Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Metals used include old bullet casings and various can metals, all flattened and buffed or torched and embossed or simply left the way they were.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This new art work is entitled "Candyapple Metalflake Electric Rainbow Kachina". The basic design borrows elements from the imagery of the Hopi and Navaho kachina figures as well as some of the characteristics of Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass designs.
It uses recycled CD/DVD materials and has over 200 individual elements/pieces in the mosaic. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't catch the spectral flashes and scintallant quality of materials. Though there are patches of rainbow colored bars in the composition, there are also many rainbow flashes from the diffraction of the materials themselves. No doubt, whatever mysterious beings or entities reside in realm of Kachinas, they will bless this new piece with success.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
This matted mosaic piece is composed of many different colors and 3 different types of recycled disks. The silver pieces are just standard old CDs like you get from AOL or software or what have you. The various deep colors and black are Memorex CD-Rs. The light green ones are regular CD-Rs. The bright plum colored rectangles are DVD-Rs. All have been modified by torching them to just the proper degree, cut to shape and glued to the substrate.
The title of this piece is "Harlequin", referencing the multiple bright colors used in the piece, similar to the clown suit worn by the harlequin characters of Italian operas. It is 18" x 24" and is currently hanging in my dining room.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This eye-catching artwork is entitled Crystal Chaos for obvious reasons. I wanted to depict regularity collapsing into a chaotic jumble. However, it turned out that the chaos dominated to the point that the perimeter matrix of regularity is hard to discern. The chaos took over.
Still, the flashes of color and play of light in this piece are wonderful as you walk past it. Especially in a sunlit room.
This is a new piece that is already matted and framed. The art is 9" x 12" in an 18" x 22" silvery-gold wood frame. This piece is for sale, so if you are interested, please leave a comment with your contact info and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
First come, first served.
Here is a fun little assembly called Robo-Kachina.
Far in the future when only the Native Americans of the southwest have survived the impacts of the asteroid rain of 2012 and are adapting the technologies of the outside world to their traditional ways of life, their ceremonies are now populated by the dreaded Kachinas of old in a new and different guise - robotic monsters, clicking and whistling about the square, chasing the dancers and the children back into their pueblos.
Not very likely.....but it's the best b***s*** I could cook up on the spur of the moment.
CDs/DVDs/sparkle paper. Visions of strange days to come?
Monday, November 10, 2008
This mosaic piece, entitled Udjat Eye, is mainly torch-modified CD and DVD materials trimmed with gold foil from....yes, chocolate wrappers. Though it sounds silly, certain gold foils used for chocolates can be made to mimic gold leaf in a marvelously acurate way. Similarly, the CD/DVD material mimics jewels.
This piece takes its pattern from an actual ancient bracelet found in the tomb of Pharoah Sheshonk II and represents the Eye of the falcon God Horus. It had many magical meanings to the Egyptians, and I doubt if that ancient craftsman had any idea that his beautiful work would wind up being wrought in such a modern way over here in Colorado, a place he knew nothing about. But if there is a life after death and he can look down at this art, I hope he is pleased at my attempt to copy his art. The effort was due to my admiration of the original, probably in the Cairo Museum.
This piece, however, is in a collection in Thornton, Colorado.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
This piece, 'Jewel Pavement', is the favorite of everyone who's seen it in person. I entered it and several other pieces in the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition for emerging artists and it was purchased by a gentleman from Florida. I was excited to have sold another piece, but I kind of hate to see this one go as I really liked it. I'll have to do more in the same genre'.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
This piece was done to enter in a gallery show whose theme was the color red. It is entitled "Brothels of Oz".
Monday, January 22, 2007
This is a mosaic of jewels plundered from various ancient tombs of kings and queens. After long years of gathering the emeralds, aquamarines, saphires and other stones as yet unnamed in the west, I have set them in a pattern for your viewing pleasure.
No doubt you have guessed that I lied about these being precious stones. They are in reality just old CDs modified with the heat of a butane torch and cut into shapes. But they did come from ancient tombs.
OK, I lied again. I actually just gathered various types of discarded CDs to use for this artwork. The different brands and types exhibit different colors when you torch them, but most of them become beautiful.
If anyone reading this has any old CDs please let me know. I particularly want the CD-R type that have the colored optical plastic. Also, any of those DVD-Rs that didn't burn correctly -- don't throw them in the trash where they are just another landfill problem -- give them to me and I will ply them with flame, turning them into a thing of beauty, if not quite ancient jewels.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Opalescent fire and spectral color are well exhibited in this recycled CD artwork. This photo represents the appearance of the piece in one type of lighting. In another light or reflectance setting, this piece will look entirely different. Also, depending upon the viewing angle the colors and character changes constantly. In direct sunlight the spectral colors are the best, but it is a snowy, overcast day here in Colorado and I don't have any direct sunlight for a photograph.
This piece is part of a collection in Greeley, Colorado.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Today's Harv Art is a metal framed field of recycled materials that mimics precious stones and metals. The scan doesn't quite capture the wonderful play of light on the DVD/CD materials, it is still beautiful.
The purple/red fields are torched DVD-R; the deep reds are cut from a colored CD; the silver-black strips are cut from regular CD while the goldy-silver strips are the back side of CD-Rs; all have been torch-modified. The border is cut from a torched aluminum can and carefully folded into a channel shape so as to finish off the edges. All are super-glued to a backer board for rigidity. The size is very small - about 2" x 3".
I find it to be tedious but enjoyable work. It is satifying to some part of my twisted and contorted soul to create beauty from discarded and plain materials.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
This is DVD & CD material torched and cut and applied to a board in random mosaic pattern, enhanced with pastel rubs and framed in an aluminum can metal frame with bullet casing brass corner trim.
I've taken many photos of this piece but have yet to catch the absolutely incredible irridescence that results from the sunlight playing off of this material. This scan that I did with a Canon scanner however is better than I can do with my camera. I will try to find someone with a better digital camera and see if they can capture the reality of this material's beauty when is direct sunlight.
For now, lose yourself in the jewel-like beauty of this common material altered just a bit to become something entirely different and pretty.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Done some time ago, this little artwork features a little of everything. The primary material is flat stone enhanced with file cuts, drilled-in pin heads, colored pencil and ink. It is cut into and flush with the surface of foamcore that has been covered with a pastel paper with pastel rubs. Then pounded-out brass from old bullet casings and some copper sheet has been added for some glitter.
The original intent was to try to create an 'artifact' from an unknown primitive civilization whose religion and creative efforts were based upon the worship of the inert robots from a past civilization that they find scattered throughout their world. Because some of the robots still have some small atomic power units intact and partially react to those who approach, the people think they are living gods and create offerings of primitive objects, said art supposedly being an example.
Don't ask me how any of this makes sense; it surely doesn't. It just forms an obscure inspiration to create something different. The concept could be expanded and refined but I moved on to other ideas. Maybe some day I will come back to it and do a whole series with this idea.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
This cute little fish was done as an experiment with repousse and chasing. Repousse is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal (in this case Coke can aluminum) is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side. Chasing, on the other hand, is the opposite - hammering the metal down from the front side. When they are used in combination the result is a relief image that is somewhat sculptural. The ancient civilizations of South America used these techniques a lot with gold and silver foils and made some very striking artwork ornaments. The more malleable the metal, the easier it is to get good results. The Coke can aluminum is not as malleable as copper or gold but is available and free.
I have done this image very roughly so as to give it an abstract feel and then enhanced it with color from felt tipped markers. This is fun and reasonably fast. I want to experiment with it some more as I think some fossil images could be done with interesting effect with this technique.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
After doing this and some other pieces involving Mayan glyphs, all I can say it that those folks must have been doing some heavy duty drugs to come up with a system of writing that involves such convoluted images!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
The pastel image for today typifies one of my favorite techniques for quick art that satifies the eye. The technique uses masques and powdered pastel chalks rubbed against the masques to form the hard edges while the pastels are feathered out like airbrush.
This particular image was created some years ago and the first original was sold to a dentist in Arizona. I liked the image so much that I replicated it again. Strangely enough, the wife of a dentist now wants to buy this replication. I guess there is something about this image that is attractive to those in the dental field. I suppose that this is because the inspiration for this image is derived from the oral cavity and dentition of the striped wombat.
Actually I just made that last part up. The pattern is one that I cooked up on the spot just because it appealed to my sense of composition.
Right now I am churning out more of these to take to all the dental offices around town cause apparently dental folks just can't resist this image.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Similar to another piece shown on this blog previously, this is a cute little synthesis of pastels and raw metals. The metals are recycled from different sources, pounded unmercifully with a hammer on my section of railroad rail anvil and then polished up with steel wool.
These types of little artworks take very little time to produce. As I am growing less and less patient with every facet of existance this suits me fine. I can see the outcome in a short time (as opposed to some other art that takes ages to complete and that I get bored with before it is done).
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Metal, all polished up with steel wool, set into the surface, arranged in pleasing composition; copper, aluminum; so shiny, so pretty.
Pastel chalk, rubbed on illustration board; pretty rose and lavendar colors; like a sunset fog on a planet with a purple star for a sun.
Art, random and meaningless, fun to think pointless thoughts about; useful for fantasy and mindless gazing for no reason; spurring some strange reaction in the human brain.
Metal shapes in a colored fog of pastel - that's what this Harv-art is.