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Old 12-05-2010, 09:54 PM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Good to hear it. I dig these.
Are you planning on increasing the scale after this series?
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:08 PM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Yes I am, but I'll have to find a source for some beefier chunks of stock to grow the whole thing proportionately. The point is to be "carving" more than fabricating...thats how the look is achieved. After 8 of these 1/3 life piece I'll go to 1/2...and see what happens.
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Old 12-12-2010, 01:12 AM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Hi evald,
I have been thinking about your quest to get hold of 'big chunks ' of steel to play with. I may have a good lead for you to follow up. I work building roads & we use rollers. The old ones are weighted by large 1ftx1ft (plus) X 4 ft.( plus) slabs of steel. When these items are decomissioned by local councils / construction contractors they go at auction 'for a song' . I have seen rollers sell for a fraction of their current scrap value. I suggest you computer search s for these items as they would be common and availible. There are many online 'earthmoving /industrial auction sites. Your drama is cutting them up or lifting the slabs to get them home. Thats why dey R so cheeep. Many of the newer euro rollers come with very large belly weights that are HUGE slabs of crap steel. I hope this may help you in your 'carving' phase/ period.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:40 PM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

A recent foray into this process. Dying Gaul, of course. 16 x 28 x 10
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:13 AM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

I got to see these figures in person at the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton MA.

They are definitely worth seeing in person.

Very expressive details.

Bravo!
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:35 AM
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Thanks Oddist. You should have introduced yourself. I was there all weekend, blathering lavishly (might have missed you if I was off for a quick beer...it WAS a bit sweltering). And Zag debuted too. As soon as I revive this recently crashed computer there will be pics.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:37 AM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Yet another, "Offering", 36" high
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:21 AM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

I know it's tough to photo sculpture so people can get a good feel for the piece.

Post some close-ups of the details like faces and hands.

A lot of expression in there.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:54 AM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

love the new piece, energetic and the texture seems to add to the movement. any hot stuff land on your skin lately?
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Old 06-08-2011, 11:45 AM
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Yes RW, more scarred than usual because of this process. But its good for grossing-out the kids at dinner, a particularly gruesome burn on the forearm will shock em good everytime.

But what hurts worse is the price of ace gas these days. I been making more than the usual amount of trips over to the money tree for these things. So it goes. No pain, no gain.
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:32 AM
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Price of gas?

I know propane is used some places for cutting.

http://www.cousesteel.com/AndysPlace...Acetylene.html

May be cheaper.

Worth a look.
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:50 PM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Oh yes, I'm looking into alternatives. Of course then there will be a need for all new regs and torches as well - and that can be painfully pricey in the short-term.
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Old 12-26-2011, 10:19 AM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

"Plunge",33" high,
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:47 PM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

I had these shot at my latest show by my friend who is a commercial photographer. Traded him some art for the job. Worked out great. Check it.

http://lennphotography.smugmug.com/P...1290&k=vd3ZkgR
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:17 PM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

photos are so clear and in focus I could really get lost in the texture, I love the way you are working this metal, The faces are so pared down and expressive, just love looking at them. waiting on a big one!
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:43 PM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Thanks RW, means alot coming from you. Yeah, the big one. While I have fabricated many life-and-a-half-sized figures, THIS process is another thing alyogether. I do have one in progress - a larger than life sized figure - But my method of gaining solid mass requires the "bulking up" of smallish chunks (rather than the huge billets and plates that you use...I simply cant get my hands on material like that). So that one is painfully slow in coming.
But yes, the texture is a very satisfying incident of the process, and gesture ALWAYS presides over proportion, anatomy and the "representational". I hope to have the big one done for a show in May. These things are so different than my abstractions (which of course are undertaken concurrently). Yet they are also much the same.

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Old 02-03-2012, 10:10 AM
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I do see that these small pieces are very much related and a step from your bigger figurative constructions. I like the Jackson pollock, where is your upcoming show?

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Old 02-03-2012, 05:16 PM
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Northampton MA, in May. I'll be one of many at that one.
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Hey Matt, I missed this whole series. I love this stuff. The pro photos really help to show these. Good to mix it up. Keeps the hands and eyes sharp.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:27 PM
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Yes sub...and the backlash from doing over 25 of these little ones is that I am now embroiled in 4 large-scale abstractions. All at once. Time to use the eyes and hands for vastly other things. 2012 will yield many new behemoths that are sure to torture me and my truck for years to come.
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:51 AM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

I see the metal moving. I see the figure in movement, like a 1/2 sec exposure with an analog camera.
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Just sold this one "Sysiphus" and "the Plunge" (pictured above).

Involving the natural stone in the composition has opened up some new ideas for these figurations.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:58 PM
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Crevasse, 33 x 25 x 25,
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:06 PM
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Nice series, congrats with the sales !
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