Friday, April 29, 2011

Props from around the globe for the Brooks Pure project...

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Featuring a piece on the recent project I collaborated on for Brooks Pure Project...
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Yaki Take Bokkusu (2010)

Completed a design/build project in 2010 for a client in Portland, OR who lives in a loft space and needed some more storage. I designed and built both built-ins from carmelized FSC certified bamboo panels. Taking a "figurative' cue from the burnt finishes (see shou-sugi-ban link) found on many traditional Japanese teahouses, I used sumi ink to rub into the pores of the bamboo (for the carcase) to simulate the charred appearance. There is a unique chatoyancy that occurs as a result of this finishing method. For a more modern twist, the bamboo doors and drawers received modified gray scale tones, which helped to integrate the built-ins with the existing furnishings. Each cabinet has a tall, skinny, wardrobe for off season apparel, and I incised 'pin-stripes with resin that was tinted slightly darker than the door color.

Spanning between the two built in cabinets is a 90" long sheet of hot rolled steel with holes punched out for cables.

SLC Winter Olympics 2002

I was commissioned to sculpt giant T-Rex heads, a large Moose head and a large Bison head for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City, Utah back in 2001/2002. The T-Rex was sculpted from giant blocks of EPS (styrene) foam and then cast in carbon fiber, as the finished products had to be extremely lightweight to be operable on the giant bom lifts that 'puppeteered' them. The finished products weighed under 20 lbs even though the were 21 feet long and almost 11 feet tall! The Mosse and Bison heads were made of hand bent and welded steel rod with a semi-translucent stretch fabric pulled over them. The work came through Michael Curry Design, in Scappoose, Oregon, where I worked for many years

Grendel (2006)

Had the pleasure of working with Julie Taymor back in 2006 on some pieces for her production of, Grendel (listen here to an episode of NPR all things considered), "An Operatic Moster's Tale"...Beowulf, from the 'big, bad, monster's point of view. Taymor teamed up, once again, with Michael Curry to design some fantastic masks, puppets and kinetic sculptures. A few of them I had the privilege of sculpting (models and full size) the big on-stage dragon...whose mouth opened and closed. The first image is of a smaller sculpture that became part of a very stylized large harp that was "played" during performance.

More from 2010...

Quintana Gallery door. Old growth reclaimed Doug fir timbers that were extracted from the Lawrence gallery (adjacent to Quintana) during their remodel/conversion was cut down and used to fashion this tall narrow door. The recessed niche enables the door to swing open into the annexed space next to Quintana and not interfere with the wonderful indigenous art on display in the main gallery. Custom metal door handles/catches with hand rubbed patina round out the design.