First welded piece I’ve made in a while and not a bright color! The first couple of images show I was working through different compositions before I settled with one. Also, a lot of pre-painting and sanding happened before the final coat was sprayed.
The sculpture ended up in Greenville, NC for the DownEast outdoor sculpture competition.
Started out the new year installing a sculpture for the city of Danville, VA. My graduate professor from Bowling Green State University (OH), Shawn Morin also installed a sculpture of his. Had a nice opening reception for the event and nice sunset at the end of the day!
Our final critique for Sculpture was our wood project. Both classes turned out some good stuff, while all the work was original and differed from one another.
We had a great time with all of the things covered in 2 hour demo from Reynolds Advanced Materials this morning! They are the sales end of “Smooth On” rubber and casting products. Our rep (Amy) covered a number of mold making rubbers and casting materials; namely resin.
Things ended with everyone being able to cast there thumb in resin using Alja-Safe, which is safe to apply directly to the skin.
We started out the semester reproducing fond objects of our choice with new traditional media. The materials used in the images include, Aspirin, plastic army men and wheat. Students had to change the scale of the work, so using the original object was needed for observing it in 3D, but not to directly model off of or use as a framework.
As incoming art faculty at Albright College I had the great opportunity to exhibit my work for the college and community during the start of the Fall semester.
The three opening show images are of my more interactive sculptures.
History Professor, John Pankratz, Ph.D. documented the opening, link below showcasing the entire event.
At the end of the spring semester I had a student that inquired about molds that did not incorporate rubber or some kind of flexible material to create an exact copy of modeled object. He had a clay bust that was not meant for firing and still wanted a more permanent version of it.
For this spring semester two of my students worked on building a RepRap 3D printer as research. The printer had been started from prior semester, but that was limited to only the construction of the frame; which still had to be taken apart and rebuilt. The concept of the RepRap is that it is built from open-source community, software and designs. The RepRap started the whole entry level printer movement available for the educator, artist to the everyday person.
A Printrbot printer was used to make some of the parts that had broken from assembly or to update a part from the wiki environment. Members share new designs, so as a community the printer is updated as users address issues they encounter.
Sculpture received a donation from a women that could no longer carve and wanted her un-carved stone to go to a good home. So, spring semester brought on bigger possibilities and with that came greater challenges.
Notice the Maquette in the far left image, this helps a great deal for reductive sculpting from six sides. After the design has been mapped out on the stone, start carving; or for this example cut down to size first. The last image is a finished result (later in the spring 2016 student show). It was cut into numerous pieces and then adhered together with an industrial epoxy.
During winter break I was doing some running around with my mother back in Ohio and one of the places we stopped at was her bank. As I was waiting I saw a very familiar designed sculpture. The cast aluminum panels for the bank were designed, cast and installed by Akron, Ohio sculptor Don Drumm. I would say he is the reason I got into sculpture in the first place. Designing such large sculptures that were cast and welded aluminum in the early sixties was very progressive as the ability to weld aluminum and have your own foundry was a feat within itself.
These relief sculptures are at a local bank in downtown Canton and were commissioned for the original bank for its grand opening in the sixties, I can’t remember that name of the original bank; sorry.