These monolithic cast iron screens are my cross sections of a film that seperates the present life from the after. They are the Egyptian "Doors of Eternity." They are the capilaries in our lungs. They are the runes. They are the tributaries that pass from this plane to the next. They are a vessel, they are a window, and they are a shadow that echos our existence.
cast iron, 24"x72"x2", 2016
Detail of Sky Basket.
These are my newest interpretations of Dyson Spheres, which I lightly defined in the aforementioned page with the singular title. Pictured are aluminum, bronze, and iron spheres all cast in 2015-2016. All the pieces range in size, weight, and glow...
During the creation of these woven spheres of bronze and iron I was grappling with the reason to be an object maker.
I had reached a point where my 3,000sq. ft. studio was hardly navigable. It appeared to me laden-down and stagnant. It was so thick with physical expression. I had reached some indefinable impasse.
So in a feverish moment of catharsis, as a response to that feeling, I made my own hollow Gordian Knots into which I wove my doubious nature as a creator. And I kept making...
This 24" diameter hollow aluminum sculpture is my interpretation of a Dyson Sphere. "A hypothetical megastructure that completely encompasses a star and captures most or all of its power output."
These works are my most recent. I am pushing and sculpting the void, their absence.
I've always been struck by the power, movement, and simplicity of many Nordic wood carvings. Particularly those interpreting serpents, dragons, and snakes. The way they are carved writhing into one another was certainly one source of inspiration to me at the start of this series.
When the time came to carve these sand molds I separated myself from my inspirations and let the tool draw for me.
When I sculpt I believe that some things need to be left up to chance. There needs to be some freedom and abstract approach in making otherwise sculpture becomes infinitly boring.
These sculpture were made by blind drilling into billets of resin bonded sand. I then reconfigured the shapes and injected them with molten iron. The true joy in creating these pieces is absolute uncertainty of the aesthetic weight they will hold. Will they look 'right'? Well who is to say. I enjoy this new direction of mine deeply.