Friday, January 21, 2011

New Work

Let me preface this by saying I have a wonderful job, and am incredibly lucky to get to get to do what I do. Being incredibly lucky however, does not inoculate me from having immensely frustrating days in the studio. Today was one of those days. Couldn't make any progress, and hated my process to boot.

How did I ever get involved in such a fiddly, puzzle-making business? I'm not a fiddly guy, and I hate puzzles. I remember seeing the Art21 with Vija Celmins where she talks about despising her process, and it was a totally foreign idea to me. Why would you make art if you didn't like the process? I couldn't understand it then, but I understand it now.

Anyway. In the end, after dinner, pizza and a movie with the wife and kids, I went back out to the studio and got this done, and now I feel better.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hold This Thought (2)

This is a photo of the drummer Zach Hill, which I first saw in an article in the NY Times. Nothing about it looks like sculpture to me, but there's something about the intensity, the wasted physicality of it that appeals to me. There's something disjointed between the tension in the veins and tendons in the neck, the slack mouth, and the eyes.

In my daily blog trolling, I must see at least 150 art images a day. I find a lot of stuff that amuses me, or intrigues me, but I rarely find one that grabs me like this one, or like the earlier post with the fencer. Interesting to think what that is. Definitely something you want to be alert to, and grab when it comes by. I saw this image a couple of months ago, but it wasn't until I listened to Hella (one of Mr. Hill's many bands) in the car on the way home tonight that I remembered to go back and find the image. Now that I've got it, I don't know what to do with it, but you don't want to let the good ones get away.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Living with adult ADD

Slow to update these days, so this all of this is a couple weeks old.

Here's what I up to recently on a single day in the studio.

Painting and waxing the big guy.

Trimming up newly cast figures.

Composing the first of the 3 x 3's

Casting a new set of plates

And experimenting with new plate options.

The AADD studio at work.