So it’s been well over a year since the last post on this site. Why? So many reasons, but suffice it to say that a lot of time and restructuring and thinking has led to a decision. If the studio moves forward it will look very different. I’ve realized that while sculpture is fun, it does not give the full sense of satisfaction of something a bit more challenging in my opinion. That “something” is design. Oh, we’ll still be making sculptures, but creating new works that are beautiful, functional, and efficient has really been a great challenge lately, and gives the studio an opportunity to have an even greater influence in the world. After all, the most powerful aspect of any art in my opinion, is the ability to influence the lives of others in a positive way. Okay, enough of all the touchy-feels stuff. Have a look at a new lighting design for a table lamp. Many more will come, but on a new website for Meridian, with a new look and feel. Stay tuned…
So it’s been almost three months, but finally we’re back, and moving quickly. So far, all but a few portions of the new damselfly are completed. Yes that’s right! A new damselfly will be part of this new sculpture, although it’s design will be strikingly different from the previous one. This is going to be a large sculpture. Perhaps one of the largest in the Eden series. This week, we had another local artist, Tony Deschiney taking some amazing photographs of the work as Brandon, my father, Paul Wagner, and myself continued working on various parts and pieces. Brandon was hard at work measuring, cutting, and welding together the pieces that make up the underlying framework that all other portions will attach to. My dad worked on precision machining of parts for the body of the damselfly, and I worked on finish work to get the metal for various parts ready for paint. We also began working on color tests for the lotus leaves. A HUGE amount of work was either started, completed, or somewhere in between. Have a look at some of the great pics by Tony of the next sculpture in the Eden series, “Departing Samsara”. – Kyle
Yes, that’s right. It appears there’s enough going on to have a weekly update. While I didn’t get as much done this weekend as I would have liked, one of the major milestones has been nearly completed. Construction of the lotus is over halfway complete. By next week it should be finished (Should be fun to paint). Meanwhile, for the first time in almost two years, the hot shop is back up and running albeit in a limited fashion. Some small glass pieces were fired in the small kiln, while the big kiln gets closer to firing back up as well. A lot of progress is still being made. For now, have a look at a few pics of the lotus in its current state.
For the newest sculpture, a lotus plant is a prominent feature. In this case, the lotus will be quite large, and as before, this will be made mostly out of steel. In the following video, you can see how we use an oxy-acetylene torch to braise wires for the stamens to the flower stem, just below the cone shaped structure, or what would be called the “carpellary receptacle” A lot of work was done to get the flower core to this stage, but I think this video is a great example of how delicate the work can be, and how careful we must be to make sure everything turns out just right. Enjoy! – Kyle
Lotus Flower Core from Brandon Mason on Vimeo.
In this video Kyle is brazing the stamen of the lotus flower onto the base. You can see the seed pod and the stem, and the petals will later be attached just below the stamen. Everything is made of steel.
With Odonata sold, it has provided the means and the impetus to continue developing the Eden series. A lot of design work has gone into the development of this next sculpture, along with a heavy helping of research on materials and the usual subject study. As a result, I think this next piece will take the Eden series to the next level. Over the next few weeks you will be able to see this work come together, and have an idea of the cooperation between the three people working on this sculpture to create a one-of-a-kind sculpture. Smarter design, careful planning, and a commitment to quality are all important to the evolution of my artwork, so I will be just as happy to see how all the up-front planning pays off. -Kyle
For now, have a look at some details of this new sculpture…
Odonata is sold!
The sculpture will have a great home in the residence of a very nice gentleman in California.
Having learned some very important lessons, it will soon be time to get back into the shop and finish the sculpture and lighting installations already in development. I am only a few weeks away from completing my degree, and couldn’t be happier about all of this.
For now, let’s take a look at some of the beautiful photos taken by Andrei Sorokin…
With well over a year since the last post, we’ve had a lot to think about.
What to do next
What we can learn from the past.
It seems longer than the time its been since the last post. Odonata is currently on sale, I find myself thinking about what comes after.
The shop may be open again in a few months or less, and I have plenty of thoughts about what will be the next sculpture in the Eden series. In fact, I’ve already planned, designed, and begun to build portions of the next piece. I am committed to this series, and find that I need answers to a few good questions to help make me a better artist.
I’ll share more details including video and pictures in the coming weeks. School is almost over, and I’m going to have more time to devote to the work I enjoy.
For now, check out the beautiful photos of Odonata on our Ebay posting! Much thanks to Andrei Sorokin!
On with the saga… for part 1 click here. Also, at the suggestion of Nicholas DiBiase, I’ve made a PDF version. Now with pictures!
I decided at some point that I should check out the dating service ‘Costco’ this year, and Thursday morning seemed like a good time. I borrowed Chris’s bike and rode out. My tie and cowboy hat costume of the previous day had provided poor protection, and realizing the extent of my sun burns I decided to sport a Hawaiian shirt. The kind folks at Costco explained that the rule is you bring someone along that is similar to the person you’d like to be matched with. (The right sex, age, and interests perhaps). I figured that I’d run into someone soon enough, so I grabbed my forms and headed back to camp. Shortly after, Laurie arrived back in camp and I managed to *cough* sucker her into filling out the forms and heading back down with me. Riding on a blue bike with pink ribbons this time, I managed to keep up despite the awkward contraption beneath me.
Burning Man 2010: Part 2 – continue reading
Here’s the first installment of my Burning Man story, covering Monday – Wednesday. Stay tuned for the second which will cover the man and temple burn. UPDATE: Read the second half here, or download the PDF.
We arrived at Black Rock City on Monday around midnight. Waiting in line was actually an enjoyable experience, in contrast with waiting in the mid day sun as I had on the previous trip. It had just rained, so the playa was packed down and the air was cool. The moon was a huge yellow orb just above the horizon, and I heard someone ask if it was an art installation. “Yes!” came the reply from a passing biker. “God’s the artist!”
When we got into the city, the people I rode with drove to their camp at 3:30 & D and parked. They went off to find adventure, while I biked down to Playa Info. I found my friend Elijah’s address posted there, as he promised. 6:15 & H. I made several trips back and forth to get my gear unloaded, then set up my tent, had a bite to eat, and crashed for the night. It was cold, and I wished I had brought more warm clothing, but my sleeping bag and a borrowed long sleeve shirt kept me warm enough.
When I woke up to a beautiful Tuesday morning and decided to give Elijah’s solar cell setup a try at warming my oatmeal. Finding the right switch on the inverter, I flipped it, then turned the knob on the electric burner. A loud buzzing sound notified me that something was wrong, and after tinkering with it for a bit I began to lose hope for warm oatmeal. Fortunately for me, the neighbors were kind enough to let me use their gas burner. Lesson learned – bring low tech backup next time.
Elijah and his girlfriend Nicki eventually stumbled bleary eyed out of his red volvo station wagon. They had spent the night huddled there with the heater on to stay warm, and were contemplating heading back home if their outlooks didn’t improve. I tried to convince them to stick around and try to get some help from fellow burners. Apparently things worked out, because they stuck around for the whole burn.
Burning Man 2010 – Part 1 – continue reading