Little in-progress studio adventures to please the senses. I am currently in the last stages of building a commission for a patron in Belgium and have began experimenting (a lot) with plastics and tinting them to achieve whatever color I so desire. Smoothcast 325 by Smooth-On is amazing stuff, but really on the toxic side so use precaution kiddies.
The rotocaster is the second generation of my original design. The fundamentals remain the same (lazy susan bearings and an two frames that move on opposite axis) but the addition of a cranking mechanism and off centered mounting point takes away the need to motorize the vertical spin. The weight of the mold will create a counter to the ass-over-teakettle spinning motion and it will continue to try to find its balance as you spin the crank, thus ensuring the mold is spinning on all axis without needing to have a motor or chain drive to spin vertically.
That being said, the ratio of horizontal to vertical is about 1 : 1.5, roughly, so I'm finding it's spinning a little too slow on the vertical. I think 1 : 2 or 3 would be nice, but that will require a drive system and motor. So, I'll shelve that generation of home-built rotocaster until I get some funding/ random assortment of low rpm motors and gears (for free :) )
Excited to be finished with these guys so I can focus completely on my thesis exhibition. Which is roughly a little over a month away.
Love you, Ty.
I'm happy to report that I am about 98% complete with my MFA and have been completely engulfed by the flames of too many things going on at once. First off, during the winter break I went to my hometown, the booming metropolis of Blythe, California and did some visual research. I took about 1,000 depressing photos of my dilapidated hometown and didn't even have to try to make it look any sadder than it already is. See images below and be thankful you don't live there (or be motivated to leave if you do). Also, for you anti-unnecessary war types, I recommend War is a Force that gives us Meaning by Chris Hedges or Militainment Inc. by Roger Stahl. Very enlightening and powerful books, to say the least.
As thesis approaches I have been busy building my exit show which will be entitled "Embrace the Suck" an homage to all things that are unpleasant but dealt with and turned, if even perversely, enjoyable.
Well, AQUA and Art Basel was just as amazing and overwhelming as I remembered from my first trip in 2012! So much great work and unflattering displays of extravagant wealth--I much prefer not being in Miami. However, I must admit it was a wonderful opportunity provided by the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design to show in such a prestigious event. I met tons of interesting people and was ignored by an equal amount! Admittedly, being a figure kinda guy, the Unrealism show was by far my favorite, followed closely by Context.
Enough about AQUA. This semester has wrapped up and I am now entering my last semester of Graduate School at Georgia State University.... I just died a little. I can't even begin to explain how quickly it all went and how grateful I am for the 3 year program, and to think, at one time I was almost insistent on a 2 year program. FOOL! Again, I enjoyed teaching Handbuilding I and had some pretty impressive students. In the Spring I'll be teaching Intro to Wheel, so I need to go and throw some pots so I don't look like a chump. Luckily, I have stayed pretty current on wheel throwing and I do employ it into my art making practice from time to time.
Time... speaking of time, its almost TIME for my thesis show. Late March, if you (yes, you!) are in the Atlanta area and would like to see a show that kicks so much ass, you'll probably go blind, come see my thesis exhibition: Embrace the Suck. Of course I'll be working in the militaristic theme, weird, right?
A little more self-promotion and back patting--I am also pleased as punch to announce that I have been invited (along with the amazing, Rachel Ballard Bigley ) to the 2016 Artist-Inviting-Artist Residency at Watershed Ceramics for the June session! Then, I'll swing out to the LH Project for the Veteran Artist Residency, of which I am very proud and honored to be a part of.
Anyhow, back to the studio and here is a little update from my current work-in-progress, Pissin' Contest. Yes, I am a man-child.
Proud moment (week) for me and my fellow 3rd year graduate students at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University! After about 3 months of prepping, we have made it down to Miami for the Aqua Art Miami Exhibition, certainly a very unique and amazing opportunity. We've been receiving very positive feedback and everybody's work looks great and in my opinion, worked really well together. Consider it a look into the future for upcoming thesis exhibitions. If you have not been to Aqua or Art Basel, GO! It's a very rare experience to see such a concentration of work in one city.
Listed in no particular order are the fine individuals, whom I've had the pleasure with going to graduate school and showing with:
Derek Faust. www.derek-faust.com
Jack Deese, www.jackdeese.com
Krista Clark, www.kristaclark.com
Aryn Rosenbaum, www.arynrosenbaum.com
Trevor Reese, email@example.com
Nathan Sharrat, www.nathansharrat.com
Gina Thompson, www.ginasomebody.com
Catherine Trugman, www.catherinetrugman.com
Tori Tinsley, www.toritinsley.com
......Pretty easy to remember these websites....