So warm here, the work in the barn has gone ahead way to the end of the year. For me, working all the time is the only way to stream innovations. They jump aboard during creative play. If play is not happening, they do not. Innovations do not start in my mind.
For instance, the following. Glenn had been complaining about the heaviness of my bases lately. But my aesthetic has always formed around what we know about gravity. My compositions are heavier or darker at the bottoms because that is what we expect in the world in which we live.
Heaviness at the bottom of the piece anchors it as gravity plays on that mass.
So recently I tried this.
Dancer, 2015. Pulling the window off of the floor animates it. Having the weight of the piece on three legs stabilizes it.
True, this piece needs much more space to stand on, more than the former window-based sculptures. And true, Dancer looks like it is going to flip. It won’t. I have been scrawling the names of the pieces in pencil, as at the bottom of the window above, and then making aluminum name tags with the date and my signature, to the right of the word “Dancer” above. Signing the tag with a Dremel tool is not easy. Sometimes spelling my name incorrectly, I just leave it.
This is called “Escher Poem” 2015. Not a surprising name with the bit of a staircase-like wooden construction that I found at the Goodwill Clearance Center.
Of course, this is in no way as complex as Escher. This is his work, loved and digested by me, spoken in my visual language. Bought 27 lonely legs for thirty bucks at one of those antique grocery stores with booths. They are proving to be worth the big price. Waste, you know.
“Friends” 2015 is scrawled across the top here. More of those fine legs are included. This piece is made from a much bigger window, and uses larger legs. Three of the largest. It measures about 47″ x 31″.
Animal friends, these are. Colored wood is added to the supports for the panes. I use the sander to take color away or lessen it on some shapes. All is highly varnished. Some gouging with the dremel is used on the little cat at the upper left.