Earlier this week I ventured forth to Marfa, Texas, home of the Chinati Foundation and the Judd Foundation. I met with my gallerist at inde/jacobs gallery, checking out the new gallery space and dropping off some of the shipping container prints I did last year. It was a great time! The new gallery is lovely, and if you’re ever out in the wilds of West Texas, do think to drop by.
Here’s a gallery of images I took while there:
Finally had the time to go sign and number the small shipping container prints. This series is all 13″ x 6.25″, printed in black on Lettra 220# fluorescent white paper. There are 40 members in the edition, and I’m reserving numbers 1-13 as complete sets.
Click to embiggen on any one of these:
I liked the original three shipping container prints so much I had to do four more. There was a brief delay when I accidentally ordered plates from Boxcar at half the size of the original three, but that was quickly corrected and I got the proper size plates soon enough. The delay was fortuitous, because that allowed the PANTONE mixing guide I had ordered for the Bow & Arrow Press to arrive, and I was able to mix PANTONE 540 for the NYK container print. I also went ahead and ordered the original three in half-size, which means I will be able to do a 13″ x 5″ edition as well as the present 20″ x 9″ edition.
The editions are numbered to 27. I will be selling numbers 1-13 in sets of seven, and numbers 14-27 individually. I haven’t figured out a price yet, but will post that soon.
Here are the new prints, freshly numbered and signed:
Evergreen in PANTONE Green
Today was a busy time at the Bow & Arrow Press, where I was not only running a four-color broadside for a poetry reading at Emory University, but also running editions of my long-waiting shipping container project. I pulled three sets of prints for the series, and each will be signed in an edition of 27 when they’re dry:
Cosco in Warm Grey 7
It’s been a while, but I’m back in town and finally had a moment to post something. Just before I left I had an idea for a large-scale monumental construction based around world shipping and shipping containers. It would be modeled after the Neolithic henges of Britain and Europe, but using container ports and shipping containers as the guiding landmarks and marking stones for the piece. The center of the piece represents Somerville (or, really, any city in the world), and the directions of the 20 largest container ports in the world are marked along their Great Circle directions by containers from the largest international shipping companies. Will this ever be built? I’d love to see it, but I’m not gonna hold my breath.
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Cover blurb for the Containerhenge concept
Schematic layout of the Somerville Containerhenge, to scale.
Sorry it’s been light, I’ve been really busy. With an opening at the Boston Center for the Arts, for one thing. Here’s a pic of the opening-in-progress:
This is the show “Contained” curated by John Pyper, and it’s pretty awesome. I would go see it, it’s centrally located, it’s a nice gallery, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars around for afterward!
My piece is here, in a somewhat crappy image:
Standard Shipping Container and Panamax Vessel Cargo Capacity, to Scale
You can see the curator’s reflection in the plexiglas. The piece is 72″ x 8.5″ x 8″, and represents the volume available for cargo in a Panamax-class container vessel. The model container is there for size.
Here’s a really really crappy image of the container:
Maersk Sealand Shipping Container, railroad N-scale
Better images coming soon!