Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Adit Anew

Some further adventures with carpet padding... wanted to take it a step further and create a space with the material. Ideally, I would have liked to have lined the walls (and ceiling, of course) of some kind of slightly cramped existing thoroughfare, but suitable spaces were limited. I chose instead to construct my own hallway, designed specifically for a spot in CofC's Simons Center for the Arts. It went at the top of a turning staircase... it was unexpected... unavoidable... exactly what I was going for.

March 2009

As you can see, it's rather large. I am forever indebted to all those who aided in the installation/de-installation of the piece... especially to my incredibly encouraging and ridiculously accommodating professor, Jarod Charzewski. We had the pleasure (??) of installing it once, for our class critique, and then a second time, for the Halsey Gallery's 2009 Young Contemporaries, the annual juried CofC student show.

Read about it here... on the Charleston City Paper's website.

I was thrilled that the piece was going to get to live for another month, the duration of the show, but was unfortunately informed just days after the opening that that wasn't going to be the case. Apparently carpet padding is a highly flammable material... and the placing of my piece was in "direct violation" of the fire code. Imagine that. It was promptly moved.

It was beyond repair. I shed a few tears. But oh well... I'm recovering. At least I got some prize money from the show!

There's a chance you may be seeing a resurrected version of Adit Anew in the near future... will keep you posted...

4ft x 8ft x 8ft tunnel constucted with 2x4's and covered with drywall

Friday, May 15, 2009

Where is Thumbkin? (on the move)

This is my latest Thumbkin piece. Somewhat of a model for what I would like to do large-scale. Unfortunately it only got to stay up for a day... plaster isn't the most durable of materials, after all. I would have liked to have done them in concrete, but naturally, as a student, I happened to be under time restraints. I do still have the molds, so be on the lookout for baby concrete thumbs!

April 2009

And no, I did not get in trouble for destroying the vines... yet... they grow back, right?

I've been having fun lately with installation sculpture... I'll elaborate on this someday on my other blog.

nearly 50 cast plaster thumbs... ranging from 1 to 3 inches tall