Sunday, November 4, 2012

Big Trouble

Couple more images of Mao that I made in China. The image on the left " the mastermind" is one of the favorite things I have made in a while, the masked monkey is complete with prison tats, unkept toe nails, and of course some vegetation to cover his nakedness.
On the right is an unglazed Mutation so you can see the form without the metallic coating shown on the previous post below.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mutation and PVD

As the story is told in China,their method of Physical vapor deposition was invented by the Soviet Union in the 1960's during nuclear research. There are other industrial uses for this thin film metal coating including plating metal cutting tools and electrical conductivity. It seemed appropriate to make this mutated, PVD, porcelain Mao while saturating myself in the history and rhythms of the sculpture factory.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Hold em, Mao

This sculpture was a collaboration with a local Jingdezhen artisan who I found had exceptional skill with overglaze painting. Mao is finished with representations of the four elements including a fire breathing dragon in his shirt! It was an interesting experiment working with a traditional painter who responded to my twist on image originating from the Chinese Cultural Revolution.   Mao's mask came from a CT scan/3-d print that I brought to China of the Texas state reptile, ( ironically people saw it as a dragon) the Texas Horned Toad, we call a Horny Toad in Oklahoma. One of the first things I noticed in the sculpture factory, besides the propaganda sculpture,  was the abundance of playing cards used for games and as tools, such as shims for balancing giant porcelain sculptures that were carried on hand carts, as well as gambling during lunch break. The cards that play a role in everyday life and lay scattered in the streets. This sculpture raises more questions than answers for me in regards to understanding Jingdezhen, but depicts my initial response to the current culture revolving around the Pottery Workshop and the factories in the area.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Chairman

Spent the last month in Jingdezhen, China as resident artist at The Pottery Workshop. The resources in the within sculpture factory of course led me to Mao, among others, as material for some sculpture. Here he is unfinished, masked as a Texas Horned Toad, and playing a blank card.  There some other variations along the way, and also be more projects posted with Future Retrieval.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

cut it out

I have been really thrilled about cutting and assembling color decals lately, arranging onto our forms small shape and color compositions. Though originally influenced by 1980's skateboard graphics including my old Tony Hawk , Psycho Stick, and Gonzales decks among others, I also can not help but relate to the diagonals of the painter Kandinsky's Bauhaus period, and many futurist works. In regards to this form I also have to give credit to the great Pushead.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Shelf Life

Inspired by skateboard graphics from the eighties,  I decided to decal up the skull for this years Small Favors show at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. I have been wanting to do one like this for a while now and I think this style will start showing up in some upcoming larger projects.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


I'm interested in subjecting the monkey to a variety of styles, genres, and periods, here is a version that may be used for one of Future Retrieval's upcoming shows. Where can punk rock meet Tiffany glass, a Dutch still life, Medieval tapestry, and who knows? Like the space monkey we are testing this little guy against a variety of extreme conditions.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


 Been spending some time in the "Magic room" where we are working on a DIY technology space at the University of Cincinnati to introduce and demystify digital imaging and fabrication to fine arts students. Here is a bit of 3-d laser scan data of the snarling bear head, it will soon be subject to a similar fate as Wolfie and the Beasts.