15 x 21. It took a while to engineer the framing and mounting of this series. Each piece weighs about 15-25lbs so attaching the smooth concrete back to something was a bit of a technical challenge. The end result however beautifully displays each concrete panel invisibly floating within its recessed boxed frame. ✨🔮
I started developing the Artifact Candle about a year and a half ago. It was my first experience working with silicon molding and the learning curve was very steep. From making the initial model, to pouring the mold, to then finding the perfect concrete mixture and casting process, every step posed huge challenges for me. There’s a small graveyard of dozens of broken concrete cylinders in my studio as I figured out and tried to perfect the process. Ultimately I was able to find the optimal materials to use and the right ratio of cement/sand/water to create the look and finish I was hoping for. It’s one of my favorite creations and the first of a series of utilitarian pieces in my work. It’s more affordable and available in much larger quantities than the big works on panels. After it’s life as a candle is over it serves as a beautiful adaptable sculptural piece. Put a plant in it 😉
Some snapshots from my first show in collaboration with my buddy @slowshiver at the loft last weekend. It was the first private preview of my new concrete series. The positive feedback was definitely beyond what I expected and I am very grateful to everyone that stopped by. Now back to work! I am interested in preparing this collection for a proper gallery show next. If anyone has any interest or connection in showing this series or work to come I’d love to hear from you!
One of the most interesting elements of working with concrete for me is that the texture and surface of concrete itself is as much a part of the piece as the paint on top of it. Panels in my new series range from super smooth, to rough in texture, to chipped, cracked, and rocky.
I’m doing a private preview show this Saturday with my good friend @slowshiver. I’ll be showing a new series of mostly complete works on concrete that I’ve been developing over the past year and a half. Valente will be doing a intimate live set of new music he’s been working on over the past year. If you want to come we’d love to have you. Please hit me up for the exact details and so I can add you to our rsvp list since it’s private. 🎨🎤
When I started working on the 2nd series of works on concrete a year and a half ago one of my main criteria was to experiment as much as possible. Experiment with different types of concrete mixtures, surface finishes, and painting styles from complex and layered, to ultra minimal. This is one of the first pieces I started working on from the series.
A few years ago I made a large sculptural light piece I call Deep Field. It’s one of my favorite works in recent years. I’ve had a number of people ask about it but I always felt like it was a prototype and I really like it so couldn’t part with it. Here comes Deep Field 2.0... #deepfield
For the past year and a half I’ve been working on developing a new series and technique of fine art. I made this piece a few years ago as a first exploration into using concrete as a primary medium. I have for a long time been fascinated with concrete as it is a material that transcends the natural and human worlds. At its root a mixture of stone, sand and water, foundational elements of the earth, it becomes an ancient material that frames the technical achievements of human civilization and human progress. This piece was one of three originals that I will be posting and then I am excited to finally begin sharing the next evolution of this series…
Roadtrip Day 13: Jackson Hole WY #tbt Just outside Jackson we got stopped on the road by some ranchers holding traffic. We were confused as to what was happening even as we saw this big dust cloud forming a quarter mile off one side of the road. Next thing we know, hundreds of horses are galloping down a dirt road towards us and crossing the highway. Really amazing sight. As we finally continued on the drive and the road opened up we look off the right into a huge pasture full of all these animals running around and grazing.