Over the last little while I have made two kilnformed glass pieces. Each of these works are outside of any standard series of work and are stand alone ideas and concepts.
The first work is made to look like an old tradesman's toolbox and is called "Implement". I feel that these types of toolboxes are iconic forms that relay an individual’s ability to improve or repair the function and form of their environment. The central panel of this toolbox holds an imagined image of a common city corner store. Across the base of the box are several silhouetted images of basic elements that are needed and utilized to maintain, deliver and secure the daily activity and agency of a corner store. These shapes have been arranged to mimic the way tools would be displayed on a shadow board in a tool shed.
The combination of the toolbox form with its integrated imagery aims to activate the work's title (and meaning) as a construct that is both a verb and a noun as well as address the relationship of the separate components to bring this area of the built environment into form and function.
The second work is called "The Bend" partially because it was bent to mimic the shape of a tunnel and to address the idea of what lays just beyond the curve in any metaphoric path. This work also holds together and apart two halves of a horizon. One side of the horizon being an action and the other being either the objective or simply perhaps just an obstacle for the action to bypass.
Here are some images of these two works completed and in construction:
Aside from these finished works, I have a couple other works now showing in a couple of great and distant places. One is my entry for the Tom Malone Prize 2016 at The Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth (WA, Australia). They have now posted a digital online catalog of the show. You can find it here. The other work on display is an older work from my Watertower Series . It will be on display at the Toledo Museum of Art (OH, USA) starting this month. You can see more about the exhibition here and read about it here.
It has been a hectic month of preparation for my upcoming trip to the States.
At the end of this month I will depart for Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Toledo, Carbondale, and finally St. Louis before returning to the lucky country. I will see friends and family, do some work and eat several tacos. I have also shipped over some work to SOFA Chicago. If you are in the tri-state area, come by and check out the show. Below are a couple shots of some work now in transit to Chicago...
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