Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Brother Teaches Me

I went to visit my brother, Sean McKinney, in New Jersey from June 11-15. He lives out in the country in Columbia, and has a great shop that he opened to me, working with me to construct two pieces (which I will post about next, now that they're finished) and teaching me a great deal about working with wood and power tools. How lucky I am to have such a kind and accomplished brother!

He has a great shop (the table and miter saws are in another room) and he is very knowledgeable about wood and metalworking. While I was there we also went to visit his friend Robert Cooke, a wonderful artist with whom Sean has collaborated to make several sound sculptures out of aluminum cookware that are on display at Lane's End Farm, whose owner Daniel Mattrocce is a famous cook. Here's the kitchen at Lane's End:

The grounds there are amazing, with sculptures by Harry Gordon (one of which you can see at the far left in the following photograph) and Wendy Wilkinson, as well as Robert Cooke's work. The first image below shows a piece that suggests a cookstove, made with soapstone and the aluminum cookware.

These sound sculptures are sometimes played in performance by gamelon practitioners from New York City. Here Sean is demonstrating on a second piece that references a table:

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Cabinet Cards

I've got ten of the modified Cabinet Cards completed, and have mounted them as a group in the studio. You can also see, on the shelf below them, a new piece of an animal made from a scrub brush and paired with a standing figure from the Parade series.

Curious? The Cabinet is Complete

All done, except for the drawer, because I want to leave it flexible. I'm really pleased with this project and am planning to go to visit my brother, Sean McKinney, for a week after June 11 to get some intensive work with power tools and woodworking. I want to know how to do this on my own, and have lots of ideas for cabinets/cases that I want to be able to make. Stay tuned!

Here it is in my studio. You can see the plexi covering the openings for the birds and also the segmented case at the top.

And below, a photo of the case on top, minus the plexi:

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Australian Installation Published Online

The Tarpspace installation I did in Australia was so cool, and it's still up in Gidgegannup. The project organizers have just published images on their website, and you can have a look! I wrote about it on November 22 on ART ROLLS ON.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cabinet of Curiosities Almost Finished

Here are some images of the almost-completed Cabinet of Curiosities! I wanted to take some photos before I installed the plexiglass, which is hard to photograph because of the reflections. The buttons you see next to the openings are what will hold the plexiglass that will seal all the display spaces. Plexi will also go on top of the segmented shallow box on the top.

Here's a view that shows the piece from the other side, with the drawer open.

And a closeup of the drawer and top. I haven't completely committed to what will be displayed in the drawers. I'm thinking that I'll give whoever buys the piece a chance to collaborate on that. Right now it's got modified cabinet cards and tintypes.

I've written faux taxonomic descriptions of the three birds in the lower display boxes, all from the genus Avemlignea -- collosinuosae, osaexternis, and dulcefaciens (below).

And here's the bird it describes (image taken before it was inserted into the Cabinet):

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cabinet of Curiosities in Progress

I've been working on a Cabinet of Curiosities that I've re-purposed from the chest called Tool Box.

It's now a faux old oak cabinet with some of the birds from my Parade series, images from an reprinted old atlas of biological illustrations (given to me by Ellen Bresler), and will soon have a top with compartments to display curiosities (thanks to Trevor Tait, the shop teacher at Twinfield School).

These are some of the goodies that will be displayed in the top compartment, under plexiglass.


Hanging Disarmed in New Home

This piece found a new home this week, and here it is hanging in its new spot. It's so wonderful when a piece finds people who respond to it; it's like discovering a person who gets you and likes to hang out with you (hanging seems to be the theme here...).