Tuesday, January 29, 2008

thoughts on destruction

two of my sculptures imply a notion of creating new sculptures by destroying the original materials. a rusty 35 inch disk is ground down to metallic dust over the exhibition with a metal grinder. The other uses the currency coming from an electrical outlet sending it through a tesla coil to create warmth and light for plant life. both display an aggressive intensity about the materials. I take a crusty piece of steel and try to polish it to a mirror shine. To me this is talking about the process, the timespan the vitally essential weardown and natural breaking down of materials of thoughts of muscles to create strength, its reflective of many processes in life. rocks being broken down to sand, mixing with other types of rocks to make igneous rock. mixing with magma. taking carbon and combining it with other elements to make any kind of color hue, steels and metals are a simple recipe consisting of carbon and charcoal and iron. alloys of life are the same way. we digest food breaking it down to shit and make the earth more fertile that is then piped to factories broken down purified. Muscles have to be ripped apart which in turn heals and because the repair is thicker stronger muscles are made.
back to what specifically my work entails. The tesla coil plugs in something that is pure electricity and creates something out of control, lethal, harmful as lightning. theatrically this is very important that the coil takes 110volts and creates a chain reaction multiplying the charge through the winds of a coil and it bursts out through the toroid. thats the domed metal part on the top of the tesla coil. all that raw energy. something that is so hard to describe. but i feel that energy flowing through my body that vibrancy the manic discharge. it surrounds the earth and can be felt in many processes. Jamie was right that art is trying to reveal the secrets of the universe and contain them, manipulating them into different materials. I dont think its because I am on some power hungery strife. I really feel I have to communicate these processes because of their awe and sheer spectacle.
yeah Im out

metal grinder wheel

here is a new project that is in the making.

here is the preliminary sketch

Tuberculosis hospital

I recently recieced the developed footage which I took early in october. Its super 8 film shot in an abandoned tuberculosis hospital. I think super 8 lends itself to a textural gritty quality. a viewer can feel the filth of the decaying building. the film starts out in a brick room fadeing into focus of electrical conduit weeds are growing from the floor its on the second floor. Windows have all been shattered out except for one still encrusted burned window. there are sections that are poorly metered which I will probably edit out. I want the viewer to feel what it was like to visit this building. its kinda creepy unsettling and bizarre. I shot brick density one section I shot frame by frame sort of stop motion moving more quickly than 15 frames per second on the motion. so the viewer feels a rush of mortared brick. The quality of a Stan Brakhage film where rhythm is a big part of the texture of the film. I hope to shoot some more film only this time I will plan out and select better days. I think it will be a bat man Ill flap my constructed wings. I could use the telephone booth for the transformation.
The other Idea is to have time lapses of city dwellings with a person moving at normal speed while everything else is fast paced. If any of you would like to be involved or might have some feedback let me in on it. or else why the hell am I writing this.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Tesla coil

In a bit more than a week I will have this solid state tesla coil, for those of you that dont know what that looks like here is a video hopefully it will work.
here is a picture first though

I am taking this hanging flurescent tubes from the ceiling with fishing line so that it will be transparent. The coil will strike the tubes creating sparks of lightning. Underneath this network of tubes will be plants that are growing hydroponically. The light will allow the plants to grow off of free energy. energy that is shooting across the sky at all times. I want to relate this to the community of ideas how ideas interact shoot off eachother coexist. people in a group collaborate with a sort of telepathic collective conciousness. or visual memory.

new additions

All the successful artists today, know how to instruct a team of individuals with diverse specialized skills. Work is a mixture of all the ideas sparking from a group. In any business, an individual must depend on friends and colleagues in order to accomplish massive projects. My work studies that communal interaction of ideas relating to the metaphor of electricity. It seems very clear that the impulse sent by your brain transmits through images and language received almost telepathically to the collective team. Light bulbs and neon signs are a succinct way to communicate that electric communication. Interaction makes ideas real, living. The more people unified by a single idea assures tangibility and timelessness.
Time has been an important muse since the cubists, Duchamp. Over the years Jean Tinguely, Survival Research labs, Tim Hawkins, and Gregory Barsamian have perfected the specific exemplar of physical and mechanical representation of elapsed time. Time exists physically occurring through real kinetic motion equally as the accumulation of time, the temporal ephemeral deterioration of materials. Rust, luster of polished newness, or the elemental composition of the material represents time. Time exhibits energy through the rhythmic intervals of frequency.
Energy is connected to both sonic vibrations and the visible spectrum. Each hue has a corresponding sound audible in a certain wavelength equivalent in voltage of energy. Art is effective when it surrounds the viewer with this trifecta of sensory interpretations. A viewer can engage the piece from multilayered synchronicity. If life mimics art then the … finish the sentence.

Explain why exactly I am using tesla coil, metal grinder. What does free energy have to do with the ecosystem. How can the investigation of energy/sonic/spectrum compare to everything else. Make it fit. I could talk about the metallurgy of carbon, copper, minerals elements to make color which is reflective of the amount of electrons being transferred and something about sound. There is a distinct pitch that elements make once processed into a sheet.

To the general public art is an exclusive entity. Outsiders might not engage “high art” to the fullest extent, however certain variables give artsists a universally understood reputation. Relevant to exclusivity is the spreading of rumor. Rumor implies that one group is excluded from the informed, knowledgeable. To me the wilder the rumor the more recongnized a reputation will be. Sort of like the saying “ all press is good publicity” meaning that negative criticism is just as likely to adhere to the mind as positive. A rumor is just like art. A person reveals an article with a trusted group, exclusive peers. Judging on the quality or effective communication of the article this trusted group gives positive or negative publicity to the person. As a result a reputation is received therefore ingraining the article into the brains of masses.

Need to talk about pattens somewhere. This could lead to the absence of true originality only the appropriation of the elements of inspiration. Learn more jon.

I agree with amy that the future of artworks will be coglomerations of artists working together. We have been interacting through the net, these blogs are probably the same sort of connection. I think it actually needs more connection. I have traveled to other colleges including Louisville, OSU at the glass department and some of UCs campus but I think we need more interaction a co-op between colleges to have free source to any material. participate in any of their critiques. If we could unify this much it would be like building our future. or we would have mini communities of artists. I think the internet does this to some extent but its not the same as being there and actual collaboration. I am at a school that does not offer a lot of extra classes. I need to learn my own electronics. I wish we had some neon. a bussiness sort of marketability skills with persuasive speech building lecturing.
what is our generation, our time going to be known for? I can think of one thing that everyone in my age group does regularly. I think of internet buying, internet dating and really a loss of reality. For example it seems that simulated or virtual reality holds more currency than does physically experiencing and doing something. I could be talking to someone right now but instead it might reach more people through this blogging shit. People buy property that doesnt exist. there are all these facebooks myspace and who knows what that set out trying to be web interaction or linking the contact awwh whats that called oh networking but really it turns out to be something that further separates us due to being fake conversations. the internet is the new tv. there are people with jobs that work in a computer cubicles and then go home and sit at their computer. to be plugged into society you have to spend atleast 3 hours everyday sorting mail blogging posting video responses at you tube. There are times where I am in conversations and I am completely lost in their lingo and references to things I will never find on the internet. What like whats two girls and a cop. or that guy spreading his anus. I went to a tuberculosis hospital last year and there was even grafitti referencing sayings from the internet. its pretty wild to see that. Ill look back at the pictures and post them latter. okay just give me some time to set this up I know you are all dying to read and see what i put out especially the first day.

Senior seminar gossip

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