Production Ramps Up for Spring Shows

The Spring Show schedule includes the Bayou City Art Fair at Houston Memorial Park, 4 events at  the Discovery Green Flea by Night, Houston Mid-Town Art in the Park,  and the King William Fair in San Antonio.

 Red Studio runs late in February

Red Studio runs late in February

You can call it production, I call it Zen or an almost spiritual meditation to make, individually by hand, 150 crystal mobiles.  As an exercise it focuses the mind to creating something new.  

 Moon Lander Mobiles made in the past 4 days

Moon Lander Mobiles made in the past 4 days

As an artist, I have a choice of whether to make one grand statement, or shall I invite hundreds or even thousands of people into one grand conversation.  That conversation remains, persistently,  what makes a world of joy and wonder?  Do we stand  for that, or for something else?  These mobiles in the $20-$40 price range are accessible, widely, as intended.

 Flame in polished bronze with a flame painted background $60.

Flame in polished bronze with a flame painted background $60.

Part of the process in the Winter, beside studio upgrades and study, is the go through the collection of previously made components and bring them up to a higher level. As Picasso observed, no piece is completed until it's purchased.  Art is a way of speaking.  It's a conversation.

 Eighteen inches across, this moon lander sports elements the size of a tennis ball.

Eighteen inches across, this moon lander sports elements the size of a tennis ball.

As the production of smaller pieces nears completion I continue to make larger pieces.  As the larger pieces are completed, the more adventurous designs begin to emerge.  While not pictured in this discussion, the larger and more singular pieces always move along and reveal themselves in the days preceeding such events as  the Bayou City Arts Fair and King William Fair.

 The BACK of the sea shell is pounded into the back of the bracelet

The BACK of the sea shell is pounded into the back of the bracelet

I picked up a scallop shell off the beach in Corpus Christi, in the morning before a show.   I have been studying this shell for several years through the chasing and repousse process in metal.  I have trace the outline of the shell to chisel into bronze, silver or copper.    This time I have taken a photograph of the back of the shell, and extruded the outline using photoshop, an application originally invented for artists.  Using the hyper real photographic extrusion I  discovered huge irregularity in the form of the shell.     The production mobiles are a lot like seashells.  There are a lot of them.  To the eye, they all look the same.  Only by a very close inspection can we detect that each one is a unique individual.  They may be a bit like human beings, only as with the sea shell imaged in the picture above, in reverse.   We are in their midsts, and up close we detect the differences and detail.  While up in our moon lander, there are only a few models, and they are so similar, they would look about the same.