Thursday, September 30, 2010
Friday, March 6, 2009
A note on titles: I generally do not title my work. One quality I strive for is a kind of phenomenological dead-pan which I find titles tend to undermine (a title implies a wider context within which the work is explicable). For the purposes of the following image index, however, I may refer to a work by the thematic grouping in which it can be located (i.e. “Cast Rubber” #8). This should, however, not be understood as the piece’s title.
Images 1-4 show some freestanding works using cast acrylic paint in the above way. The remaining images show later wall works that forgo the stitching used to assemble the earlier pieces. Instead, these pieces are seamless: each color is a layer present throughout the piece, only surfacing and becoming visible at certain points (this is most apparent in the detail image “Cast Paint 6”). Also, in these wall pieces the color reflected onto the wall plays an integral role in the overall “image”.
In the following two pieces, the plaster structure was cast in holes dug in the ground (accounting for their color and texture). While the plaster was setting, I added the wooden “legs”. The cover is a sewn envelope made of vinyl, reinfored with wire, and held up by a dowel mast.
5) Vinyl, plaster, wood, wire, thread.
The following piece was made during the same summer as the above two pieces and is both an anomaly as well as a transition to the later work below. It’s become an iconic work for me and informs (and haunts) much of the work that’s come after it.
7) Vinyl, hydrocal, wood, thread.
Furthering the “slipcover” idea of the previous three pieces, the following five images show work made while in residence at the Sharpe Foundation during 1996-97.
8) Vinyl, hydrocal, thread.
Evolving out of the above works and moving back onto the wall, the remaining pieces each share the same basic features: A “support” made of horizontally joined sheets of foam insulation, which may or may not then be painted (it is either pink or blue when unpainted); a poured hydrocal form set into the foam surface; a sewn vinyl cover, held away from the surface of the foam by the hydrocal relief, onto which paint may then be variously applied (more thickly in images 13 and 14; more lightly with an air-brush in the others); a hanging system which allows the works to “hover” approximately 2” from the wall. The last piece, made for a show at the Worcester Art Museum, is the largest (almost 9’x17’) and has no painting on the surface of the foam (and just a haze of air-brushed paint on the surface of the vinyl).
13) Foam insulation, hydrocal, vinyl, acrylic paint, thread.
1) Cast rubber, pigment.
The first seven images all involve variations on the same process: First, I cut channels in the surface of the foam with a router; I then pour plaster into these channels and allow it to set. The piece is then flipped over and the process is repeated on the other side(s). When all sides are done, areas of foam may be cut away to further reveal the plaster structure. In images 1, 4 and 5, the foam has been left unpainted. In images 2,3,6 and 7 the foam was painted before being cut into. In images 6 and 7 two separate sections have been slotted together.
1) Foam insulation, hydrostone.
8) Foam insulation, hydrocal, acrylic paint.
1) Frosted Mylar, surveying tape, thread.
Developing out of the earlier cast paint pieces, these paintings on clear vinyl were another attempt to allow marks expressed frontally to interact with their shadows and colored reflections, making a painting that’s part concrete and part ephemeral.
5) Acrylic paint on vinyl.
6) Acrylic paint on vinyl.
22”x19”. 1997 (detail)
The remainder of these images show works made by pouring pigmented silicone onto first one side and then the other of sheets of translucent mylar. Starting with image 13, the rubber starts taking on a more structural role as the pieces no longer hang from the mylar but from the lobes of silicone that extend beyond the mylar’s edge. Image 13 shows the only piece to use more than one layer of mylar.
9) Silicone rubber, mylar, pigment.