Monthly Archives: March 2013

Accidents Happen

Accidents Happen, is a threaded orifice functioning as a wall outlet. It is a static sculpture frozen in time at the moment of incontinence. This piece explores potential failures as our generations begins to develop alternative resources and bio technologies. This installed piece, is off to the side not drawing attention as a normal show piece would. Architecture plays a large role in location of this object.

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Orifice Studies 2

This is a further exploration of orfices and their functions. I have a few concept designs below. I also made a moquette for a larger piece, which was used as a prop for a video class I’m taking. I’m currently editing the ‘real’ video now, but a teaser is below. Enjoy.

These are 3-D renderings from SketchUp so I could get the concept down quickly.

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So this is a rubber mold with plexi glass. I cast the 3-D print right into it to create a convex orifice. If I were to replicate this I’d give it more pitch. This is 8×10 inches, serving as both a moquette and video prop.

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^^The drip on the sketch above was an afterthought. I had left over liquid rubber from a mold. I decided to add it–as a material, ignoring the color. I wouldn’t intentionally use red.

This blogpost is retrospective and direction of this work is evolving, but as seen in the sketch above, I’m thinking about a convex orifice plug, with the translucent plexi, revealing the systems of secretions.

Orifice Studies

A blog post is long over due, but I’ve recently stumbled upon something worth exploring. For the past 6 months I’ve been wanting to incorporate a plumbing system into one of my pieces with the emphasis on the drain. I’ve been reserved in this approach as to I saw it derivative of Robert Gober’s work. I hope that these mechanical orifices will separate our work along with the material differentiation.

I’ve recently been digitally fabricating pieces, printing 3-D prints, and then casting the negative space to create these orifices.
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This is a 3-d rendering that was later printed and used to cast the negative space of the pieces below for my orifices.



These pieces were thought to be designed into walls. Images below are just test pieces. Drip secretions were intended to be a part of this. What is seen is solid plastic, although it looks wet, it is dry to the touch. IMG_1269IMG_1268IMG_1275  IMG_1273IMG_1272IMG_1274

The fluid seen above is a solid plastic. These are dry to the touch.