Metal casting for Father of all Monsters

How we create centrifugal metal cast pieces. Figure 1 in wax, then result in bronze. Lost wax method. The heads are part of a book art project referring to Typhon in Greek Mythology

Lost-wax casting (also called “investment casting“, “precision casting”, or cire perdue in French) is the process by which a duplicate metal sculpture (often silver, gold, brass or bronze) is cast from an original sculpture. Dependent on the sculptor’s skills, intricate works can be achieved by this method. The oldest known examples of this technique are the objects discovered in the Cave of the Treasure (Nahal Mishmar)hoard in southern Israel, and which belong to the Chalcolithic period (4500–3500 BC).

Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost-wax_casting.

 

 

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Happy Birthday, There’s a Corpse in Your Cake!

Strangely Interesting.

Nourishing Death

Last week I came across a photograph of an item that was, at one time, available for purchase on Etsy. A small, metal viewing coffin with the unnerving inscription, “Don’t talk so much.” From the viewing window a strange, pale countenance started out. 

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Unfortunately, there was no further information attached to the item, just a lot of unanswered questions. Who made this? When? Why? What’s with the mega creepy inscription that seems almost threatening in tone? I’m afraid I still don’t have any answers to these questions after a week of research. However, the little corpse in the coffin had some stories to tell. 

These are no ordinary playthings. The dolls originated in the US during the Victorian era, around 1860 and were called Frozen Charlottes, (or Charlie for males), dolls. The dolls were made in response to the enormous popularity of a song, “Fair Charlotte,” which was based…

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God of the Week: Typhon

Subject of new book art sculpture/project.

This Hollow Earth

03/12/2012: Typhon

Typhon was the son of Tartarus and Gaia, and father of all monsters. He was pretty tall; reached all the way up to the stars. Which, admittedly, was a lot shorter back then than it is today. Back then, the stars used to be affixed to the firmament, which disappeared sometime around the invention of modern science. Now the stars are light years away.

One of the most powerful monsters who opposed Zeus in this war was called Typhon or Typhoeus. He was the youngest son of Tartarus and Gæa, and had a hundred heads, with eyes which struck terror to the beholders, and awe-inspiring voices frightful to hear. This dreadful monster resolved to conquer both gods and men, but his plans were at length defeated by Zeus, who, after a violent encounter, succeeded in destroying him with a thunderbolt, but not before he had so terrified the gods that they…

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Return of the Combustible Alchemist

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I have been remiss in attending to this weblog for a good while now, thinking about the cosmological implications of gyroscopic existence and the impact of world events. History often hypnotizes and art making can polarize. Foibles of the day make for good copy but one must not insulate unabated.

Soon I am to travel to distant shores because that’s what I do. I move around in search of stories I can tell myself and others. Not so much a search for meaning; perhaps a bit of running from and toward, perhaps the unquenchable thirst for new narratives, stimuli and conundrums to ponder. This trip I am in search of camaraderie that elusive state of being I am in want of. Spirit and legend call. There is a kind of deficit in this regards that is being filled over the vibrations, the frequencies of the Internet to a place called India. There may appear, genie-like out of a fabulous bottle, ideologies I can live through and with. We shall see. More on that later.

Last Saturday at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, I was part of the select group of artists who converged for the first professional development workshop through Creative Capital, a supportive organization out of Manhattan. Run by art business professionals and artists, it helps put the pedal to the metal with the review of useful tools and suggestions to make one savvy and directed to one’s career goals and promotion particulars. This is the website site and if you scroll to the bottom you can watch Dread Scott talk turkey: http://www.creative-capital.org/pdp.

During this week, besides working in studio, I made plans to see what’s shaking in the NYC art world. For too long, I have breathe metal dust and bone shards, drumming up text to knit tactility with ephemeral essences. I also became familiar with the most interesting galleries I had little idea existed. Sometimes one can get insulated into a narrow stream of art making, forgetting how much other disciplines inform the passions past and present. To Colleen, Emma, Dread and Aaron, I thank you, as well as others from CC who I have not mentioned. Gallery Aferro is an enjoyable space for discussion and viewing art. We embark on the small road leading to the big, our sense of self intact and ready for the nearest skyrocket.

I wanted to add a few websites that gave enlightening information on the art market’s foibles and conditions: http://observer.com/2011/07/kiefer-fever/
Interesting to note that the school you went to can figure into pricing: http://www.agora-gallery.com/advice/blog/2016/03/29/how-to-price-your-artwork/

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The Huygens Enigma

We all need a bit of Dutch scientist info. This is especially good material.

The Renaissance Mathematicus

The seventeenth century produced a large number of excellent scientific researches and mathematicians in Europe, several of whom have been elevated to the status of giants of science or even gods of science by the writers of the popular history of science. Regular readers of this blog should be aware that I don’t believe in the gods of science, but even I am well aware that not all researches are equal and the contributions of some of them are much greater and more important than those of others, although the progress of science is dependent on the contributions of all the players in the science game. Keeping to the game analogy, one could describe them as playing in different leagues. One thing that has puzzled me for a number of years is what I regard as the Huygens enigma. There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the Dutch…

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New Class: Box Making Beyond the Rectangle

Be off for too long. Here’s a wonderful class for new book inventions.

Midnight Musings

Join me for a new class beginning Friday, April 15th at the Palo Alto Art Center. The class will run for 10 weeks and we will make non-rectangular boxes including a triangle, a pyramid, a circle and a hexagon. Classes are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. Sign up by calling the Palo Alto Art Center or enrolling using their online system. Only two spaces remaining in the class!

Below are photos of the magnetic pyramid box we’ll be making. Don’t miss out!

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