Duck Tape Rover is Ready to Roll

 

Space Rover

“Space Rover”, requested by Duck Tape Company for the Duck Tape Festival 2014. Completed May 15, 2014. On display in Cleveland, OH June 13-15, 2014.

After three weeks of nonstop work, the Duck Tape sculptures are ready to be shown in Cleveland, OH, next weekend!  Above, you’ll see the space rover in its final form.  What a relief it was to finish this work, especially after the deadline was literally cut in half!  We are lucky enough to have completed all twelve of the works on time and efficiently, along with safely loaded onto the truck to be taken to Cleveland.

If by chance you’re in the area or near Cleveland, OH during June 13-15, please stop by and see our hard work on display for the festival.  There will be a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy, and the event is certainly kid friendly.  Thank you to those who are continue to follow my artistic endeavors and for your support!

 

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Updated Photos and Videos

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Film Still from “Knit Knit”, a collaborative performance video with NipNip Zine, Cincinnati, OH. 2014.

Thanks so much for your patience during the time I was unable to update; the last few weeks were very busy with my own work and collaboration!  As of this moment, all videos and photos have been updated.  I’ve taken some time today to add photos to both the Sculpture tab and the Performance tab, which is most thrilling to me (as it’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to do a performative work!).

So, please take some time to look through those tabs, along with view the videos I’ve recently posted.  The first, you’ll find at http://vimeo.com/93627077.  This video is a collaborative work between myself and NipNip Zine, entitled, “Knit Knit”.  During this work I used my handmade 5ft long, steel knitting needles to knit and manipulate bike chain, along with various other forms of chain.  The video was just recently shown at Coffee Emporium, located in Downtown Cincinnati.

Other videos were added by viewers of my work!  Please take a look at Garry Glenn’s short snippets of my performance with the work entitled, “Hand-Wrought”.  There are four videos, and this is the link to the first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1tTOb2ul2A

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“Hand-Wrought” Performance at DAAPWorks Thesis Exhibition 2014. Performed on April 22, 2014.

Thank you again to all who continued to follow!  The blog has just reached 50 followers; although the number is small, I’m happy to see people are continuing to follow and show their support for my practice.  I hope to post more photos soon from the list of events I’ve set up for the next couple months before I relocate to Detroit, so please keep a look out.

 

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Artistic Endeavors: April-September 2014

 

This post is a list of the various places I’ll be showing/making work during the months of April-September.   If any of you who follow are in the area, please try to stop by and support the other emerging artists with whom I’ll be showing!

First on the list (and current project): DAAPWorks 2014

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DAAPWorks Logo, 2014.

It’s absolutely amazing to me that my time in DAAP (Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning) at the University of Cincinnati is almost finished!  The exhibition, DAAPWorks 2014, is a culmination of all the hard work that the graduating seniors from all departments have been working on over the last year.  There will be models and other work from Design, Architecture, and Planning, and two galleries showing the senior thesis works from Fine Art, along with the CAC showing the work of the Graduate Fine Art students.  The opening of DAAPWorks 2014 is April 22nd, from 5-9PM.  Please stop by if you’re in the Cincinnati/Tri-State area!

Second (A project I’m also working on): Duct Tape Festival 2014

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Work by Joe Girandola, Professor at DAAP, 2013.

The Duct Tape Festival is new to the area of Avon, Ohio, but has surely made a name for itself in the area.  This festival that is held during Father’s Day Weekend is a celebration of the tape that can do it all!  People from all over come to celebrate this product, participate in the free activities, dress in Duck Tape outfits, and best of all, to see our larger than life sculptures.  For 2014, the theme is “Out of This World”.  The sculpture students in DAAP who are in the Duct Tape Class have presented ideas to the Duct Tape Company, which are being approved and funded to be shown in the upcoming festival.  I am creating a Space Rover, with the help of my partner (Mary Baxter).  If you’re looking for fun Father’s Day (June) plans, come to Avon, OH for our “Out of This World” art!

Third on my list: Penland School of Crafts

51HTGPD2M4L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_I’m so happy to announce that during the weeks of July 5th-19th, I’ll be a studio assistant at Penland School of Crafts for the Screen printing on Fabrics class.  For those who are unfamiliar, Penland is a school dedicated to the arts and crafts skills that is located in North Carolina.  It has been running for around 75 years, and is about an hour Northeast of Asheville.  I’m very much looking forward to working with the Studio Coordinator and the students in the class to perfect our screen printing skills and create some lovely works of art.

Fourth (last but not least): Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Fiber Program

P1060274In my last post, I mentioned my acceptance to Cranbrook.  In this post, I’m thrilled to announce I’ve accepted the offer and will be moving to Michigan to attend their Fiber Program and earn my Master’s Degree.  The transition is very exciting; but I’m a little nervous for the move.  I intend to create as much new work as possible during my two years at Cranbrook, and continue to show my work as often as possible.  I’m excited about the potential following my work will gain upon moving to the Detroit area, which would add to my growing following in the Cincinnati/Tri-State area.

The opportunities I’ll be able to experience over the next few months (and in one case, 2 years) are better than anything I could have ever imagined for myself.  Hard work and an optimistic outlook can take you anywhere, and I’m surely happy as to where it’s taken me and my work.

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So, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated the blog in regard to my graduate acceptance status. At this moment, I’ve been accepted to the Cranbrook Academy of Art! I’m so thrilled for the opportunity, and am currently driving with my family to Detroit to visit the campus tomorrow.

With all the excitement, however, comes thoughts of tuition. I’m unsure at this time how I’ll be paying the tuition; I’ve been offered money for partial scholarship and money from FAFSA, but we all know school is expensive and any extra money is a blessing. So, I’m thinking of designing tee shirts and selling them in order to raise money for my future tuition. I’ll be designing the shirts soon, but would like an idea if they’d sell. I’m also thinking of a kick starter account.

If you’d be interested in donating to a kick starter account or buying a shirt, please like or comment on this blog post. It would mean so much for your support in the next steps of my artistic process. Thank you for following!

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Taking Knitting to Another Level

In Process Shot from the Studio, 2014.

In Process Shot from the Studio, 2014.

Tonight I’ll be leaving for a five day adventure in New York City!  It’s been a busy two weeks trying to finish everything before I leave, but now that it’s all out of the way I’m looking forward to a couple days of looking at the best up and coming art in the Big Apple.  Before I left, I thought I’d share a photo from my studio time tonight.  I’ve recently had three foot knitting needles made for me, and will be doing experiments with them to figure out how they will become a new work.  At the moment, I’m thinking along the lines of performance.  Thank you very much to those who continue to follow my blog!

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In Process Shot, 2014.

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Form and Material Inspiration

"Stigmata", 2014. Fiber dipped in Wax.

“Stigmata”, 2014. Fiber dipped in Wax.

During this week I have spent around sixty hours in my studio focusing on my conceptual and material growth.  As discussed in the last post, material experimentation is very important to my work at this time.  While I’ve found a cozy space in the world of Fiber Sculpture, experimentation and constant play with materials is necessary for my personal growth as an artist as I prepare for the future, whether that be graduate school or beginning my own studio practice that is unguided by faculty.

“Stigmata”, 2014 is a work that I fabricated during this sixty hour reflection time.  Primarily dipped into wax to be then cast in a mold for other materials, I found these two forms to be suitable as finished works without further manipulation.  Thus began my thought process about the materials being used: recycled fiber and brown foundry wax.  What did this combination mean?  How does it relate to the message I am trying to discuss in my concepts?  I think the best way to answer this question is to discuss the title of the work.

Stigmata(plural of stigma)(n):

a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.
“the stigma of mental disorder”
A mark of disgrace.  This sentence ran through my mind as I attempted to understand why I felt it was the best name for this work.  I began to think of my expectations of the comfort object I love so much, the woobie.  I’ve always preferred and, at times, felt it to be mandatory that the woobie be stark white.  Any sort of defect with the transitional object made it unusable in my mind.  This thought process started to shift as I started manipulating the material myself; ripping, cutting, resewing, and cream also became an appropriate color for the woobie.
"Stigma 1", 2014. Fiber dipped in Wax.

“Stigma 1”, 2014. Fiber dipped in Wax.

I then took it a step futher.  I began to think about the manipulation I was striving to achieve in my experimentation of materials and how that relates to this work.  The goal at this point is to introduce fibers in a way that either the fibers are majorly altered or no longer existent in the work.  So, this work was dipped into the brown foundry wax.  This is rather significant, because due to the temperature of the melted wax, the fibers tend to melt during the dipping process.  This allows the fibers to transform into a new material while still keeping their skeletal shape.  Now, comparing this process to the previous assigned necessities of what a woobie is, this is a stain.  It is a mark of distain.  It is a stigma.  The skeletal forms of what once was solely fiber hang stagnant, as a reminder of the material and its previous properties, and also confronts the viewer with a new material to investigate.
"Stigma 2", 2014. Fiber dipped in Wax.

“Stigma 2”, 2014. Fiber dipped in Wax.

Next, I felt I should think about the way this work relates to my concepts and the body of work I’ve been constructing over the course of the year.  I’ve determined the wax can be thought of in a variety of ways; these are the ways I like most: wax as a representation of distain for comfort items, wax as a representation of mental destruction due to the missing comfort item, and lastly, wax as anxiety.

Thinking Large, Working Small

Mental Faculties, 2014. Plaster.

Mental Faculties, 2014. Plaster.

These are a series of photos of my most recent works.  While I have spent the last couple months working at a rather large scale for my fiber sculptures, I have decided to work a tad smaller and focus my thoughts on different types of making processes.  These photos are those of my works done in plaster, which were cast from molds that were taken from fabric dipped in wax.

In addition to exploring my material usage and scale, I’ve also begun delving into different branches of my concept.  While the woobie to which I refer is known as a comfort item, those in psychology refer to this item as the transitional object.  Through this process of making I have looked and treated the transitional object as a symbol of the human brain.  In the studies I have done thus far, the transitional object proves to be rather imperative to the mental development of children.  I wanted this project to serve as a physical example of the possible mental side effects due to a lack of that transitional object during times of anxiety.  The photo at the top shows “Mental Faculties”, 2014.  It is a set of four smaller scale sculptures that focus on the breakdown of the mind during anxiety attacks. I used a cast of the woobie to serve as the mind and also as the transitional object.  Plaster seemed to be the medium of choice as it is brittle and gave me the outcome for which I was hoping: a crumbling, fragile work.

Mental Faculties, 2014. Plaster.

Mental Faculties, 2014. Plaster.

Another work I have fabricated over the past couple days takes on a more abstract shape of the brain.  This work, “Mental Delapidation”, 2014, shows the brain and the effects of anxiety that can happen in the mental processes.  Anxiety leaves the victim feeling warn down, broken, and stained in a sort of way.  I wanted this sculpture to embody these feelings while still showing the transitional object in place of the brain for abstraction.

"Mental Delapidation", 2014. Plaster.

“Mental Delapidation”, 2014. Plaster.

Another view of the work:

"Mental Delapidation", 2014. Plaster.

“Mental Delapidation”, 2014. Plaster.

For more thoughts on this topic, I’ll be posting my senior thesis in the near future, so please keep an eye out.    Also, follow my process more closely on Instagram: artistinspired0217