Well, I did it, I finished that bowl in time to drop it off yesterday at JAM Gallery for their Fall Exhibition!
I added on each leaf one at a time, like I did on the Rose Bowl trophy, not all at once like I usually do. This makes for a lot of back and forth in the studio, but it does allow me to more each piece around and fit it into it’s spot as the bowl torques slightly with the riveting.
So how do you like it?
The shape reminded me of a whirlwind and the colors and leaf-ish shapes made me think of Autumn, so I found its name through that: Reap the Whirlwind. I saw this phrase in the dictionary and thought that the idea of harvesting a whirlwind was magnificent. I just seem to really be in this sort of twisty, vortex-y, whirlwind-y kind of mood in my pieces lately!
You can see Reap the Whirlwind at JAM Gallery in Malvern, PASeptember 1st – October 31st (bwhahahahah) with receptions on September 12th (I’ll be there!) and October 10th (American Craft Week!) from 5 – 8pm.
This past week I ended up watching two different documentaries about artists: The Salt of the Earth & Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. While I DO recommend you watch both movies, I don’t recommend you watching them one after the other the way I did. It’s just too depressing that way.
Why would art documentaries be depressing?
Both artists, Sebastião Salgado & Ai Weiwei, deal wit social/political issues and it just gets depressing to see how cruel and oppressive humanity can be. In the Salt of the Earth, you even see how Sebastião gets broken down by it. He documented famine and war in Africa, burning oil fields in Iraq, and just saw humans treated worse than dirt. The suffering he saw was unimaginable. That’s why he chose to document it, so that people could at least glimpse the horrors that were happening. With Never Sorry, you see Ai Weiwei choose to fight his government, using his art and his international fame to bring light to the atrocities China commits on its people.
I do want to mention that Salt of the Earth is a beautiful film to watch. Wim Wenders is one of my favorite directors and he really created a mood that matched the beauty in Salgado’s photographs. I was even able to see Wrangle Island, which I read about earlier this year. What Salgado does to bring himself out of the depths of despair does leave one with a hope for humanity, so while this one is tougher in some aspects, it’s also uplifting in others. So basically, a Wim Wenders film ;^)
Obviously, I’m not a social activist artist, but I think that artists like these two are important for society. They are a check and balance system, a kind of reverse propaganda. Really a mirror held up to our culture. That’s why I get frustrated seeing how little art matters in this country. Would a scenario like in Monuments Men happen now? Well, we haven’t sent anyone into Palmyra to protect their antiquities, so I guess no. Now I’m just upset again.
Who are some social activist artists that you admire? Who do you think has shed light on important issues? Share in the comments so we can all look into the mirror and hopefully change the world.
I finished the metal portion of my YBC Challenge piece, but I wanted to make a new piece for the JAM Fall Exhibition that is fast approaching, so I’ve been in a flurry of activity in the studio trying to get this piece started and finished. I’m making the other design I came up with while working on the Rose Bowl.
First I textured all of the metal – 2 12×12″ 22g sheets of red brass and a 6×13.5″ piece of 22g copper. I wanted to show you the craziness that is trying to open the folds. Look at that consternation on my face.
I cut out the base and bowl portions and then six “leaves” to go around the outer edges. I’ve already decided that this is some form of Autumn, leafy, whirlwind kind of bowl. Hmmm, seems perfect for a Fall Exhibition, huh?
To keep it interesting, I’ve decided to cut some “net” portions out of each of the layers. I really like these little details. Plus I added the little detail on the bottom like I did to the Rose Bowl to get them to fit together. All I have to do now is fit the leaves, drill the holes, rivet them together and then finish the whole bowl. Did I mention I have about a day and a half to do this AND take photos of it?