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Dec. 13th, 2008 | 10:11 pm
location: Mount Pleasant, MI
mood: curiouscurious

I've been collecting seasonal photos from around my parents property, So far I have Spring and Fall. Winter coming soon! It just has not quite been perfect yet for photos.
More photos under the cut:
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Long time no post!

Sep. 30th, 2008 | 03:45 pm
location: Open Concept Gallery, Grand Rapids MI
mood: artisticartistic

I have been neglecting this blog, due to how crazy my life has been!
Aside from a 40+ hour a week job, I am also interning at the Open Concept Gallery in Grand Rapids Michigan, which is also the home of the International Sculpture Conference this year! Unfortunately I cannot afford to attend the conference, but I will be apart of the Grand Opening reception for the new downtown sculpture "Journey Home" by Dennis Oppenheim, that is taking place this Friday from 5-9.

I will be posting here more often as I start to get my portfolio together and I start finishing more work.
For anyone who is interested:

http://www.iampicasso85.deviantart.com/

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Sandy Skogland!

Mar. 11th, 2008 | 10:13 pm
mood: excitedexcited

I'm so excited to be participating in a workshop with Sandy Skogland!
How AWESOME is that!
We're setting up an instillation at the Art Gallery that I intern at, and it will have water bottles and things. I'll post pics.
If you don't know Sandy Skogland......
http://www.sandyskoglund.com/
....Now ya do!

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New Show!

Mar. 2nd, 2008 | 11:58 am

I just recently had two of my ceramic pieces accepted into the Student Juried Exhibition at the CMU University Art Gallery!
This gallery is also the one I am interning at, so it will be neat to see my work in the gallery everyday for the next month!
The Juror was Armin Mersmann from the Midland Center for the Arts.

Gallery: http://www.uag.cmich.edu/

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Mar. 2nd, 2008 | 11:20 am
mood: complacentcomplacent

I fixed up my wax robot images, and put them together in a montage for one click browsing!




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Finished Wax Robots!

Feb. 28th, 2008 | 01:13 pm
mood: artisticartistic

I finally have some images of my finished robots, these were done in foundry wax, and will be cast in bronze here in the next few weeks.
There are 3 pieces total. A walking robot, a reclined robot, and then a sitting robot. Each one is kinetic in its own way.  There is going to be a ton of finishing and welding, I just can't wait to see them finished!

*Sorry about the rotated images, I will fix those when I can.*

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Bronze

Feb. 23rd, 2008 | 11:25 am
mood: cheerfulcheerful

Although my bronze work is extremely new, I really enjoy it. The dragon in me loves the flames, molten metal, and heat. It's very primal and I just love it. I get all giddy when we do pours!
The first time I took bronze casting I was very apprehensive, but I buckled down and did the best I could. I made three pieces.
One is a standing figure, with a mummified death look to him. He is very rigid and statuesque. This was my first time ever working with wax, so I decided to work conservatively and keep the form simple, and learn to work with the material. 
(No picture at the moment.)
The second is sitting figure with the same surface treatment and look.  I wanted him to be more reclined and approachable and a bit more "alive". 
http://fc02.deviantart.com/fs18/f/2007/122/8/e/Intent_by_Iampicasso85.jpg
My bronze prof. told me once she had a nightmare that my figure had come to life in the studio, I think that speaks well for the action potential the figures have.
I treated them with a liver of sulfur patina, which is just a glorious black finish, that when polished, gives the bronze a deep high detail relief.

When writing about the idea behind the work, I referenced sketches I had done for quite some time. I really enjoy anatomy, in a more scientific way, instead of the constant focus on rendering the human form in is perfection, and beauty, I prefer to examine how it works and moves. The stretch and pull of muscle and organ. Skin tends to get in the way, a bit gruesome perhaps, but all the neat stuff is on the inside.

The third piece I did was a relief cast in rammed sand molds.  This turned out marvelously, all the textures and details came out better than I could have imagined, there was a bit of reticulation when the bronze hit the sand, but thats because the pour team was a newer team and didn't quite have their aim perfect yet, but thats why it's a class! He he, it's all good. I gave the piece to my parents, because the image is my parents house, something that they hold very dear since they basically built it themselves and have spent most of their lives maintaining and improving it, and paying for it.
(No picture at the moment)

The wax projects I'm working on now are currently in molds, but I do have some pictures of the wax patterns, I should have those soon.  Also I will have pictures from the bronze pour, and cast patterns! Woo! Exciting!

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