Recently at Real Art Ways I was assigned to help a visiting artist install a sculpture for a exhibition. It was a lot of fun! The artist is Kylie Ford, a West Virginia based artist and professor, and it was loads of fun talking with her about her practice. The exhibit was centered around the intersection and forced combination of the accidents of Real Art Ways historic reclaimed Hartford warehouse space, and those of present day West Virginia. The show explored the way both areas, though very different, experience similar economic trends, which creates similar trends in the architecture. I learned a lot, and definitely did not hurt myself 😉
See below; Kylie and her fantastic installation, and us installing it!
“The Runner Album” is the debut studio album by Magical Mysterious Dream Machine. It is 665 tracks long, a total of 45 minutes of listening. It was also my assignment for my 3D final. We had to make a sculpture and photograph it for an album cover. This assignment made it kinda hard for me to think of an idea, because since the work would be photographed, there were a lot of different restrictions and benefits versus seeing a piece 360 degrees. I needed an idea that really did took advantage of my advantages. I decided to create this cover because I wanted to do a forced perspective shot with see through elements, that appeared to contain stuff when in reality that stuff was just behind it. The TVs was perfect. The televisions themselves are made of foam, then sanded and painted. The milk carton is paper drawn on with markers, the remote and lil guy are ceramics painted with acrylic. The backdrop is painted and then I had a friend pose for me. The hand is my own. It was so difficult to get this perfectly aligned shot, but nonetheless my idea was finally brought to fruition. Magical Mysterious Dream Machine also plays baby showers and bat mitzvahs.
I made a T-Rex shaped messenger bag this week because I woke up in a cold sweat wishing I had one. It was the witching hour, so I knew it was a premonition. I made it out of carved foam, then covered it in duck tape and pleather. The strap is an old chain I found. The slot fits two thicc books or six rainbow magic friendship fairy volumes.
This is my lookbook for either the Ghost of Christmas Past, or just a normal festive stylish ghost. He fun to make. I made a really simple red slip and painted the face on (I cannot see inside). The jacket came to be when I found the fabric. It put down roots in my brain and coerced me to buy two yards. It was was much harder to work with than the red ghost sheet. I pretty much made the pattern as I went along, then added the ribbon harness to tighten and loosen the coat. The ribbons weren’t all on correctly in these photos, because I couldn’t see when I put it on. Nevertheless, I love how it turned out. I hope to one day look like this when I am a ghost.
This is my first neon sign! It was damn hard to make. My class really wanted to attach a political message to it, which is their right as observers of art. However, let the record show I owe Texas no ill will.
My train of thought follows thusly: I wanted to create a state outline because I think they’re graphic and patriotic, I landed on Texas for its clout and visual interest. I wanted to flip it backwards to mimic the shape of Australia, so I wrote Au: as an abbreviation in the middle. Why not just make the outline of Australia? As if anyone really knows the shape of Australia off hand. Besides, nothing in art is that straightforward. I chose red neon gas because its the brightest. It looks great in my room and I’m replacing all my lightbulbs with red ones.
And yes there’s a Lime Wire pokin out, he’s my friend 🙂
This sculpture is foam, felt, wood and wire. I love the style of it, because it’s simple to make and has such a graphic effect. The gif I made to show it online almost makes it look like a cartoon animation, which is perfect. There really is a harmonica in there 😉