In light of working...
I have been working in many directions.
I am currently "Phil-ling" in for the technical officer in the glass workshop at the Australian National University.
As well, I have been continuing my pursuit of my research, doing some project management for some designer projects, work on the new studio, preparation for upcoming traveling and teaching engagements this summer and beginning to construct some new pieces.
If you are interest in seeing the work, please check out the Beaver Galleries, Traver Gallery and the Blue Rain Gallery on their upcoming exhibitions.
If you want to see me soon in Australia, just drop by the ANU Mon-Wed or by our new shop in Queanbeyan. If you want to catch up in America, please come to Klaus Moje's award ceremony in Seattle, the festivities at the Museum of Glass for the LINKS exhibition or between the bookshelves at Powell's Books on Burnside Street in Portland, Oregon on Sunday May 19th and most likely May 20th...
Here is a few shots of my progress...
I have just recently completed a handful of new work from two different series of work.
The first couple of works are from the Barrel series and are entitled "Production Level 1" and Production Level 2". Each contain a set of seven mold blown barrel shapes with hand blown glass inserts and fabricated float glass lids. The number of the barrels relate to the number of available productive days in a week and address the realistic oscillation in the quality and completeness of effective effort.
The second set of works are related to my current PhD research on shipping containers. This work is from a new series entitled the Container Series. These works both highlight the historical utilization of glass as a container as well as make transparent the impact of the normally obscured use of the modern shipping container.
My hope is that each of these works lead to inquiries into the contents of containers, their relationship to their destination and origin and the necessity vs. the ability to utilize our modern globalized network of shipping.
For instance, the work The Full Extent, contains a form that is at the full linear capacity of what the interior void can accommodate. The work is a reflection upon my own personal experience of using a shipping container to move between countries and at the question of whether I employed its use to its fullest advantage and whether its contents were all that I required in making the transition.
Yesterday, I officially enrolled into the Australian National University to pursue a PhD in Sculpture (http://www.creativearts.anu.edu.au/). This will be a three year adventure to develop my current focus. I am excited about this opportunity, but also hesitant since it has been several years since I have been to school.
I have just recently finished my residency at the Australian National University's glass department. The students there were accommodating and fun to be around. I used the time to get my bearings on making here in Australia and to create a couple experimental ideas. In the end, I focused on creating two versions of a single piece. These pieces are now being shown at the Canberra Glassworks gallery in an exhibit entitled "Drawn Across".
Although all of my work has an autobiographical component, I decided to create my first direct self portrait. I thought I could use the format of my Slider Series to best depict the emotional environment that I find myself currently in. With this self portrait, I could portray the recent transition of my life from Portland to Canberra and explore the lateral similarities. As well, I would illustrate these points to create a second piece that would be a collection of destinations along the way.
The Slider(titled "Drawn Across") shows an imagined geographical path between a water tank in Australia and the Old Town water tower in Portland. As the viewer slides the image of me across the path, the sketch I am creating/holding matches up with points along the background. It is the points where the scene and the sketch match up that have been recreated to make the second piece in the show ("25 Sketches"). To go further, the total retail cost for all the "25 Sketches" is equal to that of "Drawn Across". Also, if you were to weigh all of the sketches, they would equal the weight of the slider. Below are some process shots of the work and some images of the show.
Mel and I have landed in Australia.
I have been at the Australian National University doing an artist residency and we are trying to get ourselves settled. It is all been a bit overwhelming.
I am working on some unfinished things for a show at the Canberra Glassworks. For now, here are some shots of some cockatoos and Nadege Desgenetez doing a rollup for me at the school:
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