Mammuthustyranahelikosaurus lives again! After a tragic fire last summer that destroyed a bunch of my physical work I have started to build my pieces out of a new lighter material. This is the MHT in hexcell paperboard shortly after install at the Gallery Project in Ann Arbor Michigan. The show is called Creature and was curated by Heather Accurso also of Ann Arbor. You can find her work here. I will also update this post with a link to the Gallery Project’s archive of the exhibit when it is posted on their website.
Any time you begin working with a new material there is a learning curve. I thought I had jumped that curve in one fell swoop when I made the Skulking Dragon for Bookless at the Madison Public Library this past January. It was many times more complicated, heavier, and came off without a single hitch. To make a long story short, I got a little overconfident with this one and ended up driving all the way back to Ann Arbor before the opening to shore up some pieces that failed in the new material. Live and learn. Apparently the show went great after the minor mishap with this monstrosity. Or at least the Ann Arbor news thought so!
Skulking Dragon is a new piece for a temporary exhibit at the Madison Public Library. The space is about to undergo a major renovation and Trent Miller, who coordinates art programming for the library system, convinced them to open the space up to the many local artists. There is some great work in this show including a monstrous dragon skeleton of my own creation.
Here is a whole gallery of Fan photos from the Bookless Flickr stream. Check out the full stream to see all the great work from the show!
These figures are slotted wood-kit style construction in MDF. The tallest stand between 5 and 6′ tall and there are no fasteners or adhesives employed in their construction. These three figures are an Ak-47 assault rifle, an M16 assault rifle and a dip, or fountain pen. They are the beginning of a series of models of objects personified in this way. They are fantastically simply absurd.
New sculpture in baltic birch ply, CAD designed, fully virtual and now actual. With special thanks to my friends and fellow graduate students in the UW art department who helped set it up as well as Latitude Corp. in Verona Wisconsin for their masterful fabrication service.