3 16 2014

New piece.  Bronze. ‘Two Grub Worms’

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2-22-2014

Here’s a recording that hasn’t seen the light of day in many years.  ’Ma’Lady Luhr Id’ from the first Pollimorph album ‘Whet Thine Razorback Grimace’, which has only ever been available on cassette tape.

Ma’Lady Luhr Id

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11-13-2013

Jana and I each have a piece in this years Think Small 7!  Jana did a super-cool watercolor, while I did two bronze cicadas.

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October 25, 2013 – December 22, 2013

think small 7!

October 25 through December 22, 2013

A biennial international miniature invitational exhibition. Think Small! is a major Fundraising Event for artspace. The 2013 exhibition is the 7th installment in the series.

Think Small 7!
Featuring works by over 250 artists in our Main, Frable, Helena Davis and Suzanne Foley Galleries

Flash Fiction
stories that are 100 words or less
smallspace Gallery

Friday, Nov. 22
Mid-Show Reception
Free and Open to the Public
7-10pm

Zero East 4th Street
Richmond, VA 23224

Tuesday-Sunday, 12-4PM
and By Appointment

804.232-6464
artspaceorg@gmail.com

 

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10-5-13

Here is some music I’ve been working on lately:

incomplete metamorphosis  Vocals by Sacha Iskra, Guitar by Tom Monsees

Short Decay Violin and Cello by Christopher Marion, Vocals by Sacha Iskra, Synth by Tom Monsees

Boundlings Synth and drums by Tom Monsees

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I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I’m going to try to post with a bit more regularity.  Unfortunately life and work seem to be forever getting in the way of intentions.

I’ve been working on a series of insect sculptures.  This one is two cicadas in bronze.  I found many cicada shells on trees around my parents house, filled one with wax, in order to strengthen it, and made a mold. I had a few cast in bronze, then I metal chased them and soldered these two together.  Finally I heated them up and applied a thin coating of wax.

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I’ve also been having a lot of fun making quick tree like forms out of blown ink.

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I’ve made some as cards as well:

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The last thing I’d like to mention today is the music I’ve been working on.  I’ve been recording myself playing an old synthesiser (The Kitten by Octave).  Then, if it seems appropriate, I add drums, or ask other musicians to add, guitar, bass, violin, cello, or vocals.  The sounds occasionally remind me of Popol Vuh, Michael Nyman, Zbigniew Preisner, and a bit of Goblin thrown in for good measure.

My goal, if I ever have the time and space, is to make short claymation films to accompany each of the songs, or give them to The Brothers Quay to use on one of their shorts, that would be just as good.

To hear some of the songs please visit my soundcloud page:

https://soundcloud.com/gestate

 

 

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8 20 2012

I’ve been working on some music lately.  It’s very much inspired by Michael Nyman, Popol Vuh, Zbigniew Preisner.  I’m pretty happy with the direction the songs have been taking so far.   You can check out some examples here:

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4 29 2012

 

They’re finally here!  Extremely limited edition vinyl pressings of the second Pollimorph album Hurdy Gurd Horizons.  These two covers were designed and put together by Brian Williams on a letter press machine.  The paper is hand made and the colors are amazingly  vibrant.

 


A third cover, in a slightly larger edition, is currently being worked on.  Here are some in progress shots. It’s the Pollimorph logo laser cut into brown chip board record covers.

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Nov 20 2011

I’ve talked a lot about my sculptures on this site and a little about the movies I’ve worked on, but something I’ve yet to touch upon is the music I’ve been involved with.  I’ve been playing the drums since I was a kid and I’ve had the opportunity to play with a number of talented musicians, a motley crew of glue sniffers and perverts really.

Chiefly among this group is Brian Williams, a.k.a. Pollimorph, whom I’ve known and had the great good fortune to play with for over half my life.  We’ve played together in a number of groups from the early 90′s to today.  In my mind the most successful of these incarnations has been Pollimorph.  We recorded two albums, “Whet Thine Razorback Grimace’, and ‘Hurdy Gurd Horizons’.  ‘Whet Thine Razorback Grimace’ was released on cassette tape only

while Hurdy Gurd Horizon saw release on CD

and is currently being pressed on vinyl. There will be a limited number of these records available on this site and in a few stores around Manhattan in the coming months.  We have plans to record some new material in the near future.

Here is a track entitled ‘Black to Violet’ from Hurdy Gurd Horizons:

Black to Violet

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Oct 16

Think Small 6 finished piece:

Two Bees Under Glass.  2 7/8 Inches

Some quick preparatory sketches:

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Oct 2

I was invited to participate in a show called Think Small which takes place every year in Richmond VA and displays work no bigger than 3X3 inches.  I thought I’d do something with bees and this is what I came up with.

It’s two bees touching heads.  They’re roughly 1 inch from wing to wing.  This is it in red wax:

After I was happy with the wax sculpture I took it to a jeweler, Tito Castings in NYC, who proceeded to make a silicone mold and pour it in silver.

Here are some before and after clean up pictures:

Before: Notice the sprues at the base of the bees abdomens.

After:

I bought a small glass dome, from glassdomes.com, and I’m going to attempt to drill a tiny hole in the top.  I want the bees to be hanging suspended in the dome.  Hopefully I will have some photographs of the finished piece soon.

I think this was  a good test for the larger more complicated Bee Flower sculpture I’m still laboriously laboring over.  I really didn’t think the legs and antenna would come out, but Tito Castings did a beautiful job.  I’ve completed two petals for one flower, the end is no where near in sight.

Info on Think Small 6

artspace
is pleased to present …

THINK SMALL 6!
THINKSMALL6!

6th Biennial International Miniature Invitational Exhibition

Exhibit runs from
October 28, through December 18, 2011

Gala Preview
Thursday, October 27, 2011
7:00-10:00 pm
$20

Opening Reception
Friday, October 28, 2011
7:00-10:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Second Reception
Friday, November 25, 2011
7:00-10:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public


Exhibition Catalog
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 29, 2011


Lois ADLER-ROUSSELL
Margery ALBERTINI
Jason ALDRICH
Cristopher ALLEN
Leo AMADOR
Judith ANDERSON
Melissa ANDERSON
Susanne K. ARNOLD
Gary BACHERS
Jenni BACHMAN
Lew BAILES
John BAILEY
Diane BALISTER
Leslie BANTA
Doug BARKEY
Pat BERRAN
Billy Bob BEAMER
Beth BEAVEN
BEQ
Todd BIRDSONG
Amy BLACK
Jim BLACK
Susan BOCK
Dare BOLES
Emily BOWSER
Stacy BOYER
David BROMLEY
Judith FAE BROWN
Margaret BUCHANAN
Jessica BURKE
Carol BURTNER
Kathleen CALHOUN
Daniel CALDER
Bridget CAMDEN
Andrew CAMPBELL
Leigh Anne CHAMBERS
Ingrid Moldenhauer CHASE
Ann CHENOWETH
Wes CHILDRESS
Frederick CHIRIBOGA
Sukjin CHOI
Lauren CIFRANIC
Sara CLARK
Cheryl CLAYTON
Diane CLEMENT
Andy COPPOLA
Edward COPPOLA
Brian COUNIHAN
Jennifer COX
David W. CULPEPPER
Victoria DANIEL
Debbie DaPRANO
Renee DeCHRISTOPHER
Santa Sergio DE HAVEN
Nic DeSANTIS
Paula DEMMERT
Madonna DERSCH
Paul DiPASQUALE
Anca DOBRIAN
Rita DRISCOLL
Dana DuMONT
Jamie DUNN
Karen Williams EDELMANN
Shawn EISENACH
Mary C. EISENDRATH
Alan ENTIN
Cynthia ERDAHL
Marc FAGAN
Marti FANN
Geoff FEDER
Colin FERGUSON
Heidi FIELD-ALVAREZ
Susan FITZPATRICK
Matthew FLOWERS
Tiffany FLOYD
Elisabeth FLYNN-CHAPMAN
FOUST
Joelle FRANCHT
Kay FRANZ
Regula FRANZ
Hee Ja FREEMAN
Dana FROSTICK
Donna FROSTICK
Barry FUCHS
Grant GARMEZY
Josh GEORGE
Michael GETTINGS
Janet GILMORE-BRYAN
Tiffany GLASS FERREIRA
Carol GOLEMBOSKI
Mim GOLUB
Reni GOWER
Sallie GRANT
Jamie GREENE
Susan GREENE
Jenna GUTHRIE
Jennifer HANCOCK
John A. HANCOCK
Mark HAVENS
Martha HAYDEN
Rick HAYNES
Susan HEATLEY
Pete HEIBERGER
Frank HELLER
Llewellyn HENSLEY
Mary Anne HENSLEY
Tere HERNANDEZ-BONET
Laura HEYWARD
Sharon HILL
Tom HOHMAN
Marian HOLLOWELL
Jo HOOTS
Ed HOLTEN
Kate HORNE
Mary HORTON
Barbara HOUSE
Erin HOUSHOLDER
Mitzi HUMPHREY
Sheryl HUMPHREY
Yvonne HUMPHRIES
IINDIIGO
Helen ILNICKY
Susan IVERSON
Susan JAMISON
Deborah JAOUEN
Rosemary JESIONOWSKI
Catherine D. JOHNSON
Douglas JOHNSON

Hugh JONES
Louis JOYNER
Dale KEATOR
E.B. KELLINGER
Lou Ann KEMP DANIEL
Meena KHALILI
Eric KNIGHT
Todd KNOPKE
Lela KOMETIANI
Angela KOSLOW
Glenda KOTCHISH
Joseph LABATE
Linda LAINO
Grace Lee LAWRENCE
Carmen LEITCH
Lisa LEVINE
Gail LEVINER
Alice LEVINSON
Laura Sherrill LIGON
Judy LITTLE
Bev LOCKWOOD
Caroline LONG
Keith LONG
Reese LYNCH
Mar MAKAY
Emma Lou MARTIN
Jessica MARTINKOSKY
Sarah MASTERS
Megan MATTAX
Deirdra McAFEE
Scott McCARNEY
Dan McCORMACK
Chris McDANIEL
Martin McFADDEN LRPS
Elizabeth W. MEGGS
Libby MEGGS
Jane MOHR
Tom MONSEES
Beth MORELLI
Richard MOSES
Dan MOUER
Paul MUICK
Karen MULLINS
Chet NAYLOR
Henrietta NEAR
Brigette NEWBERRY
Piper NICHOLE
Annette NORMAN
Julie Adler NOYES
Michael NOYES
Alex NYERGES
Amie OLIVER
Shann PALMER
James PARKER
Lynne PATTERSON
Tricia PEARSALL
Suzanne PENDER
Eddie PETERS
Julia PFAFF
Adam PIERCE
Michael PIERCE
Kristin POLICH
Cris POOL
Joshua POTEAT
Yupin PRAMOTEPIPOP
Michael PREBLE
Kathryn PURVIS
Debbie QUICK
Keith RAMSEY
Katy RESCH
Matthew Damian RITCHIE
Michael C. ROBERTS
Elaine ROGERS
Christopher ROK
Steve ROSENZWEIG
James ROSS
Michelle ROZIC
Robin RYDER
Deborah SAKS
Diego SANCHEZ
Aaron SANDERS
Susan SANDLIN
Ronni SAUNDERS
Ward SAUNDERS
Anne C. SAVEDGE
Chuck SCALIN
Noah SCALIN
Phillip SCARPONE
Jude SCHLOTZHAUER
Alan SCHWARTZ
Pat SCULL
Chris SEMTNER
Pam SHELOR
Mark J. SHIVELY
Jan SHROPSHIRE
Peggy SIEGEL–>
Robin SILBERMAN
Patrice SIMPSON
Jessica L. SIMS
Kay SMITH
Priscilla SMITH
Ephraim “Ed” STEINBERG
Zach STENSEN
Jason STICK
Jana STOCKWELL
Nancy Lea STRUBE
Susan SVENDSEN
Lynne SWARD
Mary SWEZEY
James TERRANI
Beth THOMAS
Allison TITUS
Virginia TYACK
Dawn M. VASS
Jane VAUGHT
Janet P. VISSER
William WAGGONER
Aubrey WALKER
Brian WALKER
Irene WARD
Jordan W. WEAVER
Ann WEBSTER
Cole H. WELTER
Kathleen WESTKAEMPER
R. Sawan WHITE
Susann WHITTIER
Grant WIGGINS
Dennis WINSTON
Tarynn M. WITTEN
Wendy WOLF
Cheri WOLFF
Robert ZIEGLER

email: thinksmallart@gmail.com

Previous Think Small Exhibition Catalogues

  • TS5! – NOVEMBER 6, THROUGH DECEMBER 20, 2009
  • TS4! – NOVEMBER 4, THROUGH DECEMBER 17, 2007
  • TS3! – NOVEMBER 4, THROUGH DECEMBER 17, 2005
  • TS2! – NOVEMBER 7 THROUGH DECEMBER 20, 2003
  • TS1! – NOVEMBER 2 THROUGH DECEMBER 23, 2001
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