Sunday, January 16, 2011

pellucid 2: mannequin

Hola, amigos. I know it's been a long time since I rapped at ya...

A lot of stuff has been going on, but for one reason or another, none of it made it on to this blog. In a couple days I'll do a longer post with personal news, completed projects, and what have you, but today I'm just going to post my most recent pellucid.

I actually finished the carving last May, if you can believe that, but finished the surfacing in the fall and finally shot some video in December.

My goal for last year was to make more of these than I did, but my other goal was to start showing them somewhere, and I did start doing that, with showings at a couple of events, so that's good.

The original image I started with for this one was from a mannequin. The other pieces I've done so far were portraiture, and this is just a slight veer away from that. I think this intermediate step was informative about a couple of things regarding both subject matter, orientation, and topographical presentation. I've got a few more pieces in the pipeline right now (2 of which are still straight portraiture, the 3rd being semi-portraiture), but what comes after that will be different. I've got some more conceptual pieces in mind, which all have to do with the way we interpret shape from shadow.

Another thing that has become clear is that I still want to work on material refinement somewhat, both in making my own foam, doing mold-making, and also I'd like to try fiberglassing again. If anybody out there has done any work with chopper-sprayer tools (commonly used for making boat hulls), or you know somebody who has, I'd like to talk to you!

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