25 June 2008

Where the water meets the wall

I cast in plaster at the base of the dune where the water meets the wall. Two of my casts stood up sculpturally, looking like fossils or scholar rocks.
This was a nice surprise and different from the other plaster sand casts. It was interesting to find places where the flow could be captured in a fluid medium, to learn how to make the dams for lakes of plaster.


Below the plaster is setting at the base of the dune. I came back days later and lifted the casting. It was hard to find after more clay and sand had fallen, covering it up.

24 June 2008

Sand Falls

video
Often the sand, as in an hourglass, falls from the dunes into parabolas and cones. Sometimes the falls are of stones. I can feel it. The wind, the sand, the sound of the sea.

Erosion Room


This image is made from a series of scans of a plaster cast of sculpted sand then morphed into this plaster like image and virtual space using photoshop.

It could be:
-projected on a wall
-printed on paper, scrim, wallpaper
-sculpted, flocked, braille-like, laser cut
-painted
-interactive
-responsive to data
-affected by wind, breath, water, heat, sand, touch
-something I haven't thought of yet

It might be:
-a 22 foot long wall
-made available on SecondLife or other alternate virtual world
-large format print series
-part of a book, physical or virtual
-derived from a graph of actual erosion patterns or measurement
-light sculpture
-set to music

I want to make animation to see what the changing states and iterations evoke.

The day I made this was a day of casting my own erosions experimenting with the plaster before trying it at the bottom of the dunes. Its a big climb with stuff. And a close look at the sand.

12 May 2008

Ice Melt

This is a schematic of the ice melt idea I dreamed over the weekend.
A cast ice form with inclusions of sand, clay, other is suspended from above and allowed to melt. Drip, drip, drip, document effect below. Capture in film, video, life, plaster, paint, digits.

23 April 2008

Fluvial Processes


Project:

Fluvial Processes

Sand flows from the dune cliff onto the growing pile at the foot.
The title banner is the same...one grain at a time.
The undermined clay outcropping above will likely have fallen after the next storm.

For four+ years I have been documenting the changes in the Newcomb Hollow cliffs of Wellfleet. Clay, sand, water, weather, tides, and gravity in a choreography of change.
Last fall I cast moments of the geomorphology in plaster.

I will next work with these castings on the scanner.
See what comes.


In late January a 19th Century schooner freed itself from the bottom of the sea and rolled ashore just south of the cliffs that have been my studio. The shipwreck made the news. In April a man killed himself just north of these cliffs. This too made the news. These cliffs are a force. Steady as she goes.The sand and clay continues its journey. And I continue mine.

I think our lives are not that different from the life of a grain of sand. We finally work ourselves to the surface and then we hang on until the winds of life loosen us. Gravity, water, or weather takes hold and we are off to the next landing. It doesn't feel like gravity when we are walking or careening through our days, but it is or we would all be flying, no doubt.
-"It's not the letting go that is hard, it's the holding on"- Buddhist wisdom

17 April 2008

Erosion Project : China Connection


These are some thoughts about the China side of this project.
To do research and inspiration work I want to travel to those oldest of erosions, the karst mountains of Guilin, the mountains of misty meditations. And then I want to see the problem erosion of the Bohai Sea. Beijing is a good base for this, so I will look into a residency at Red Gate or position at the Fine Arts Academy.

If I need to work in clay or plaster there are residencies at JingdeZhen or Sanbao in Jiangxi Province or Yingge in Taiwan.






  • Jingdezhen 景德镇
  • Yingge, Taiwan
  • 中央美院 Central Fine Art Academy, Beijing
  • LiJiang
  • Yangtze River
  • Kunmin, Guilin, Yangshuo, inspirational geography and travel
  • Red Gate Residency, Beijing
  • Red Gate Gallery
  • Chinese Study and Linguistics
  • Recycling project
  • Erosion project :: Fluvial Processes
  • Balance of Trade
Update: Spring 2009 travel to Guilin, Yangshuo, Yunnan, Yangtse Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shilin Stone Forest, and a month working in clay in Jingdezhen. Meizhonghua is the blog I am writing about my experience and impressions...in English.



16 April 2008

comfortable margins


I am comfortable in margins.
I like the edge.
Where the ocean meets the land is a favorite.
The inches and edges where my pen does its scratch is another.