|Arts in the Park 1999
Arts in the Park 1999
Proposal: I propose to create three different lifecasts
out of three different casting materials (concrete, fiberglass, and maybe
plaster or other) before the actual opening of AITP. Each of the three
days, at a preannounced time, I will break one statue out of its support
mold, the actual mold of plaster, gauze and fiberglass strand in which
it was created.
Alternative 2: Nobody but me does any hammering and chiselling. --They insisted on this. This volunteer- chipping was done successfully and enjoyably at Eads Gallery some years ago. Tools will not be lying around for impromptu bashing.
I hope the feeling of revealing a never-yet-seen work of art spreads
through the crowd. My casting molds have a beauty and strength of their
own as well.
It is possible that a statue will break while demold-
My Special Project, Breaking* Out, is meant to share with you the excitement an artist feels when a new piece is created. Three pieces of lifecast sculpture, one each day, will be 'busted out' of the plaster molds, which were made on the models and then filled with casting materials. This is especially relevant if you have ever opened a kiln, or developed a photo print: most of the work has been done, but only now can the piece be seen as you conceived it. Lifecast statues are a sort of 3-D photography: they capture a posed body, and freeze a point in the model's life. I have found that interacting with people is at least as interesting and valuable as the casting work itself.
Raised on Long Island, I moved to Memphis in 1974 after
graduating from R.I.S.D. to design toys for Wonder Products Co. (rocking
horses, toyboxes, wheeled toys) in Collierville. When they moved away,
I went to Hunter Fan as packaging and product designer. I started Archicast
in 1984 to create architectural castings for renovations and restorations
of old buildings. Having become proficient with plaster, lifecasting
looked like a fascinating challenge, after sculpting figurines in clay,
and my long involvement in photography.
This was printed in the festival program.
*They changed my name, "Busting," to "Breaking." Did this classy-up the project?
|Having them stolen was not part of the process!!|
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