In the studio: Shredded Clif Bar Wrapper Triptych
The Sound Catcher
The Keys Of Color
SOUND is an exploration into connections the discarded materials used in each piece have in common with the subject. Each subject was purposely selected to connect with the medium being used. Each medium/material was procured specifically for this exhibition.
This stand alone series pushed me and my work into new areas; time limitations, material challenges, rethinking how and what I was using, and the art itself. By the last piece completed in the series (the piece titled: Sound) the only virgin materials being used were for connectiion/adhesion, and surface prepping. The surfaces and subject materials were all used and/or discarded, and ideally plastic. Additionally, two of the pieces utilized reclaimed wood for framing..a precursor to the future of my work.
Originally I had planned for 8 pieces, but early on I knew that was not to be. Given the amount of time each piece needed to be produced (roughly), the count dropped to 6. I finished the last piece one week before the exhibition opened, right on time.
Five of the six pieces utilize used plastic banner material as a replacement for typical canvas, while one of the pieces uses used aluminum printing plates. Two of the six pieces have reclaimed wooden frames, five are custom built, and one is prefabricated. The materials used for the subjects change with each piece; trashed frozen pizza roll packaging, discarded children's festival brochures, used clear plastic cups, discarded record covers, used bottle caps, and discarded/never used plastic glue tubes.
All of the bottle caps, clear plastic cups, and discarded children's festival brochures came from the initial exhibition venue itself - the Cabaret Theater in Theater Square. The record covers came from Jerry's Records, plastic glue tubes from Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, and the frozen pizza roll packaging…from the trash at my moms house!
The virgin materials used in this series are as follows: Construction adhesive (empty tubes saved for future project), nails, screws, staples, acrylic medium/paint, wood glue, and virgin wood.