I’ve been terrible about posting, I know. I apologize. I have a bunch of stuff to share from the last 4 months of silence, some of it satisfying, some of it trivial. either way, I’ll be posting a bunch this week, and hopefully spending more time out at the beach in the coming weeks. now, on to business.
this project was strange in that I kept feeling that I was finished, then went on to continue working, finding new identities for the work. there was a sort of gestalt to the stages that I think deserves viewing. below are three states of development that I enjoyed.
the scale is half of what I enjoyed about this project. most of the forms are very human in size, and came together with relative ease, considering the required constituent elements.
the second funny thing about the project was that its actual finished state, after so many pleasing moments during the construction, wasn’t attractive to me. this is in part because the structure ended up being taller than me, and I didn’t have the strength or dexterity left to work above head height. thus, it’s finished off in a loose, uncaring way. the cap lintels and the outer edges of the top surfaces are haphazard and placed merely to go through the motions of enclosing the central pillar. the shadow lines along the edges of the pillar worked out just like I had hoped, but I was losing stability as passers by felt the need to press down on the cantilevered arms that pierce the case of the pillar. I felt I had to finish the piece quickly and photograph before some overzealous inquisitor knocked my work over.
I often can get irritated when people come up to me while I work, because stacking is an extremely internal and subconsciously engaging process, where I need a certain level of meditative quiet to properly empty my mind in order to let the physics of the situation impress themselves on my analytic functions. in those moments of frustration, I have to remind myself as I work that my art is partially for my personal enjoyment, and partially to help spread my beliefs, especially to young people.
I think it is vitally important that we interact with our physical world, learning about the materials and relationships of forces that naturally occur in the world in relation to our human life. furthermore, I think that people need to be encouraged to act; most young people are constantly told to “behave”, which usually actually to be “passive.” this makes for a miserable life, in the long run. people who take chances and experiment with the world will learn all the important lessons nature offers – cause and effect, the effervescent nature of human efforts and plans, how substances follow their own logic that, when studied by man, offer amazing opportunities, and simple confidence. to that end, when kids want to help or want help copying me, I think it’s partially my responsibility to foster their creative intent and curiosity. so perhaps my stack falls prematurely due to the interference of some kid, or I can’t stay focused due to the questions of some tourist – if they are driven to a less passive existence, a greater purpose has been served. also, how can you resist sharing your experience when you make someone happy? I’ll let the faces of a pair of kids who tagged along the entire time speak for me. sure, they were the ones who compromised the structre and eventually made it topple, but we had fun.
more stacking to come. I hope you find something you want to build in your life.