Monthly Archives: September 2012

SMALLS

Just trying out this piece at SMALLS gallery, outdoor space. Ideally it will be indoors to better articulate my concepts, for now its here. A different take on it.

 

Hex molds.

Hex molds.

Starting molds is the only time you’ll see my work this sloppy… I wish I could bring some of that ‘care-free’ aspect to the finished product.

Waiter, There’s Arsenic in My Rice —By Tom Philpott

Waiter, There’s Arsenic in My Rice —By Tom Philpott

Large industrial farms are cutting corners. Because of weakened immune systems, the chickens are supplemented, in this case, with arsenic. Although chicken waste is being used as a ‘fertilizer’ there are no regulations on waste scattering… its nearly impossible to tell how much has accumulated in the soil and affecting the U.S.’s rice industry… It saddens me–there shouldn’t need to be health risk before people implement or “volunteer” reform. 

Printed

Printed

These were printed off the MakerBot via my Sketchup file. I’m going to cast and replicate them–and then position them for the mold. I’ll be casting the negative space to generate my piece.

Just a small glimpse of the Universe

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See, back in 2004, scientists decided to point Hubble at a patch of sky that was pure black. No stars. No galaxies. Just black. They left the lens open for a little over 11 days to capture as much light as possible, because the more light a telescope captures, the clearer the image is. What we got was that image above … only 6,200 pixels wide and just as tall. In other words …

All of that, extracted from a pinpoint patch of empty, black sky. Every dot in that photo is a galaxy. Ten thousand of them. Every one of them previously unknown to us. Every one of them containing the possibility of having intelligent life for us to show up and dance battle before giving them the finger and flying away, knowing we truly are the masters of this universe.

Mold complete!

Mold complete!

I finally have the mold complete. Its a bit dirty from the wax pieces chipping off, but will clean up nice. It was a pain to get the fingers out… they got stuck in there with all the suction. I like it as an object… the negative voids are so delicious. People cant resist putting their fingers in them. 😉

Assemblage Complete

Assemblage Complete

This guy is ready to be molded. Soon I’ll be able to cast a uniform rubber tile to be assembled into a larger scale. I used wax to fuse the bottom and make it look seamless.

Hives.

Hives.

I’m attracted to this form and want to make it out of rubber. This image was generated in Sketchup. I’ll be printing hexagons to keep it precise, and later cast and create this object. I think i like the green. Thoughts?

Out of the wax…

Out of the wax...

Just a teaser… I have all of them line up to help visualize what the final piece will look like. #excited.