New piece. Bronze. ‘Two Grub Worms’
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.
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.
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.
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Richmond, VA 23224
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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:
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.
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:
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:
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
6th Biennial International Miniature Invitational Exhibition
Exhibit runs from
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
Previous Think Small Exhibition Catalogues
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