—KLRU’s Arts in Context— explores the making of Generous Art, an online gallery dedicated to raising money for nonprofits and artists, while going behind-the-scenes with the group’s founder and some of the showcased artists. Founded in 2011, Generous Art envisions art purchases as community-oriented transactions — rejecting the idea that art collection is a selfish endeavor or an isolated event. Generous Art replaces time consuming auction fundraisers with a purchase process that simultaneously funds the artist, a nonprofit and the mission of Generous Art. —www.generousart.org—
Oil and charcoal on plasma-cut aluminum, 30″ x 60″ x 60″ each
Looking at process and totality, these two domes consider the concept of opposites as two parts of a whole. The shapes originated from one 4″x4″ calligraphic ink drawing that was made into a repeating hexagon. The shapes were cut from aluminum, and the positive shapes make “Heaven” and the negative shapes make “Hell”. Heaven is axial symmetry. Hell is non-axial symmetry. The artworks go together as a set.
The People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall selected Heaven and Hell to hang in the atrium for 2012. Come see it at the show opening Friday February 24 from 6-9pm. Free and open to the public.
Now to get the pieces back to Austin in time for E.A.S.T.! Hope that’s less of an adventure than getting them to Santa Fe.
Next I started cutting out the shapes with a plasma cutter from the curved sheet steel. It went a lot faster than sheet steel, so I got it all cut out in about 8 hours, which was good, because its 103* here in Austin.
I tried out arches, octagons, hexagons, pentagons and quads, finally settling on a finalist that I nicknamed “genie” as a hexagon positive for heaven. I liked its line quality and its dynamic shape as a single, a double, and a hexagon. And I liked the negative shapes it left on its remaining sheet. I tried several different arrangements of the drops to make a hexagon negative for hell. I think I found one I’m interested in, and imagine it will change a bit once its made to scale. Part of the process is planning the best I can, and being open to change and improvements.
My fabulous helper Andrea Grimm helped by projecting and cutting out the stencil, and spray painting the stencil onto the sheet of aluminum full size. We made a few adjustments as she worked. It was really cool to get to explain my process to her and let her go at it. She’s smart. She also helped with the math: I’m good at geometry, she’s good at algebra. She left me this lovely simple note: C=16, D=C/pi, C/pi=piD/pi D=5.093, R=2.55, sweet!
In the bottom photo, the shape on the left is the “heaven” piece, and the shape on the bottom right is the start of the “hell” piece. The dome is a finished piece of art called “Moon” that is a 5″ hemisphere that I used as a scale model of a 5′ dome.
Tomorrow I’ll post a picture of the stenciled, flat sheet metal, ready for bending into a half circle.
Andiamo: This body of work reengages my research of Roman architecture. I study mathematical proportion, path, axis, and patterns in plans and elevations of buildings. I am interested in how these spherical clusters relate to human scale, as diagrammed by Vitruvius. I want to understand how a sacred spaces are created architecturally and sculpturally.
These artworks are abstractions of real architectural buildings from the Roman Empire. They are models for large-scale sculpture. I am interested in the paint and texture as a response to traditional surface decoration of domes in architecture. By constructing these shaped surfaces, I am creating sacred space for my own painting and drawing practice.
Be part of Fisterra’s community. Find a sign and locate it on a map as part of a scavenger hunt at –Art Outside–. Buy a sign and hang it where you live, then go online to add it to the “Art Lives Here” google map.
Here are instructions for adding your signpost to the –ART LIVES HERE MAP–:
- You must have a Google account to add your placemark to the map, but you can see the map without one.
- Go to the link and sign in to Google if you are not already signed in. Navigate on the map to the place where you want to add your marker. Zoom in or out if that helps.
- Click the “Edit” button in the left panel Put your mouse cursor over the exact location you want to put the placemark.
- Click the RIGHT mouse button and select “Add a placemark” In the pop-up window that appears, enter a Title and Description and click OK.
- Click the Save button. You’re done.
Tips for the Advanced User:
To use a photo with your placemark, click “Rich text” and then click the picture icon. You cannot upload a photo, but if you have one somewhere with its own Web address (URL), you can point to it.
To change the look or your placemark, click on the picture of the marker, then pick a marker. If you are really advanced you can use a marker of your own creation.