Four Gates Model Writings

Four Gates, In Process

Measurement for Four Gates, North Gate at 96
Measurement for Four Gates, North Gate at 96″ diameter, CAD drawing by Dharmesh Patel

 

Four Gates plan view with brackets
Four Gates plan view with brackets

My inspiration for the sculpture Four Gates is from Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale.

There is a short chapter at the end of the first third of the book, page 219, titled Four Gates. Here is an excerpt from the chapter:

“To enter a city intact it is necessary to pass through one of the new gates. They are far more difficult to find than their solid predecessors, for they are tests, mechanisms, devices, and implementations of justice. There once was a map, now long gone, one of the ancient charts upon which colorful animals sleep or rage. Those who saw it said that in its illuminations were figures and symbols of the gates. The east gate was that of acceptance of responsibility, the south gate that of the desire to explore, the west gate that of devotion to beauty, and the north gate that of selfless love. ”

I am combining my thoughts about Vitruvius’ man extended to the diameter of his reach, one diameter my size, or 78″, one 84″, one 90″ and one 96″. So I have imagined a sculpture for four people to interact with and create a gateway into a space of connection.

Four Gates Model
Scale model of Four Gates in the shop

Here are a few more working drawings and photographs.

Four Gates Rings
The big rings in my yard
From the perspective of looking at the South Gate, which is 78
From the perspective of looking at the South Gate, which is 78″ diameter
Calendar Drips painting detail, East Austin Studio Tour 2010 Shows

Umlauf Sculpture Garden Party Featured Artist 2013

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Thursday April 25 @ 6:30-9:30pm @ The Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Join Event Chair Jordan Jeffus, Co-Chair Emily Pratte, Honorary Chairs Burke & Tricia Edwards, and Featured Artist Jennifer Chenoweth for our 15th Annual Garden Party fundraiser set for Thursday, April 25th, 2013, from 6:30-9:30pm.

Fine Food & Wine

More than twenty of Austin’s best restaurants serve delectable samplings of their cuisine, paired with complementing wines generously selected by Twin Liquors.

Read more about the Umlauf Garden Party fundraiser HERE.

See pictures from the show here.

 

 

2011-2012 Catalog

Abacus

Performative drawing piece, 72″h x 110″w x 20″l, ink on adding machine paper on steel armature, 2012

Thinking about ink drawings as an artistic practice and a way of marking time, Abacus was a performative art piece created for The Brightest Party Ever for Leadership Austin at the Long Center, and then showed at Austin City Hall. Using adding machine paper and a steel armature to create a counting machine, individual ink drawings were created along the length of the paper, adding together the shapes and the time. Long strips of drawings were given to viewers as a memento of time spent and created.Abacus, view 1 Abacus, view 4 Abacus, view 4

Abacus, view 2

 

 

 

Revive and Reach Writings

Second Chances

Revive and Reach

Not too often do we get second chances. If we’re really lucky or someone loves us, we might get more than one second chance. I am really excited that the Heaven and Hell pieces just sold to the Houston  Hobby Airport’s public art collection. They’re not hung yet, but I will excitedly send out an announcement when they are.

I don’t often set out to make the same thing twice. That’s why I can’t bake, because I just don’t like following recipes.

However, I had a contract with the City of Austin to hang “Heaven and Hell” in The People’s Gallery show through January of 2013. Fortunately, they allowed me to replace the two pieces that sold with two similar pieces for the duration of the year. So I just made and installed two new pieces. It was a second chance to go through a similar process and make different choices. On the first go-around, I plasma-cut the shapes and ground the edges after bending the sheet aluminum. This time, I had the shapes water-jet cut and then bent. “Revive” reads  more to me as a flower and I find the overlapping sections in the center to be really rich. I’m excited about the color palette of these. “Reach” is made from the negative drops of “Revive”, as crown or band shape at the equator of the space of my reach. “Revive” is the dome above my reach.   “Reach” has far less material than “Hell,” “Heaven,” or “Revive”, but it takes up more visual mass, which surprised me.

You can see a few more details of the “Revive” piece here.

 

 

Line Quality 2011-2012 Catalog

Line Quality

Oil, charcoal and graphite on plasma cut steel, set of 4, 62″x8″x8″ each

Four steel cylinders with surface drawings using a plasma cutter, pencil and brush, stand at human height, requiring the entirety of the body to move along the pipe, as if dancing. The pipes themselves are the 3-dimensional steel canvas for the surface drawing in pencil, chalk and oil glazes.

On the KLRU Video about Generous Art, you can watch me work on these pieces.

 

calligraphy two 2011-2012 Catalog

Calligraphy One and Two

Calligraphy Two, oil and charcoal on plasma cut steel, 59″ x 19″ x 2″ each

Pushing the boundary between painting and sculpture, this one part of a two-part piece evolves gestural mark-making into steel sculptural form. The durable, outdoor material of the form is contrasted by the more fragile, subtle surface of the piece, detailed with oil, chalk and ink.

Calligraphy One
Calligraphy One

Paired with Calligraphy One:

Calligraphy one and two
Installed in collector’s home