Monthly Archives: April 2012


This big fellow was juried into the annual show at the Springville Museum of Art. One of my student’s wooden


pieces, that really showcased the assignment, also was selected. Great job Joel!

The straight figure again, this time a 1/2 life size portrait of my brother-in-law when he was 49 years old.  He was quite a challenge, as you can see he is built like an artist’s anatomy book. The sculpture was started in Kansas, travelled to Utah with some damage, was fixed and fiddled with, then I pulled a silicon mold in the living room of E & I’s small rental place, and finally last year had a bronze rough-cast at the foundry and I chased and welded it out in my studio. I brought him to the foundry with E-Ball for sandblast, patina, and basing as well (things I do at the studio now).

This is the same 1/2 life size portrait as the Sequential Figure. She did not risk destruction in her casting, rather her perfection was assured by ceramic shell. I had the foundry rough-cast her last spring, along with a casting of Peter, and I did the welding & chasing (see prior posts for the process), then had the foundry sandblast, patina (as I did not own a sandblaster at that point) with my help scubbing back the Liver of Sulphur, and base them to rotate on a hidden lazy-susan. I have entered her in a few shows, with no luck: the non-idealized nude figure in Utah or some such…

This new Sequential Figure is finished. She is the best of them all. I tried a few new things, building on my casting process from my MFA show and the Orpheus & Euridice commission. If there was time/$ left in the semester I would cast her and Peter again, pushing the series more.

While I was at it I created new bases for all of my Sequential Figures, and reworked their patinas. I’m considering sandblasting a few down and giving them entirely new patinas to match this one. The new male figure also has a patina and base, but I must make a new arm out of another media to replace his miscast arm.

The Roostuar came in for a photo shoot. He is rather problematic to photograph, as he is nearly 4 feet tall and weighs in at 90 pounds. He is so big that I catch the top/edges/bottom of the grey screen in the frame. He is on a separate turn-table to facilitate spinning him for the camera. He is my favorite so far in the Gallus Sapiens / H5N1 series, I call him Alpha & Omega regarding the obvious chicken/egg, and subtler viral contagion implication.

I thougth Crescent Selene was done awhile back. She sat on the dining room table for a month or so, showing me the places that needed more work. It was amazing how much more stone I needed to remove, and how many refinements needed to be addressed. Now the push & pull between form and abstraction, the dynamic of flexing strength v gravity, and stone v anatomy- all converge more convincingly. It seems she may finally be ready to let me call her done.