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.
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
stories that are 100 words or less
Friday, Nov. 22
Free and Open to the Public
Zero East 4th Street
Richmond, VA 23224
and By Appointment
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
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.
I’ve also been having a lot of fun making quick tree like forms out of blown ink.
I’ve made some as cards as well:
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:
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:
Think Small 6 finished piece:
Two Bees Under Glass. 2 7/8 Inches
Some quick preparatory sketches:
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.
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
is pleased to present …
6th Biennial International Miniature Invitational Exhibition
Exhibit runs from
October 28, through December 18, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Free and Open to the Public
Friday, November 25, 2011
Free and Open to the Public
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
Susanne K. ARNOLD
Billy Bob BEAMER
Judith FAE BROWN
Leigh Anne CHAMBERS
Ingrid Moldenhauer CHASE
David W. CULPEPPER
Santa Sergio DE HAVEN
Karen Williams EDELMANN
Mary C. EISENDRATH
Hee Ja FREEMAN
Tiffany GLASS FERREIRA
John A. HANCOCK
Mary Anne HENSLEY
Catherine D. JOHNSON
Lou Ann KEMP DANIEL
Grace Lee LAWRENCE
Laura Sherrill LIGON
Emma Lou MARTIN
Martin McFADDEN LRPS
Elizabeth W. MEGGS
Julie Adler NOYES
Matthew Damian RITCHIE
Michael C. ROBERTS
Anne C. SAVEDGE
Mark J. SHIVELY
Jessica L. SIMS
Ephraim “Ed” STEINBERG
Nancy Lea STRUBE
Dawn M. VASS
Janet P. VISSER
Jordan W. WEAVER
Cole H. WELTER
R. Sawan WHITE
Tarynn M. WITTEN
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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I’ve been able to complete a bit more work on the Bee Flower sculpture. I made a mold of some real bees, using a pliable rubber called Dragon Skin, and cast them in red wax. I was able to pull bee bodies and heads from the molds, but no wings or antenna. The wings and antenna are too delicate to be poured in metal, so it’s something I’ll have to add to the final cast metal sculpture in any case.
The bees come out in wax needing quite a bit of clean up and chasing. It’s a project that’s going to take a long time, I’m estimating around 1.000 to 1,200 bees for one Bee Flower sculpture.
Here are some pictures of one petal in red wax:
The red wax is a little hard to photograph because it’s reflective, but I think this gives a pretty good idea of what it will look like.
So, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to write a new post. Work seems to get in the way much too often.
Just a quickie today. This is an idea I had for a new piece, that is if I can figure out how to make it work. It’s an orchid made out of bees.
Here’s a photo of some real bees placed in the shape of a few orchid petals. It’s flat and only two petals but I think it’s a pretty good rough approximation of what it will look like. I got the bees from a beekeeper, Joel, who sells honey at the local farmers market every weekend. He unfortunately lost an entire hive, but was able to give me a bunch of bees to experiment with.
And here are some pics of an orchid.
I’m thinking of doing a version where the bees are painted like bees, then another version where the bees are painted like the orchid (Patent pending). Hopefully it’ll be a trompe l’oeil type of effect, fooling the eye into thinking it’s a flower until getting closer and seeing that it’s comprised of hundreds bees.
That’s the idea anyway. We’ll see how it turns out.