15 May 2018

studies



Structures drawn with lead pencil on paper (top) and nylon thread 'webbed'  (below) - positive and negative.

30 April 2018

Sculptural aspects of language

Two texts from Between the Lines that depict language and writing as something that is tangible, akin to a sculptural process:

On writing, by Max Frisch, (one of my favourite writers) describes vividly that the substance of a text lies between the words and lines. "[...] language is like a chisel, which pares away all that is not a mystery, and everything said implies a taking away." The art is to come as close as possible to the surface of this mystery, to reveal it without scratching its surface, a surface that has no substance "[...] it exists only in the mind and not in Nature, where there is also no dividing line between mountain and sky."
From: Sketchbook 1946 - 1949

Thoughts on words, by Naoki Higashida, compares spoken language to a blue sea in which you can swim, dive and resurface.
From: Fall down 7 times get up 8, a young man's voice from the silence of autism

24 March 2018

"...it's kind of like being there"

I like the quietness of her work:

'Vija Celmins is an acclaimed Latvian-American artist whose work is famous for its astonishing patience. She can take a year or more to make a woodcut that portrays in minute detail the surface of the sea. A postcard of her work now sits above my desk, a reminder of the power of slow thinking.' 
From: The New York Review of Books Disarming the Weapons of Mass Distraction by Madeleine Bunting



Vija Celmins:
“I have been painting this image for maybe three years, on and off. So, you know, tedious for some, for me it's kind of like being there. [...]
I've always liked the scientific image because it is sort of anonymous. [...]
I still really like a lot of solitude - it's impossible to do anything without it. [...]”

18 January 2018

'Abbrechen'

The art of throwing sand - while simultaneously pressing the shutter button.
This happened while clearing up Aufbrechen.



Taking down temporary work is part of the process, so to speak. I remember it was fun.

Rediscovered while sifting and sorting images & documentation.

3 December 2017

Blue Moon

More photos of Blue Moon: The photogram of a sphere, cyanotyped into a body of silk threads that are attached to and sewn into two acrylic glasses.





Capturing the luminosity within such a sculpture is just one of those things. The camera 'perceives' an image that looks quite different to what my eyes see - as if it had its own mind how to 'translate' luminosity, shades and depth into 2-D.

So, using just November's natural light filtering through the studio window, Blue Moon became the object to familiarize myself with the manual settings of our camera and thus improve my 'translation' skills.

22 November 2017

New blog:

a growing archive of texts; texts that accompany me and I keep returning to, lines that make me muse and think.

4 November 2017

Globe's sister



A dream come true: Globe's sister so to speak - but while the former has been screen-printed, Blue Moon is cyanotyped: white silk-threads have been dyed with a photosensitive solution and exposed to sunlight. In other words - the sphere has been 'blue-printed' into a body of white silk-threads that are sewn to two acrylic glasses.
Depending on lighting the blue varies from royal blue to a dark cyan.
Thus, this was - and is - a photo challenge too.



Details


silk-thread, acrylic glass, weights (sash window)
33cm x 33cm x 82cm (109cm including weights)
Read more about the process here.
see also Themes / Process (May- September 2017)

30 September 2017

Blueprint

After a lengthy exposure period - it turned autumn and sun light is receding... this threaded silk piece has been processed as any cyanotype / photo / photogram:

stop(bath) - rinse and dry

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PS: this was four years ago - a layered version.

22 September 2017


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image source

“An artist is not special. An artist is an ordinary person who can take ordinary things and make them special.”
Ruth Asawa

19 August 2017

process

another three-d negative: a black rubber ball embedded into white silk threads. My hands and body slowly but surely learning how to move, twist and pull, tie and sew a single thread of silk (in)to two opposing acrylic glasses; until eventually… my fingers become fluent.

About 10'000knots and 4km of silk thread later, ready to be 'blue printed', so that what is light becomes dark and what is dark becomes light.

find more images here

20 July 2017

Globe

In my studio, a while ago. Loom and screen-print table teamed up and harnessed like horse and cart. It could be an installation… It was the printing of Globe.

10 June 2017

it works!

White silk-threads - cyanotyped. Dyed and processed as a whole body. It works. This is a study - to find out just this. - Nice to watch how over time the blue becomes more and more saturated.
The white shape is spheric - but slightly distorted and asymmetric, on purpose.



12cm x 12cm x 44cm
silk threads (cyanotyped) / PET / bicycle tube / steel

By the way, find more about the process in previous two posts.