I collected walnuts from the walnut tree here at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, boiled them down in water and added salt as a preservative. It makes a beautifully rich sepia ink, the same used by Rembrandt three hundred years ago.
Andrea Jablonski curated me into the Elastic show at MDW fair in Chicago, alongside the work of John Herndon and Ken Ellis. They thought of the idea “Kissing Booth”, which I like. The sculpture points towards the North Star. I like the idea of aligning a quick visceral moment (a kiss in a shed) with the stars. Maybe it should be called “Kissing Shed”?
Ganzfeld won an honorable mention! All the work along the Mississippi was great, so that is very flattering. you can see the finished thing on the City’s webpage: http://www.cityofdubuque.org/index.aspx?nid=1657
Dubuque is awesome. Reminds me of Omaha. Great support for artists. A lot of energy and excitement around the arts. Can’t wait to go back. Here is a time-lapse of the project shot by the local news(below)
Here it is installed along the path along the Tree Adventure. I like the way it collects light out there and glows in the shadow of the tree. (Thanks Andres for the pics). Can’t wait till I can go back and see it myself.
We were afraid it wasn’t going to fit through the door of the shed. I expected the door end to go under the tree. I will have to go see for myself why they chose the opposite.
My idea was that you’d enter through the door in the dark shadow of the tree and the points opposite you would double the open space of the field. What is the experience this way? Discovering and entering the door on the sunny side: open space behind you and a simulated open space, the points, pointing back the way you came… Does it rob the tree of its quiet space?
The irony is in the object. The wide face (the side with the door in it) represents (is?) the back of our heads, the thing we don’t see. That should be near the tree, as to not disturb from the already quiet area along the path. The radiating points should aim at the vista (while blocking it). I will have to go visit to see how it feels.
Wow, that took longer than expected. Kimmel Harding Artist Center let me stay a full week longer in their apartment. Arbor Day Farm is an amazing place. I can’t wait to go back and just hang out. The staff there was so accomodating and supportive as I puzzled this thing together. I totally took over the garage for the tractors. Also poet Sarah Mason and artist Andres Laracuente helped with getting it on its feet in the final push.
There are so many stories to tell from this trip, but it was also one of those experiences where there is so much to do, there is no time to be rhetorical. My arms are still recovering from all the overhead clamping/lifting etc. I’m glad the sculpture can speak for itself. It is sturdy. Small children can climb on it. Adults can sit on it. I can’t wait to see it under the tree along the path at the farm. The Farm is enormous and has a staff of six or so people taking care of the grounds. My sculpture will be really well cared for. It is nice to feel that it will probably be around long after I am gone.
Beginning on the work for the City of Dubuque today. I’ve learned that this one will have to be a little different to stay within my budget. It will also be cool to try a little different design.
2 weeks from now: first stop, Arbor Day Farm.