Saturday, September 29, 2012


Today was a great day in the studio. Uninterrupted play. The best kind of work, right?
sponge, pvc, condoms, and wasabi peas

hair, pvc, fiberglass insulation, hog intestines, cast & tinted water putty, and hot glue

This guy is getting re-vamped... it's only the beginning!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


I've had assemblage on the brain lately. These little guys are my quirky attempt. I'm still not really sure how I feel about them yet, but I think they might be headed somewhere...

fiberglass insulation, polyurethane, balloon, great stuff, cast plaster, and rubber bands

fiberglass insulation, polyurethane, balloon, hot glue, and rubber band

cast aluminum, fiberglass insulation, polyurethane,balloon, and hog intestines

fiberglass insulation, polyurethane, cast plaster, and rubber band
hot glue, paper, cast water putty, and rubber bands

fiberglass insulation, hog intestines, zip ties, cast plaster, and hot glue

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

assemblages on paper

I'm hoping these 2.5D works might translate into some 3D (in the round) assemblages... at this point the paper is merely a ground on which the items collide. How can I better engage my surface? And if I'm not engaging it, why have one at all? These start to remind me of little critters...
polyurethane, hair, string, and pig intestines on 17" x 14" paper 
polyurethane, hair, fiberglass insulation, and pig intestines on 17" x 14" paper 
polyurethane, hair, string, and pig intestines on 17" x 14" paper 

3D Fundamentals

Have I even mentioned on here that I'm teaching my own class this semester?! Here are my students working on their plaster projects... We've been working out in the sculpture yard when it's nice out, but yesterday was stormy so we made-do inside. I started having flashbacks to that kid's class I taught at REDUX last year. What a crazy/fun mess!

Here is the prompt I gave my students...
We will be using the human figure as a point of departure for this project. Through the manipulation of your materials, your finished sculpture should somehow reference the human form – but that doesn’t mean it has to be strictly representational. In fact, it shouldn’t be that at all. The form you construct should fall somewhere between representation and abstraction, and should evoke/express a particular emotion (or set of emotions).
 And here are a few of the many examples I gave them...

Henry Moore

De Kooning

Hans Bellmer

Jake & Dinos Chapman

Robert Gober

Janine Antoni

Diana Al-Hadid

David Altmejd

COUNTERCONSTRUCTS: installation complete!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

george ohr

oh my goodness - I wish I could meet this man - what a character!!
This self-proclaimed "mad potter" helped pave the way for ceramicists like Kathy Butterly...

kathy butterly

who knew ceramics could be so darn cool? not me!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

sarah lucas

Sarah Lucas
There's a blue porcelain toilet sitting on the side of the road... I keep passing it on my commute to/from school. I have an odd urge to use it for a sculpture... but it will probably be gone by the time I figure out something to do with it.

something about still lifes

I've got still lifes on the brain... but not your typical still lifes. More like assemblages, I guess. Seemingly disparate objects mashed up to create awkwardly satisfying compositions. Are they purely formal? Probably not. Are they sculptures? Paintings? Does it matter?

Emily Rodia
Phoebe Washburn
Mike Calway-Fagen
Rachel de Joode
Rachel Harrison