First Actual Day at the Nave

Drawing, Random Processes, Residency

At long last, I got over to the Nave on Powderhouse Blvd for some art time. Everything’s preliminary, everything’s laying groundwork, and everything’s feeling out directions. One of the things that happened was process-oriented data collection.

I created random 6×6 grids with six-level grayscale dice:

PixelDiceShot

The Bare Beginnings: The Nave Residency Starts

Residency

Tonight I went over to the Nave Gallery on Powderhouse Blvd near Teele Square in Somerville to drop off some supplies for my new residency. Here’s a quick pic of the results:

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They look a little lost and forlorn, but never fear, great things will emerge. Among the contents are various sizes of wooden cubes, from 1/4″ to 6″; carbon-atom construction bits, and two colors of bead chain.

Preview of Tile Rivers

Graphic Geography

December has been light in the blog, mostly because I’ve been really busy with other stuff, but I’ve been scraping away at some concepts that hadn’t really been active for a while. One such is building pixellated models of river basins out of wooden cubes, which, with all the other cube stuff going on, kinda put itself forward recently. Here’s a quick preview of what’s in the works:

FiveTiledRiversVert

More Cube Pixel Prints: Four of Four

Printmaking

Before and after class at the Bow & Arrow on Saturday I started messing around with my cubes of wood again. This time I started playing with four groups of four blocks, set roughly in lines, and used some graphite ink I’d mixed earlier in the month. I’m really pleased with the silvery color of the graphite mixture, it’s very handsome and layers quite nicely. Some of the earlier runs were too simple, so I added a color progression starting with PANTONE Yellow and adding a rusty red mixture one of my regulars had whipped up for a recent project. The results were interesting:

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Four of Four: Graphite Graphite Yellow Orange

 

Four-of-Four-GYOR

Four of Four: Graphite Yellow Orange Red

 

Four-of-Four-Multigraphite

Four of Four: Multigraphite

Earlier Cube Printing, Finally Posted

Printmaking

While posting about the Random Grid prints I realized I’d neglected to actually post about the first round of grid prints, done with the smaller cubes I’d had lying around from a project from several years back. So! This one, “Pixel Gradient”, was the very first one I ran, a proof-of-concept using a blue-to-purple split fountain at the Bow & Arrow:

Pixel-Gradient

The second one, which used the same grid as “Pixel Gradient” but split into four parts and run with four different fountains, is called “Organic Grid”:

Organic-Grid

More should follow soon!