Friday, August 14, 2009

keeping up the shop in Frankford

So, I finally made the move up to Philly for a woodworking apprenticeship with a cool dude named Evan. (Def check out his shit which is undoubtedly the tytetron: And for now I'm sleeping in the shop, working for him during the day and just picked up a busboy job near Center City at night. Doesn't leave a lot of time to make work or to make any friends for that matter, both of which are non-existent so far. If you guys, you readers (whom I fear are just as well non-existent), know any Philly connects give me a ring. Regardless, here are some pics of Evan's ridiculously chron shop I now have access to. Also there are some pics of work I've been doing for Evan. Also if you have not read East of Eden do so right now. Steinbeck is my personal shaman.

Monday, June 1, 2009

chimney sweep

The first day back in Charlottesville I am hired to go to work on a house on the Rivanna River in Earlysville for my father. It's a family affair, really. My first task after hauling all my stuff back home from Richmond, (not to mention helping all my friend's move their stuff the day before as well), my dad asks me to help him tear down a chimney. After finishing the 2nd floor on Saturday we took a break and finished the rest on Sunday. After pondering all day how demolishing a chimney is surely a great sculpture I regretted not grabbing my camera on Saturday. Now that I remembered my camera, these are some pics from Sunday.

the wrecking crew

alex, my little brother


rachel, my younger sis

ben, rachel's manly beau

dad, the overseer

the other chimney, to give you an exact replica of what we had to take down

the opening for the chimney after 2nd floor demo was complete

the flu

casualty from a heavy load

quick fix

the 1st floor

way to step it up this time, ben...

about halfway done

the 1st gangway of planks

oh, how quickly we evolve

our dump pile at the beginning of the day

and at the end of the day

a short stump

now just a little spread

all swept up

then i thought i'd take some pictures of the river

the river halfway from the house



nessie's vacation home...

the tall grass

Sunday, May 24, 2009

ahoy! from above or below

This is my last piece from undergrad sculpture with liz king. It's mostly wood, steel, pink foam, and hydrostone and the structure as a whole was quite a feat for me to accomplish in our small studio spaces. The larger structure which is akin to a lifeguard stand is embedded with a kidney bean pool shaped swath similar to either an iceberg, or poured cement, and renders the chair without function. The somewhat humorously short diving board, besides being converse in size, is functional as the artist is asked to bounce unremittingly making the anonymous cube wiggle and hop. Although I wish not to delve too deep, I find both of these an exercise in idle contemplation.

Monday, May 11, 2009

how can you be blue when you've got the greens

Here's a link to a book on one of my later projects at the end of school. This project was a process marinating in my basement for a month before being relived in the fab lobby. Much caretaking, conversating, watering, and growth occurred. You should check out the book, its cheap on lulu but also a free downloadable pdf. I might be posting pictures soon as well.

"Greens Keeper"

Friday, May 8, 2009

goodbye studios...

I have much much remorse in leaving vcu probably most of all because I no longer have their great facilities to exploit. In my deep sorrow I have stitched together this panorama shot of the studios from the viewpoint of my lifeguard stand, a piece of a sculpture I'm still working on. And although I've been bad about keeping this blog updated, I will soon hopefully piece together on here some of the last things I was working on in the studios and hopefully that will lead into things I'm now doing outside of the studio, like starting a band with my little brother!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

the pillow, the whale, and the storm

This is a piece I have recently been working on. I'll include a picture of the title card so hopefully it will make sense. It's an installation of three sculptures, one being mostly performative, but they all directly depend and play off one another.