Thursday, March 24, 2011

NTUA Workshop Slip-Casting Notes

Yesterday, I taught a Mold-Making and Casting workshop at the National Taiwan University of the Arts (NTUA) in Banciao City, Taipei.  I compiled my notes to give to the students as reference and posted them here for interested parties, or for those students who didn't receive a copy yesterday.  It was a good day - thank you to all the students who attended, to the graduate students who were so helpful, and to Jia-Haur Liang (梁 家 豪 Ph.D., 工藝設計學系助理教授) for being such a gracious host!

For those of you interested in casting from body parts, here is the stuff you need:
This company is based in Pennsylvainia, USA.  I'm not sure about shipping or a supplier in Asia - you will need to research it.

For those of you wondering about how to make 3 or more part molds or large molds, here are some pictures of a large mold that I made.  It has a hole in the top for pouring, and one in the bottom for draining(There is a hole in the board underneath).  It takes an entire large bucket of slip, like the one you see under the mold to fill it for casting!!!  And, it takes 4 extra-large clamps to hold it together while it is being cast.  I don't have any images of actually making the mold, but if you would like some ideas/instruction, I'd be glad to help - just e-mail me!

Casting 101

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Solo Show Slideshow & New Statement

Hey there . . .

I revised my artist statement.  I am looking for some feedback.  Please comment, e-mail etc.  Thanks!

As generational distance occurs and as events become lessons in history books or ancestral stories, we become fascinated with the products of time, impregnating them with symbolic value. Markets of all kinds, Ebay, antique stores, night markets, and local garage sales, are all bursting with these nostalgic things that seem to confirm the past as real. This reassurance of a tangible past somehow lessens the anxiety of this virtual age, and provides for me common imagery open for uncommon interpretation.
My art making process is intuitive and analytical. I begin by searching for objects both familiar and foreign that pique feelings of angst. Through the processes of casting and assembling statuesque versions of these objects, I aim to create a personal, continuous narrative of twenty-first century life.
Evidence of production is present in my work through hallmarks such as casting lines and the repetition of falsely unique objects. The collage of these products addresses the cultural homogenization that runs counter to our human efforts to express individuality. Solely, I am the scavenger-consumer, designer of parts, production factory, assemblage plant, creator of a new wasteland, and anthropologist of our treasure-trash. My desire is to make some sense and non-sense of our contemporary world through observation, synthesis, production, and of course, humor. 

I also had my first Solo Show including work from my Summer 2010 Artist Residency at the Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.  Check out their website for information on the residency program!
Enjoy the slide show . . .