Don’t let the headlines discourage you folks, Oakland is lovely this time of year. Especially at 305 Center Street tomorrow night and Saturday afternoon! We’re almost all set up and hope to see you here.
Shown here is a little machine that produces a dizzying visual effect as part of a larger kaleidoscope project I’m working on. The sheets of striped plastic were salvaged from an older rear projection style television.
Video to follow in the next post.
I recently started working on a kaleidoscope sculpture. The idea is to hide the whole mechanism inside the old projector case in the background of this photo. A small hole in its side will provide a view of…. I don’t actually know what yet but it’s bound to be pretty surreal.
The first Sunday of every month is the Alameda Flea Market. It is vast, impossible to see one side from the other. It has taken me several visits there to learn to pace myself, and not grab everything in sight. The real challenge is hiking the mile back to the car with your loot. This time I showed restraint and only picked up one old wooden radio. The final image in this sequence shows an early concept of what I may do with it, though it is really too soon to tell.
Here is the arrangement of the creature and the submarine. I used lamp hardware to mount the pair to a piece of lava rock. It doesn’t show well in this photo but the vacuum tube glows dull orange.
My latest “found object” – 1981 Yamaha SR185 motorcycle. I’ve wanted to learn how to shape sheet metal from scratch for years now. I’ll be using this little bike as my excuse to finally get on it. Note my early attempt at a front fender. Gas tank etc. coming up next.
I had a few pieces recently featured in the South African version of Popular Mechanics. I was in good company too. Jeremy Mayer was on the cover and had a two page spread! Metal masters Christopher Conte, and Lawrence Northey were featured as well.
Here is a deer head trophy commission I’ve been working on. This one has the added feature of being able to position the head.
Apparently I haven’t yet had enough of the old “submarine vs. squid” theme in my work. Here are the beginning stages of the latest one. The propellor turns, and the portal window is back lit. I still plan to add some surface details (like rivets or something), and perhaps a periscope. Stay tuned for the squid!
I’ve just added Minotaur, Firefly, and In the Forest to my Blurb portfolio book (available for sale here). It is pretty much the same as my previous book otherwise. This is why I like this service so much. I am able to keep the book fresh as new work comes along.
Many thanks to all who came out to my studio show this weekend! It was great to catch up with those of you I knew, and to meet those I didn’t.
Here are a few photos of what my showroom looked like before people started arriving. I regret that I did not take photos throughout the day. If any one has any more images to share, I’d love to see them.
Getting ready for my studio show tomorrow. If there was any doubt to my sincerity, check out how clean my work table is!
I just finally got around to upgrading the drive mechanism in my mechanical deer sculpture. It needed a more robust chain and sprocket system. All better now.
Hi all. It’s come to my attention that there is some confusion as to the date of my studio show. It will be next weekend Saturday the 26, not this coming weekend. Hope to see some of you then.
Hello friends, I have just finished up a few new pieces and would like to invite you to come view them (and many others) at an impromptu show at my humble studio in Berkeley CA, Saturday, February 26th from 1-5 pm. It’s not often that I can assemble this many pieces (over two dozen!) in one place at one time so I thought I would jump at this opportunity to share my work, process and facilities with whomever among you are interested.
You can find directions to my studio here: http://www.nemomatic.com/nemomatic/directions.html
Facebook event here:
I recently put together a collection of my favorite pieces into one movie on Youtube. I figured it would be too long for the attention spans there but it seems I was wrong. Check it out: