Headless 36” man requests more #monsterclay. Also, more #butts.
The theme for today is butts. Thank you @its_hayleyquentin and @tessie_salcido_whitmore for trading these delightful pieces with me. I’m so grateful to have been included in @the_barker_hangrrr’s final event today at @bozomag. I’m so inspired by what people like @barker_hayley and @bannydowman are doing around town. You guys brought a lot of people together today and throughout the project. Thank you so much, Hayley. Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve next. Second image is my #wip for today, a series of 1:12 & 1:6 scale figures in half completed two part matrix silicone molds. I like their little butts pointing skyward. Soon I will have both press and pour molds to play with for clays and resins.
Current work in progress #monsterclay #sculptures, newest #dollhouseminiatures conquest, up on deck #wips, TINY EYES AND EARS FOR 1:12 & 1:6 SCALE FIGURES, research, research and more research, and then the tiniest big dog in all the land. #weekendroundup
More figurative sculpture bookmarked posts. #toomuchgoodstuff
Miniature food and clay hand.
I’m super fortunate to have a home and a spouse that can accommodate the tornado that has been my studio practice. These are the most recent images in my camera roll, some sent as a preparatory text to @davsnothere about the status of our house before he comes over this week. Im also fortunate to have friends that don’t care about this kind of thing. It’s making me realize I experience embarrassment over inappropriate things, most likely. Still, I’m wishing I was the type to enjoy studio management/organization/cleanliness when it comes to my own space. I think I am that person, but I’ve let the mess in my bedroom studio get to the point of a claustrophobic disaster. Thanksgiving is almost upon us though, which means I’ll have to force myself to take a break from making crap and actually clean/organize. If anyone else is considering transitioning from strictly painting to sculpture and ceramics, I would just recommend making a better effort to keep things organized than I apparently have.
Billy likes this one from my growing collection of nightmare fuel mold blank prototypes because with its hands being the most done, he feels it’s really capable of speaking the language of “What the hell am I? Why do I exist? Why do I look like this?” I have the answers for you, little guy, but not yet. I’m really enjoying the reality that practice does improve things if you can just be patient. I’m finding that with each new figure, it gets a little bit easier to approximate the correct placement of the muscle masses. I still have a long way to go on my figuration skills but this is helping immensely. I think I’ll try out using water based paper clay from Laguna on the biggest pair but it’s not ideal for kitchen table/couch working the way I like to. Basically, I just need more @monster_clay, please and thank you.
This Homage to Sarah Lucas is up on the walls for the @mvp_tsala_annualholidayparty at @montevistaprojects and @tsa_la. We have an opening reception for the preview tomorrow night from 7-10 and it’ll be up for bidding until December 14th during our big holiday party. It’s a wearable cast resin gold inlaid necklace on a pearlescent modified gypsum cast chest. #mvp_tsala_annualholidayfundraiser
It’s a weird feeling to be able to handle these @monster_clay hands so roughly but the #slipcast #potteryplaster #molds turned out with the #porcelain duplicates so I can let them go and melt them to free up the clay for my next project. I have had to be so precious with them for so long. Now I have to clean up the flashing on the porcelain before I can fire them.
These guys are coming home after this Saturday. @colinrobertsart is hosting a closing reception for Handjob and Mindshift at @lava_projects from 2-5 that day. I’d love to see you there! After that, head over to @montevistaprojects and @tsa_la for our Holiday Fundraiser Preview from 7-10! It’s going to be a fun Saturday!
Magic happened and I feel like a wizard. Does this mean I’m on my way to including #slipcasting in my bag of tricks?
I’ve got two racks of sweet little slipcast mold babies slowly drying out in my oven. It’s days like these that I really appreciate working in a home studio. If I go into my actual studio and not my living room/kitchen, that sentiment fades. It’s an absolute chaotic mess. I’ve been completely consumed by various processes of automation for more than two months now, learning how to make molds through watching videos and reading anything I can get my hands on. I’m sure many mistakes have been made, but I’m learning that I learn well from doing and making mistakes. I need to understand why things need to be done by having my hands on them. That all being said, I’m extremely impatient to get past automation and back to creation. I’m excited to pour these molds and fire them in the class I’m auditing that @kellanbarnebeyking is teaching. I’ve been doing glaze tests and trying out materials and I’m so close to finished pieces, I can almost taste it. I still have a few things I want to mold that will help me along the way as I continue to prepare for this project I’m collaborating with @rakeemc for and they show we’ll have together next May at @elephant_art_space. I don’t know if I’ve said that yet, but dang it I’m excited. I feel like I’m back in grad school focusing on thesis preparation but I feel so much more certainty in my goals and aspirations. This commitment to my goals is hard to balance and stay healthy, and I hope it’s not making me too inwardly focused. Enough about me, how are you?
#backonmybullshit with some @smoothon polymer modified gypsum mixed with #yellowochre in an #alginate mold and #thermoplastic mother mold of Billy’s sex-pot torso.
Things I’m working on right now. I am scrapping the old design for the slipcast molds in favor of making these in hollow porcelain. The head shaped thing is going to be a latex mold for casting that I’ll use as a base for head sculpts.
This DIY #AdultColoringBook practice is keeping me sane and calm in the face of repeated technical failures in my studio this week. Mold-making is hard. Slip-casting is hard. Color studies are not. I’m working on thinking through some triptych type narratives that I’ll eventually render in various stages of relief and in the round sculpture. For now, they’re aspirational #aspirationalminiatures studies.
Continuing on with these color studies on top of old sketches, like this #facesuckers one while I gallery sit today. More thoughts for future #aspirationalminiatures that I’ll be composing in clay. I’m thinking a lot about the color yellow being used as a skin tone. I’m specifically interested in yellow ochre and it’s historical use as a pigment dating back to cave painting days. I have a lot more research ahead of me.
Working through some color thoughts for upcoming #aspirationalminiatures with some quick bedtime finger iPad color mockups under old sketches.
My Grandma thought to send me pictures of her gentleman friend’s bottle collection. Now I HAVE to make one.
My cousin @alex.aavang treated me to my first #blacksmithing lesson this week. He’s getting married today and this time we’ve spent together this week with our family has been really incredibke. We made a nail together. I love this art form. Here’s a few of his pieces he completed while learning. I want a #forge and a beefy forearm, please and thanks. 🎥 by his incredible fiancé @aggy_mag who will today be his wife!!
Have I ever truly loved a painting until now? My mom and I took in the incredible collection at @artsmia today. This first little stunner is called “Peeling a Banana” by #JohnWilde from 1961. It was from a beautifully curated room along with the following gems. #PavelTchelitchew, “Two Sailors”, 1930 #PavelTchelitchew, Acrobat in Red Vest,” 1930 #JohnWilde, “Standing and Leaping Men”
Skinning my armature models with @monster_clay today. I’ll be making latex, potters plaster and maybe some sorta-clear food safe molds from them to cast clay, resins, and maybe some food stuff...This is a first step in what is a big part of a big upcoming project that I’m tremendously excited about.
I want to be your latex salesman. This new addition to the mold making tool kit is real fun. I thought maybe I’d need to make mother-molds of the latex molds of these copper molds and then I was like wait, whoa, they’re basically mother-molds. How many times can I type molds in one post? #moldmaking!!!
Here’s a taste of what I’m bringing to the table for @lava_projects’s “Handjob” - a first step in what will be an ongoing series of functional #coppermold #jellomolds. I’m honored to have this on display with all the other fantastic work that will be on view beginning this coming Sunday from 6-9 pm. Thank you for including my work, @colinrobertsart!
Happy almost Halloween month!
It’s probably a dream come true to be included in an exhibition titled “Handjob.” Very grateful to @colinrobertsart and @lava_projects to be included in this show about the hand being evident in the work - get your mind out of the gutter, people. Opens October 6th from 6-9 pm.
Less than a year ago, I was very pleased with this little man. Suffering through a makeover is his punishment for disappointing me.
#IWishYouWereCheese #AspirationalMiniatures man. Do I still call them that if the small version is finished after the big version? He might still get tweaked a bit because I’d eventually like him to be a part of my copper molds project, but I molded him with #glycerineandgelatin and casted him with #duomatrixneo to free up the #monsterclay. I want to make them into copper molds so that I can actually make him into cheese. It’s coming...
Not much, how about you?
I’m tracking down artworks that feature the use of figuration sculpturally with any degree of realism. I’m putting together some demo presentations and want to pay my dues to the old gods and the new. I’d be thrilled if you felt like sharing any suggestions of works I might take a look at.
After forgetting to expect a human face in my passenger seat, I legitimately spooked myself while checking my blind spot with this dude. He’s at @chewing_foil now for @wowprojectla’s #CruelOptimism. See y’all tonight from 8-11.
Tomorrow night, this guy is on the wall at @chewing_foil for @wowprojectla’s #CruelOptimism. DM me for the address if you want to get in on it.
This guy and his little #cookieduster might be one of my oldest ongoing #wip projects. He’s too big to be a copper mold but smaller than most of my other recent projects. At some point, he’ll stop existing in #monsterclay. I’ll mold him with #glycerineandgelatin and cast him with #duomatrixneo and/or @aqua.resin. He’s like half #relief, half #sculpture and I kind of like it like that.
These little egg holding hands look pretty, but they didn’t work out well enough for me to want to mold them for duplicates, so it’s back to the drawing board with some #supersculpey for me. I’m digging it as a material for prototyping because I can process it both in its malleable stage but also after it’s been baked. I won’t give up on using monster clay for everything, but this #jewelrymaking endeavor requires precision and perfection, imho. I thought I would include the steps on how I got there though...The precision of a mug dipped into a crock pot of #glycerineandgelatin that’s badly in need of some straining might make some mold makers rage quit on this whole endeavor. Very imprecise but hey, it works. I casted #duomatrixneo with #fiberglass into the mold so that I could really polish and finesse the hard castings but there were breakages that I repaired with super sculpey. I want them to be so perfect before I do any #moldmaking with #silicone. Spending time on making them shiny and perfect in this stage will mean that when I #coldcast them with #urethaneresin for more of my #caniofferyouaniceegginthistryingtime #jewelry, they’ll need less finishing with #epoxyresin. I also just bought #microcrystallinewax for a project I’m doing with @blightworker, so maybe some actual cast metal jewelry might be in my future too!
#UselessMan opens this coming Saturday, August 24th from 6-8 pm at @highwaysps by @18thstreetarts in Santa Monica. Thank you @dakotanoot for curating this show!! And thank you @nintendoza for the honor of finally sculpting you.
Cracks can be mended unless they’re a 🍑.
Go home, Mr. Stumbles, you’re drunk. . . . . This scale is really fun and easy to work at with this firm #supersculpey. I think the finished #aspirationalminiatures #sculpture is going to end up being around 30 inches. I’m going to bake the heads and hands, and then sculpt the body with either #clay or #oilclay, mold it with #glycerineandgelatin and then cast it with #duomatrixneo or #aquaresin. I am hoping this routine ends up being the norm. #Painting #sculpey is just so dang satisfying and I’ve been itching to try this sample of #genesisheatsetpaints I got awhile back. I’m going to also try articulating him and messing around with some weird floor mounting options.