Shown installed at ThinkBox Contemporary, in Louisville, KY, 2015

Gallery Lighting

Shown installed at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI, 2013

FILAMENT

STEEL, BRASS, MDF, CAST PLASTIC, ACRYLIC PAINT, LIGHT

 

68.5” x 15” x 15.5”

2013 - 2017

 

RELEVANT EXCERPT FROM

"The Compendium of GeoDinic [Natural] History" :

IThis was the inside of a lightbulb; a really big lightbulb, like a streetlamp. This form is also connected more generally to the production of energy (note the geometric shapes surrounding the exterior; likely more man-made versions of the GeoPods, though successful in this case). It will come as no surprise that the people of this world wanted more energy the they had access to, and harvested the prime-age pods until they became quite difficult to find. It seems that the properties of the GeoPods change continuously as they age; while pre-Prime-aged pods are energetically useless, as they transition to Red they become far more energetically potent, far less stable and generally unpredictable. The reactions of older Pods to attempts at harnessing were strange and varied wildly. This variation is a mystery: it may be connected to their exact age, or the the specifics of each Pod in terms of the number/shape of the facets, or even the chemistry of the substrate in which they grew.

ABOUT THIS PIECE:


I’m very fond of this form, and have used it several times in 2D works I’ve made that are connected to GeoDin. This piece is solid steel and weighs about 35 pounds (16kg). I forged the central spike using a huge power-hammer, which was an awesome experience (so much POWER). The head is fabricated from two pieces of 1” thick steel plate, welded flat-to-flat. On the head, it was my original intention to inlay several differently-sized brass circles, but the effect of the stepped/pyramid drill-bits was so beautiful that I decided to leave them open. The cracks on all the pedestals are cut/carved/sanded by hand, with occasional additions to the surface to lift up certain areas; hopefully making them less flat and more convincing. The finest details of the cracks are “drawn” in using a sewing needle or pin.