. Crazily, while looking at a small sand sculpture display in the gift shop, a young kid that looked like my old studio mates son was standing next to me. I thought yow that looks like Olen. Then while I turned around it was! Suddenly I heard someone call Mary! And it was Jeff! What a coincidence. After a quick visit with his family we were off again back to Santa Fe Street for Denver's first friday art openings.
During the openings, we got to meet some engaged Art viewers who's demographic was very familiar to the Oakland Art-murmur. Also it was quite impressive the number of spaces that were open with fine art. The sidewalks were packed with artists and art lovers, and all the galleries, over 30 that we visited, majority being artist run, were all full of people. Not all of the art was great, not unlike Oakland's scene, however it was very exciting to be part of, and people viewing art as well as the artist seemed quite engaged and serious about the scene. What was also interesting was, mind you this friday evening the weather consisted of a mixture of light rain and snow flurries and the temperature was about 35 degrees outside. Out of all the spaces we visited excluding our show at Abecedarian Gallery, I thought the best artwork to be seen was at Space Gallery with their show White Black Grey.
During our 3 day business visit to Colorado we also visited the town of Boulder since we heard that it had a few good galleries including spaces at the University. However we were a tad disappointed except for the FYIPA beer we had at the Mountain Sun Brewery for a late lunch.
On sunday we walked around the LoDo area of Denver and visited the Museum of Contemporary Art that Alicia and Rupert Jenkins who we got to see Saturday evening, recommended. To say the least we were both very impressed with not only the two shows that were on view, but also the architecture of the museum itself. Built on a contemporary modernist model thats popular now, it had very well designed details, Epe wood, steel and glass that didn't interfere with viewing the Art, but still rhythmically complimented the structure throughout the space.
All in all, it was a great business adventure, we said "más tarde cocodrilo" to Alicia and her doggy Tyler, and headed for the airport to catch or flight back to Oaktown.
After returning from my two and half week adventure into the high country, in the studio i feel very inspired to be immersed in all the projects.
Without a stutter, like i hadn't been away, I went straight to work mounting the gun blued hinges. after a quick finish sanding and layout of the parts in there right sequence i began epoxying them onto each leaf of each book sculpture.
Using 5 minute epoxy helps with to keep the process going at a reasonable pace.
after each of the 5 pieces were assembled i could allow them to cure and then edge sand each to an edge square.
next, tomorrow i'll head to the plastic shop to buy the .030 sheet styrene and start annoying Bill to gain access to the vacuform machine and produce the 10 reliefs for the outside pages of the 5 unit multiple.
My artist fishing friend Bill months ago had a great idea about repeating a part of my pieces over again through the use of a vacu-form machine. Last week I finally had time to find and buy the sheets of styrene. We bought a few differnt thicknesses so we could see the level of detail that would be created. After the initial tinkering to get the machine cleaned up and started which had its own learning curve, we were ready to test the first piece.
After loading the reliefs on to the aluminum vacuum table, with the vacuum pump pulling 30lbs and the gas heaters running full blast Bill was ready to lower the very hot sheet of styrene onto the table and open the vacuum valve.
After we tried about four test sheets we could see that the .030 thickness styrene sheets were giving us the best results. Only a slight webbing was occurring in the corners, and the detail that the thinnest sheets were more pleasing.
Now back to Piedmont Plastics next week for 12 sheets of Styrene, then we can go into production.... Thanks Bill!
I put a final coat of spar on both of the PolyHedron cabinet a few days ago and decided it would be a good idea to take some pictures of them before starting to make the leather closer straps for the doors.
I took some close up images of the interior tree elements with the appendages of paper hedrons and legoscapes.
Mappa burl cabinet with trout images for interior Tree Trout.
Sapele veneer cabinet with Lego condo scape for the interior.
During the past drawings i discovered the cut out shape in the hedron shapes that were integrated in the drawing. similar to a lack of order but not chaos. the negative element opened a link in my though to helix imagery in science. I began to build some elements for a few new landscapes and thought to create this helix hedron shape in a dimensional form with my polyhedrons. I chose the subject matter of the trout details that are photographed wile hiking the rivers, and on the opposite side of the prints are the images of the topographic maps defining where i was with the trout. Then i transfer the template for the pattern and then cut out the hedron and glue it together.
With scraps from the photos. Shapes used for Polyhedrons. Shape forms which are elements of the cabinet sculptures. Saved or added, left over arbitrary parts. These recent drawings, formations between the drawn drawn and photo. Fragments of images from treks in the wilderness. The incorporation of watercolor to define the landscape. The high sierra rock and its own geometry in striation and fracturing line. Contours in a map defined by the rock. Waterways defined by the topography. Flora and fauna defined by the landscape. The Landscape as elements. Each linked and defined by one another.
With the recent rain i've been lucky to be working in the shop for the past two weeks. Two sculptures that i have been begging the question on have finally pushed me to react. Since they're in the way? I better give them some attention. Building up the tree structures inside the truncated hedron cabinets first with the first cabinet with smaller hedrons of fish details. The second cabinets tree will be constructed forms from the lego projects i've been integrating of late. Soon after i reach a nice build up of the forms i'll need to go back and start working on the cabinets final satin finish.
While i,ve hiked alone in soliscise beauty. The silence on trail and place can be a liberating place. In the moment each segment has a personality. The sky, the topography the night sky. Traversing altitudes along a contour. More than a line but a shape. Dimensional space with variables that coexist within it. Arthropod, or invertebrate. Exoskeletal. Jointed limbs. Like me walking along this trail. Sometimes seeming a linear endeavor. Point a to point b The size of a sugar cube, but the weight of 2 tons. thoughts carry weight and can create or destroy. Solitude in the space of self reflection. Internal solstice.
Last night i put some finishing touches on the new sculpture i had been working on. Part of a series of three similar sculpture books that resemble a book closed, however when opened there a box with multi layered environments that depict my adventures in the wilderness through a loose abstracted narrative. Each of them contain objects and photos i have collected or taken. The images are printed on 100 photo rag paper in the epson 2200 printer. All of the gluing is archival and the map sections are scans from original USGS topographic maps then reprinted through the 2200 so they'll be archival.