April 5th, 2010

A Walk Around Altility

When I’m not working on my own artwork, my time is often filled working for or collaborating with other local artists on a variety of projects. The following post highlights various works in progress currently underway at Altility Art Studio.

Rob-Carving-StoneIn this picture Rob Werzer methodically carves a Native AmericanSalmon Gill’ basket pattern into a large basalt column standing in the center of my shop.  This sculpture has been commissioned by the town of Cannon Beach, OR as part of their Sculpture Without Walls exhibition and is a collaboration between Lillian Pitt and myself.  Rob generously volunteered his time to skillfully carve on the stone.  Standing over 7ft tall, this piece joins columnar basalt, carved designs, polished stone elements and an interlocking spiral of forged steel salmon shapes that both ascend and descend the column.

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Firing-Glass-Kiln

Here the glass kiln has been briefly opened to cool the glowing hot glass from 1500 degrees to 900 degrees before proceeding with its ‘annealing cycle’ of cooling to room temperature over the next 6 days. These 3 molds hold 8 different figurative sculptures of Lillian Pitt’s. The shapes are originally sculpted from clay. I then make molds of the clay and load them with billets of cold glass which are subsequently melted and slowly cooled in the kiln.

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Zach-Forging

Zacharey Capetillo begins forming steel for a new series of bases for Lillian’s glass castings.  Zach has been an invaluable craftsman resource for the studio since its inception in 2005, as well as a close friend and creative comrade.  Here he experiments with creating a spiral by hitting only one side of the steel.  The side being squished by the hammer lengthens and curves the steel bar.   Zach also has a business here in Portland engraving, beveling and carving glass for local artists.

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Pitt-Sculptures

Here is an example of a few finished sculptures.  Working with Lillian on projects like this has always been a terrific opportunity to transform what might be just a fabrication job into an exciting collaboration.  Working with other artists  in the creation of their work is always a very unique and creative endeavor.

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Monitor-Frames Here is a fabrication project for local animation artist Jim Blashfield.  As opposed to a more sculptural approach, this project requires a high level of  precision to be successful.  These frames will be painted and inset into a wall with computer monitors mounted behind them.  Set in a row, the five images will make one slowly evolving animated work of art.

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