Actually I’ve had the account forever, but I started posting pics of my recent assemblages and sculptures there. So if you just want art pics without anything else I may blather about here, that’s your solution. (Of course, if you’re reading this, you’re probably okay with non-art blather, so you’re not really the target audience for this announcement. But your friends may be. Better repost to them just to be sure.)
Technically, the opening of the Pandemonium Art Gallery isn’t until tomorrow evening, but tonight was the exclusive pre-opening, with artists, family and friends invited — a lot of people in a small gallery space.
it would have been rude of me to take pictures of other people’s art in the gallery, so I just took this one: Proof that my stuff is there.
The caveat for any sketch for a prospective assemblage is that it’s guaranteed to change significantly depending on what assemblable materials present themselves, but I think when I do this one, the result will be recognizably related to this:
I’m not going to start it right away — got a couple of things to finish up first, and materials to assemble — so don’t get impatient.
I intended this to be a one-day build last Saturday, but between visiting three Asian markets before I found suitable dried fish and then waiting for layers of acrylic to dry (yes, a heat gun is on my wish list), it took be until yesterday to put the finishing touches on it. That’s okay; with this kind of thing, a lot of the process is walking away/coming back/puttering with sticking different things to it.
“Piscesque,” 8″ x 11″ 1.5″:
This and “The Fate of Centeotl” have been spoken for by Pandemonium Art Gallery.
I don’t know how to classify this, as it’s not precisely an assemblage. A construction, maybe? Whatever it is, I’m currently calling it “The Fate of Centeotl”:
It’s pretty large for what I usually do, 19″ x 23″ x 7″ (largely because of the sticky-out nails). It’s also minimally painted — the salvaged wood had so a wonderful texture, I couldn’t bring myself to mess it up with paint. (The food is from a picnic table with connected benches which was old when we got it ten years ago. The food’s still good and strong; it was the hollow metal struts that finally rusted through and fell apart.)
The Pandemonium Art Gallery, a new gallery opening August 17th on 25th Street in Ogden, has accepted a few of my pieces for display:
“The Fetus Engine”:
Ah, the best laid plans: Last year, for the first Steamfest, 600 attendees were expected; 1200 came. This year, 1200 were expected; roughly 600 came. Part of it was probably the change of venue from downtown SLC to a conference center in Layton, about fifteen miles north into Davis County. We in Davis are used to leaving our backyards for everything down in SLC, but I think there are some Salt Lakers that fear stepping out of the metro area because heere there be dragones.
Nevertheless, a good time to be had, and plenty of admirers for my curious wonderments (even though the spiderhead only attended on Friday — I had a little mishap taking him home that night, so he needed some repairs).
Bonus: I spent my time at my Artists Alley table sketching. At first they started out as ideas for future creatures and constructions, but somewhere near the end they just became outlandish thingamabobs. Here’s a thumbnail gallery!
I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of both of these before I took them to Steamfest (a semi-update post to come) — I only finished the second one this morning — but neither of them sold, giving you a second chance to observe them. Aren’t you blessed?
I call this one “The Fetus Engine.”
The FEED button doesn’t do anything, but there’s a switch on the back that lights a small LED in the box below the fetus.
This one is “The Scarab of Deseret”: