Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Oct 30, 2010 Nest

This bird's nest has some surprising human-made elements that appear more decorative than structural--a blue twist tie, green landscape tie, and a wad of fishing line (bottom left). The form itself is a beautiful swirl of sticks, stems, and leaves.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Oct 29, 2010 Distinction

A few fallen leaves are isolated on a curb, a hint of a tree line is in the distance. The fog creates a clear distinction between foreground and background.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Oct 28, 2010 Subtlety

The difference in textures between the veined leaf and the rocky asphalt is highlighted due to the warm colors set against the steely gray. I ask myself, if this had been a painting or sculpture, would I have wanted more subtlety?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Oct 27, 2010 Vibrant

Autumn leaves are falling off the trees and flowers are looking spent and tattered. The wrinkled and torn petal still has a vibrant color and shape.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oct 26, 2010 Silhouette

The dark silhouettes of the trees and building highlight the light gray clouds against the dark gray sky. The volume of the clouds stands out from the flat foreground.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Oct 25, 2010 Interpretation

In this grate I see references to mountains, rivers, rain, and lightening. The stylized and abstract design leaves a lot open for interpretation.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Oct 24, 2010 Orange

The intense pumpkin orange color seems out of place for leaves on a tree. Art and nature are full of optical illusions.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Oct 23, 2010 Imprint

An imprint left by a dumpster creates an interesting form in the grass. Trenches bracket the dead grass which has hints of new growth. The dark green frame sets it all off.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Oct 22, 2010 Arrangement

Three stages are visible in one glance and the bud-to-bloom sequence is aligned centrally. While botanical drawings sometimes display images like this, it's rare to find the forms arranged this way in nature.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Oct 20, 2010 Sidewalk

An innovated approach to the usual urban tree-in-a-square-sidewalk-hole. This hole is filled with slate and grass, making the sidewalk a flat surface form broken up with interesting shapes and textures.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Oct 17, 2010 Water

The fountain in Capital Hill's Cal Anderson Park looks a bit like Tacoma's Museum of Glass cone. The water cascading down transforms the form from a static stone sculpture into an active and changing performance.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Oct 15, 2010 Review

A review of my installation Re-Present and Barbara De Pirro's installation vortex plastica by Alec Clayton is here: 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Oct 14, 2010 Volcano

The dividing lines and cavities of these berries look like flattened volcanoes. The spherical forms become more interesting because the craters and mounds are all shaped just slightly different.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Oct 13, 2010 Stylized

A very stylized version of flowers and leaves is evident in this architectural detail. The interpretation is very dynamic and works well in a repetitive pattern.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oct 12, 2010 Layers

The concentric layers benefit from the color shift. Being able to really distinguish the depth and edges makes this form interesting. But having multiples close together emphasizes the likeness as well as variety of forms.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Oct 11, 2010 Absence

Now that these leaves have lost their color, and are set against the green grass, it's possible to really concentrate on their forms. Overlapping, tucked under, and different sizes, they create a new shape together.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Oct 10, 2010 Situation

A splash of botanical color and form in sharp contrast to the flat beige background, these plants live in the top crevice of a cement road barrier. Situating art in a surprising site can make a huge impact.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Oct 9, 2010 Transition

These fall leaves have been captured in their transition. Like an underpainting that shows through a canvas, the veins display the former green color; meanwhile the red and yellows intermingle on the top layer.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Oct 8, 2010 Reveal

The textures created and revealed by this peeling bark create interesting layers, shadows and forms. It makes me think about making a work and then peeling back the layers to create something quite different.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Oct 6, 2010 Closer Look

These red/orange leaves are striking against the background of green grass. A closer look reveals the contrast of lines exhibited by leaves' veins and the grass. Look even closer and see the green square created by the placement of the two leaves.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Oct 5, 2010 Spikey

Hundreds of thin, green spikes cover the outside hard shell of this pod while the inside is smooth and bone-like. Art can combine some very jarring differences in forms and textures.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Oct 3, 2010 Re-Present

Re-Present is now on view at 906 Broadway. I draw inspiration from the exhibition space location and my ongoing exploration of the lifecycle of ideas. At this site, the windows mirror the Pantages Theater across the street (the block that the theater now occupies was once the site of, among other things, Tacoma’s first library). Theaters present the ideas of playwrights, composers and choreographers--later generations recompose or reenact some of those performances. In this installation I reinterpret architectural details from the exterior of the theater. This theme of re-presentation is related to my interest in how knowledge is transformed over time.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Oct 2, 2010 Looking Out

Today I will begin setting up my new installation "Re-Present" in the storefront of 906 Broadway across the street from Tacoma's Pantages Theater. Here's the view from inside the space looking out at the theater.