Tuesday, October 06, 2020

The title of this mixed media mosaic piece is "Shaman".  It is done a combination of my jewel-like 'torched' CD and DVD material and my iridescent 'torched' confectioner's foils, articulated with tooled impressions, as well as a center piece of tooled aluminum sheet covered with a pattern of the torched foils.  The purple elements in this mosaic are particularly beautiful.  It is currently available for sale.  Please contact me for details if you are interested in purchasing it.

 The title of this mixed media mosaic piece is "Splendor".  It is composed of a combination of my jewel-like 'torched' CD and DVD material and my iridescent 'torched' confectioner's foils articulated with tooled impressions.  I think the color combinations and the composition of this piece are very pleasing.  It is currently available for sale.  Please contact me for details if you are interested in purchasing it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

This new artwork is called 'Kaleidoscopic' and is composed of torched CD and DVD-R materials. Photo doesn't do it justice but it's the best I could do with my limited photographic skills. This one is available. If you are interested, message me.

'Collection III' is a more detailed 3-D array of torched CD and DVD fragments arrayed in more detailed configurations. This one took much longer than the other 'Collection' pieces.

Another 3-D 'Collection'-themed work with jewel-like chips of torched CD and DVD material elevated on tiny pedestals above a foil covered substrate. This one is, of course, titled 'Collection II'.

With this artwork, I am going in a different direction or genre. The 3 dimensional elements are torched foils over medallions or heat-textured CD and DVD plastics. They are elevated on little pedestals and arranged in an array similar to a mineral or insect collection display. Maybe they are some type of alien artifacts - who knows. This one is titled 'Collection I'.

This new piece is another textured aluminum, 3 dimensional artwork that is composed of amorphous discs of striated aluminum covered in torched confectioner's foils arranged in layers above a foil covered substrate. Title is 'Cluster'.

This multi-hued artwork is composed of multiple unique elements. The large central rectangle is a piece of textured board covered in torched foil. Multiple strips of torched CD and DVD 'jewels' complement the other foil covered elements that reflect textured aluminum substrates and deformed CD plastic surfaces. Dig it!!!! The title of this work is 'Zowie!'

Emulating some type of archaic tableau, this 3-dimensional array of textured plaques could be door to an ancient treasure trove, the cover of a reliquary or the magical entry to the tomb of an incredible entity from across the galaxy. Some have said it reminds them of a slab of carbonite with an alien creature embedded within.  Or maybe it's just an eye-pleasing arrangement of colored and textured rectangles concocted in a lonely artist's basement studio. It is a mixed media 'mosaic' that can be framed and wall hung.  The materials are heat-modified confectioners' foils over heat textured pieces of CD and DVD.  The slabs are raised 1/8" above the substrate.  I titled it 'Ancient'.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

This rather large mixed media mosaic is a wall hung piece that I did as a commission.  It is composed of many different elements in a curvilinear composition.  Some of the materials used are my torched CD and DVD pieces, thin wood splits covered by torched confectioners foils, plastic tubes covered by the same foils, multiple bead types, soft plastic sign board pieces cover by copper foil and tooled with intricate little patterns, etc.  I named it 'Treasure Weave'.  Due to the curvilinear configuration, almost every piece of the larger elements had to be custom made for its unique location - so this artwork took me months to complete.  Click on the photo to see a larger version.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

OK, let's try something new.  This piece, entitled "Clash", utilizes two types of my self-invented torched materials - confectioner's foils and recycled CD and DVD tiles.  Substrates include plastic welding rods, pieces of bottle caps and fields of corrugated coffee shop paper cup heat shield sleeves.  Wham!  Colliding in an arc'd composition like the crazed dream of metal and jewels.  Fun.
This piece, called "Stele", was an attempt to mimic certain ancient works of art using my weird, invented materials.  Though the photo seems distorted, the overall appearance when framed was quite nice and sold almost immediately.
The title of this piece is "Twister" and is more of the torched foils over thin splits of wood.  Applied strips of multi-colored foils help to create an impression of vortextular (just made up that word) chaos.  At least, that was the intent.  Along with just making something pretty to look at.
Another in a series, this piece is entitled "Ocean II".  It utilizes the same inventive array of materials as the "Ocean" piece posted earlier.
Tiled with multiple types of exotic and crazy stuff, this work entitled "Dalliance" uses many of the materials I've cooked up.  Torched CD pieces, torched foils, aluminum from food lids, etc.  Composed into a rectangular matrix, they complement each other and sparkle in very eye-pleasing ways.
"Sheen Machine" is the title of this piece.  It uses splits of wood covered in torched confectioner's foils along with multi-colored fragments of torched CD material.  The metallic sheen of the foils is captivating when combined with the torch-induced variations in color.
Torched confectioner's foils over blocks of plastic sheet with some tiles of jewel-like torched CD material comprise this piece called "Ocean".
The pictured piece is a small work done on an empty plastic CD case.  It is primarily composed of tiles of torched CD material with the large central panel of torched aluminum.  I love the jewel-like quality of the torched CD material.  The photo does not convey adequately the play of light and the spectral colors of these tiles.
This piece is called "Campos De Oro" and is composed of various materials including brass and aluminum, can metal modified with torch, heat modified foils over bases of different types and a few small highlights of torched CD materials.
Having not posted since 2013, I guess I better get on the ball and show some of my more recent work.  This piece is entitled "Other Realms" and is done with torched confectioners' foils modified with a torch over a base of random aluminum pieces.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

This framed mosaic piece is entitled 'The Message' and is composed of heat modified, multi-colored CD and DVD fragments.  Click on the image for a larger view.  This is essential for understanding the subtle code that is contained in the pattern of this work.  This code is based on variations of Mayan codex glyphs and a strange inscription similar to Irish ogham script that was recently found by the Mars Rover, Curiousity, on the lower slopes of Aeolis Mons in Gale crater.  Yeah, right.  Actually there is no hidden code in the arrangement of the tiles; it is just random placement of sizes and colors.  But that inscription on Mars is absolutely the truth.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Here is a new, tiny artwork that is titled "Yeah!" It is only 4" x 6" x 1" deep and utilizes the recycled CD/DVD materials as well as the recycled Christmas decorations from the Target store. Simple composition, but less is more you know.

This small 6" x 8" mosaic is another wrapped edge/self-framed piece only 1/2" deep. It is titled "Jewelscape" and utilizes the recycled, torch-modified CD/DVD material.

This piece is called "Thank You!" It is a basic mosaic composition using both the recycled CD/DVD and store decoration materials mentioned in a prior post. It is hung in the Co Art Gallery in the Santa Fe Art District in Denver.
This is a relatively large piece that one of my neighbors commissioned me to do. It is 12" x 24" x 1" deep. It is a self-framed mosaic composition similar to a smaller piece I did some time back, but with different colors and slightly different configurations. It is all torch-modified CD/DVD material. I entitled it "Crystal Kachina", as the compostion of the image is intended to be an abstraction of the Hopi Kachina entities, with a FLL Wright twist.

This piece is called "Code II". It is an 8" x 8" x 1" deep, self-framed wall mosaic art piece using the torched CD/DVD material. It is self-framed in that the CD/DVD pieces wrap back over the wood sub-frame so that no mat or other visible frame is needed. This piece is available for $75 plus any shipping cost.
This piece is entitled "Wow, Man!" and utilizes both the jewel-like CD/DVD material and some new recycled material I haven't used before. The red and orange diffraction-type materials were cut from discarded
Christmas decorations that were hung in a Target store. While normally tossed in the dumpster when the holidays are over, I asked the lady in charge of decorations if she would save that portion for me. She did and I'm glad because I think this material has great color, is very eye-catching and great to work with. The orange is the result of lightly caressing the basic red material with a small torch flame.

I actually did this piece as a gift for her to thank her for going to the extra trouble of saving this great material for me.

Monday, January 24, 2011

This small artwork is entitled "Splitsville". It is tiny at 4" x 4" but is very eye-catching and sparkly. The materials are torch-modified CD and DVD pieces.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

This new piece is titled "Fault" and is currently in the CoArt Gallery in Denver's Santa Fe Art District. It is composed entirely of recycled metals and the torch-modified CD/DVD material I invented. Please forgive the poor photography; it looks very nice in person.

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.
This new piece is entitled "Cadence" and is composed entirely of pieces of the torch-modified CD and DVD material. Poor photography does not give the true portrayal of how this piece looks in real life. It is currently in the CoArt Gallery in Denver's Santa Fe Art District.

This new piece is titled "Off Kilter". It uses all recycled materials, such as brass from old bullet casings, can metals of multiple types, foils from various sources and, of course, my unique CD and DVD gems. One new material incorporated is portions of the typical old style CD jewel cases. I was given about a thousand of these and didn't want to throw them away. So I began cutting parts out of them such as the nice micro-ribbed black edges and the flat black textured plastic behind where the CDs lie. These were used in this piece.
Please forgive the poor photography. This was snapped in the gallery because I had to get it up quickly and the lighting was not right for proper exposure.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

This small piece is done with the modified recycled CD/DVD material that I inovated and is somewhat inspired by the stained glass works of Frank Lloyd Wright. However, the primary compositional nature of the piece simply the ongoing generation of eye-pleasing juxtapositions using the 45 degree triangle and rectangular shapes to serendipitously create a jumble that looks good. I have used many different colors in this piece, which equates to many different brands or types of CD or DVD, each having its own inherent color based upon my modification process. This process produces gem-like qualities in the CD or DVD pieces, thus the title: Crystal Vortex. This piece measures 5" x 7.5" and is matted in a silver toned 11" x 14" frame. It is for sale and I am asking $180 USD for it.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Another tiny piece using recycled metals of many differing types combined with the jewels of modified CD material. This is entitled 'Rainbow Machine'.

Friday, September 10, 2010

This piece is a little old but I wanted to post it because, while it uses some of the jewel-like CD/DVD material, it is unique in that it also uses a new experimental material I devised, namely crushed and polished aluminum foil colored with alchohol inks (I like being a mad art scientist, always pushing the envelope with strange and unheard of materials). Click on the image to look at the close-up to see how richly detailed this material is. I plan to do some further work with this inventive use of a common material. The title of this piece is 'Shaman'.
This piece is called 'The Vein' and was meant to be an abstraction of a mineral vein of gold ore intruding through the strata of other rock. It is about 6" x 8" in size.
This little 3" x 3" piece is entitled 'Swirl' and is a mosic in the recycled and modified CD/DVD material. Very jewel-like and glittery.
This metal and CD/DVD piece is entitled 'Tresure' and has a wide variety of metal types: Old bullet casings in brass, copper and steel; aluminum can materials modified in various ways (torching, polishing, embossing); aluminum pie plate; gold foil from chocolate wrappers; foil from the tops of wine bottles, etc. Look close, the details in the metals and 'gems' is cool.

Another in the new series of tiny artworks. This one is entitled 'Twist' and has a slightly more interesting composition that the former piece.

A new series of artworks mixing various recycled metals and the gem-like CD and DVD materials is underway with this tiny piece entitled 'Metal Matrix'. It is only 2.5" x 3" and is very simple in composition. However, the materials are very rich in micro-detail and visually interesting.

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

This piece is one panel from a triptich being created for a commission for a permanent display in the City of Thornton Civil Center building. It is entitled 'The Map' and will be mounted horizontally, taking up one whole wall panel above the main Lobby.

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.

This small piece uses CD and DVD pieces of many different colors, mimicing a patchwork quilt. It is in a collection in Thornton, CO.

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'.
This CD/DVD-R piece is called 'Razz-Ma-Tazz' and is the companion piece for 'Jazz' shown in a previous post. Wish you could see this piece in person in direct sunlight - it bursts into jewel-like colors that would make a Pharaoh envious.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

A new piece using the torch-modified colored CDs and a little more percentage of torched DVD-Rs. It uses red, purple and just a touch of the yellow CD material and juxtapozes these with the irridescesence of the torched DVD-Rs. The purple CD material picks up and highlights the lavendars of the DVD-R material. The best part of the piece though is the crystalline depth of color in the DVD-R's. It is very appealing in a setting where the light falling upon it is from a side angle, but is really spectacular when viewed in direct sunlight. This piece is entitled "Jazz" and is now in a collection in Toronto, Canada.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Here is a new work using colored CDs and DVD-Rs. It uses red, purple and yellow CDs (torched of course) and mixes those primary colors with the irridescesence of the torched DVD-Rs. It is striking in its presence in a way the photo does not capture.

This piece was done to enter in a gallery show whose theme was the color red. It is entitled "Brothels of Oz".