Sunday, July 31, 2011

Monument Show at Kaviar Gallery

Friday night was the opening for the "Visions of the Hereafter" monument show at Kaviar Gallery on Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. Without exception, all 8 artists, that were featured in the show, are some of the regions best sculptors. It is an incredible group of talent to have in one place at the same time.

Meg White created this sculpture entitled "Flight". We are discussing the strong possibility of having this piece cast in bronze soon.

Also by Meg, is a bird-feeding Angel. It is intended for bronze, even though this is a plaster cast of the sculpture.

This sculptural bench by Craig Kaviar is awesome! It's one of my favorite pieces in the show.

I also really love this maquette of St. Francis releasing Doves by David Kocka. I can envision this piece as a life-size monumental work.

This bronze eagle by Matt Weir would look great on the side of a large monument, with the wing spread over the family name.

Raymond Graf made this eccentric bronze urn. It will be perfect for holding the ashes of someone who had a different way of looking at things.

This life-size bronze is by David Lind. I believe that it is a self-portrait from an old photograph.

Guy Tedesco modeled and cast this life-size bust. He was the only one of the group who I had never met in person - but we remedied that Friday night. We liked him and intend to look him up in the not too distant future.

These are my pieces - the only stone works in the show.

The Courier Journal ran this article in the Friday's paper. It's always good to see my name in print.

While running errands before the opening, Meg snapped this image over at the Mellwood Arts Center. It could be an abstract painting - or something in the parking lot (take a guess).

Through the (livestock) Looking Glass. (photo Meg White)

We went to the Meade County Fair last night. (all photos on this post copyright Meg White)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Addition Nearly Complete and Molds for Meg

I've spent most of my time, during these last few weeks of record breaking temperatures,(in the air conditioning) making progress on the studio addition.

The last picture that I showed, was when they sprayed in the insulation. This is a picture shortly after that, as I had started hanging drywall.

This picture was taken today. The drywall is all hung, finished, and painted. The floor was laid and the trim put up. I'll definitely feel like celebrating when this project is finished. More than one friend has expressed an interest in spilling beer on my new floor.

This stain glass window has been in storage for 23 years, ever since I traded a fellow exhibitor for it at a St. James art fair. Finally, it has a home, in the bathroom of the new addition.

This week, we've been putting molds on 2 of Meg's sculptures that will be exhibited in a monument show at Kaviar Gallery (the opening is next Friday night). After brushing on 2 layers of Polygel 40, we make the part lines for the mold. Steve McMillen is cutting and taping plastic bubble shims that we buy from Sculpture Depot of Loveland, Colorado.

We use pins to hold the shims in place temporarily.

We mix Polyfill into a batch of Polygel 40 until it has the consistency of cake icing. We cut a corner of a plastic bag and squeeze a bead of the mix to hold the shims permanently in place. I smooth the bead out with a plastic knife.

While we're in the mood of mixing polyfill into Polygel 40, we knife the mix into major undercuts, like under the angel's left elbow. This will allow the mother mold to pull free, later on.

Then, we apply more coats of rubber until everything has about 6 coats.

The next day, we applied a plaster mother mold.

We haven't been going outdoors much, with heat indexes above 100 degrees. But, Meg snapped this shot of a barge that passed close, when we went out beside the Ohio River.

Another foray out, was a visit to Tom Tobin's cabin on Rough River Lake. This is the view from the cabin. He has this property up for sale, so contact him if this appeals to you.

...and closing this post with one of Meg's macro-explorations. These beautiful bubbles are chicken fat. Leave it to Meg to find the Awesome in the Mundane. (all photos on this post copyright Meg White)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Swan finds home, and Meg's Terre Haute Dedication

Tuesday, we delivered my Brazilian Marble Swan to the Home of Tom and Trish Henrion.

Something old - something new. Behind their home, there is an eclectic collection of contemporary art in the sculpture garden that is in front of a log cabin that dates back to 1830.

Inside the log cabin, are great examples of well-crafted furnishings, including two Walnut tables made by Tom Henrion, himself, from wood that came off his property.

The spiral staircase is too cool!

This is Tom. He's showing us a bench, on the back porch, that he made from rustic pieces of wood that he gathered near his creek.

The Swan is temporarily residing on a patio table. After a base is procured, it will take its place in the sculpture garden.

Thursday, we made the four hour drive to Terre haute for Meg's sculpture dedication at the Hux Cancer Center.

Meg gave her speech, along with several other dignitaries.

The sculpture was unveiled.

At the end of the night we enjoyed some "Spoils of War" (monogramed cupcakes) in the complimentary hotel room provided by Artspaces, the directing agency for the project. We had an excellent dinner with a great group of people at an Indian restaurant after the unveiling. Terre Haute has good memories for us.

Before we left town the next morning, we checked out the new Max Erhmann sculpture. This is one of the several bronze plaques, set into the brick pavers, that commemorate some of the poet's words.