Working in neutrals lately.
A while ago an artist friend, Brian Piana took a masking tape piece I posted on Tumblr and turned it into a quick Gif animation. (I chose not to post the gif itself because it’s jarring on the same page as the Gif below.)
That, and some other artists I’ve seen on Tumblr playing with animation have made me want to learn about it. As such, I’ve been experimenting in my free time with some basic tests.
This is the most successful so far, made of 9 individual 4.5″ x 6″ cards of masking tape.
I still have a lot to learn to help myself automate and simplify the process so that basic animations look more smooth and don’t take an inordinate amount of time, but I have some ideas I’m slowly working out that I’ll share as they’re ready.
The idea is to create the animations, then bind the individual frames into their own books to get the experience of sequence in 2 different states.
I’m just going to keep chugging these out. This will be half of the completed books that are made. If this seems repetitive to you, just imagine hand cutting and sewing them. Let alone, scanning, cropping and coding to post here. I did add a slideshow though.
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Everyone needs a little rest now and then, and the schedule of work, travel, and blogging got to be a bit much so I decided to hibernate for winter but now winter is OVER and it’s time for new projects.
A friend of mine has 2 Colombian red skin boas that throw off their skins regularly and it got me wondering about the leftovers as a usable material. They are pliable but tough, kind of cellulosy, and depending on what side you leave exposed they are either mildly iridescent or a white fishnet pattern that can be dyed. With this piece I wanted to use colors that were analogous to the natural snake color, which i backed with a slate blue to bring it’s own pattern forward. From there it was just the usual draw, cut, glue process as usual. After being backed with paper the skin cuts beautifully, supporting the finest cuts without tearing.
Same series as last week. Set 2 of 10.
This weekend I finally finished all the interior pages for a set of 10 art books I’ve been plugging away at all month. I still have to finish the covers and bind these, but I am pleased to be able to show these off for the first time.
Here is set 1 of 10. (I’m skipping straight to the Polygons this week because I showed off the basic set of Polygons last week.)
This brings us to the end of the book. What follows is the beginning of the book, which was duplicative of last week’s post, so relegated to the end.
In researching these, I learned a lot about geometry that had been forgotten in the long years since high school. I chose the selection and order that I did to try to maintain some of the logic that exists within the mathematics behind these forms. I’m sure that understanding this logic would help viewers appreciate what is being presented, and I’m tempted to go into depth on the issue, but this is art, not a math textbook, and at a basic level I think I prefer knowing that the viewer can find the information out for themselves or simply appreciate them as they are.
In future weeks, hopefully I’ll be able to post the covers and photos of finished books with the list of pages.
I am currently building a set of art books based on polyhedra, or 3D shapes (made of polygons). I picked this shape for today at random, but in the coming weeks I’ll be posting a lot of these. As I post them I’ll try to explain their usually confusing names to help give a glimpse of the more logical framework they exist in.
This week’s sample is a case in point:
This shape is a “truncated octahedron.” It is created by modifying a uniform octahedron, that is an 8 shape form where all the sides have the same dimension. Here is a picture of an octahedron from Wikipedia:
If you lop off (or truncate) this shape’s pointy corners (the parts in red) you wind up with the shape I’m working with. Ta da.
Here are the remaining pieces:
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The last few weeks Toni and I have been working on a quick project to make a book centered around one of her dreams.
We knocked out most of it in a weekend (which is incredible), then detailing took another 2 weeks of intermittent work. Here is the original dream we used
After finishing my part of the tape show I took a bit of a vacation. To Skyrim, a needlessly long video game. I don’t say this with pride, but because only through honesty can I hope to overcome my weakness. The layoff was ultimately necessary, though, to recharge myself and ensure that I can approach new art projects fresh. But it has left me rusty.
To get back on the horse, I sewed this large quilt of 3″ x 3″ squares of paintings filed in my “green” drawer. This may become raw materials for another piece, but as yet I’m undecided. I’m re-acquainting myself with processes I haven’t used in a while and will let the work dictate where I go next.
“Green Squares (possible WIP)” 36″ x 36″ acrylic paintings quilted together
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This is arriving late today, and I am not sure what the next few weeks will bring as far as posts are concerned, but I thought it might be fun to show you everyone what I do to make these.
First I take paper, in this case a map, and I scribble on the back of it.
Next I spend a whole bunch of time cutting around all those lines with a scalpel and when I flip it over there is this.
Repeat as necessary. That was thrilling wasn’t it? Next week we might cover gluing, please try to be patient, this information can only be parsed out in digestible bits.
My friend and fellow artist Matthew Best found this cool program in Connecticut that offered 3 free isolation float tank sessions in exchange for a piece of art that will later be sold and the proceeds donated to charity. It sounded weird and fun, always one of my favorite combinations, and off we went. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, though I am also hard pressed to describe it, just like I was hard pressed to understand what I was supposed to be getting out of it creatively. Was I supposed to have visions while in the tank? Get my next big idea?
No, it turned out to be more subtle than that. Firstly, three sessions wasn’t enough for me, I have gone back for 3 more because they were generally relaxing and restorative. Those are two things in short supply and the effects started to demonstrate themselves unexpectedly. When the program started it was in the middle of trying to get ready for this show and my focus was fairly limited, I had my materials, I knew what I was doing and just had to do it, but that is over now and for the first time in awhile those things can shift into something else.
My mind was quiet and I remembered there might be some red flocked paper shoved in the back of the closet 10 years ago, so off I went climbing over a mountain of crap and tumbling into the back recesses where not only was the red paper found but also 2 rolls of gold. SCORE. The atlases JD’s mom sent me ages ago started talking to me too, and from there it all started to come together. The materials dictated themselves, gold as the base because it isn’t good paper for cutting, maps in the middle because it is, and flocked paper on top because of the texture. Easy. Next was the design, the experience and the materials called out for a radiating pattern, and thoughts of meditation, focus, and flow were in the back of my mind. Nothing literal, no anxiety over ideas or results, and even when the paper tore here and there (something that usually sends me into swearing fits) I was unruffled.
This is what happened.
I like it, and will probably make a bunch more, but that shiny paper is a total pain in the ass to photograph.
Here is another one of the collaboration pieces we have been working on. I am all into these over lapping and expanding circles right now, so get used to them because I might be working them for a while. Right now I am just happy that most of the work is done and I have enough to dole out slowly for the next few weeks.
This piece also has a sewn black border that didn’t make it int the scanner bed, so just imagine that right on there ok?