Saturday, December 7, 2013

Decisions for Jingdezhen

With the table loaded with giant rats and hawks I had a hard time deciding what to bring to China for the residency at the Pottery Workshop. The Rat 3-d print made the cut, the mold was made in one day, and is drying on top of a public kiln. Hopefully we will get to casting in the next couple of days. Though there is plenty to do here in Jingdezhen, I am also eager to get back to the hawk, maybe one of my most complicated projects yet.

Space Odyssey

New phone packaging is making for perfect futuristic coffins for my bird collections.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Striker part II

I am so excited to finalize the scanning of the taxidermy Coopers Hawk, this one has been quite an adventure. It will be off to the 3-d printer soon. I think it will be a fine compliment to Katie's hand cut paper wall work showing scenes of small birds frolicking among beautiful foliage, but the Coopers Hawk is a fierce and unforgiving predator .

I recently spent a week in New York visiting some of my favorite spots and doing some research, here is the hawk case at the American Museum of Natural History.

This was a new display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, its all birds modeled by Kandler for Meissen around 1740.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rat Race

Someone call the Piper. The rat and I go way back and I want to use this guy for some of the more architectural themed projects that are coming up for Future Retrieval. We foresee this 3-d scan of the freeze dried rat printed out about the size of a Gremlin, maybe..

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Living Room at the Contemporary Arts Center

This is a collaborative exhibition we have up at the Contemporary Arts Center. The show runs through September 2 here are some links to what people have been saying.   City Beat , ArtForum  ,ArtHopper,

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

From the Sketchbook

                                             Everything begins with drawing, and this presents up and coming projects for Katie and I. Visual references adress the architecture of Etienne-Louis Boullee the visionary pre- neo classical architect, the temple of love by Adolph Strauch who was the landscape architect for Spring Grove Cemetery, among many of the parks in Cincinnati, Arts and Crafts ceramic design, Dutch still life painting, and my own taxidermy projects as statue. This suggests idealistic society, abundance in trade, and a quest for immortality. We will be fleshing out this project through many means both 2-d and 3-d. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Striker the Accipiter

I have been talking about it for quite some time but finally the hawk project is underway. I will never be able to match my hero John James Audubon, but my pursuit is also a different one.
Among the worlds best flyers the Coopers Hawk is a swift, agile, and agressive hunter of other birds, typically killing by repetitively clenching down on its victim with its large sharp talons. These raptors will also prey on rodents and small mammals in the same fashion.
So dynamic in its hunting prowess "Strikers" often suffer injuries and even death by crashing into woodland obstacles during a chase, which may have been the untimely circumstance of the specimen here.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Honey Bear dont give a.....

Heres something we nerded out on. In order to 3-d print this 20+ inch bear from scan data it needed to be sliced up to fit within the powder printer. On the left each box indicates the build area I am restricted to with our machines. Once I received the finished part it was partially reassembled and molds were taken. Each of the lower sections requires about 4 gallons of casting slip to fill the mold, when all of the 7 parts are cast ( legs are separate too) it is fully reassembled and hand finished. In the center you can see the original little bear.

Saturday, April 13, 2013


I picked up this jumbo frozen feeder rat destined to become the meal for someones exotic python from  the neighborhood pet shop where they stock these frozen critters as pet food . My usual natural history source is supplying rats that are way too fat, so I decided to shop local. I also found a taxidermy studio in the area with a freeze drier that does custom work, they freeze dry wild game trophies and peoples cats and so forth. I will be building my own soon. I think I have too projects on my plate.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

earthly delight

Hot off the hydraulic press here is just a little sample of the fireplace mural we have been working on at Rookwod Pottery, these tiles are 12 inches each . Its a utopian vision gone wrong, a topsy turvy community where you must watch your back, while culture and heritage are also being thrown out to the dogs.

Utopian Collapse

Been carving this linoleum for a cuenca mural that will compliment the fire place that is in the works for the Contemporary Art Center , in Cincinnati,  and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, in New York this May. Its a project also involving Rookwood Pottery, Terrence Hammonds and Katie Parker. After RAM pressing these carved tiles into clay the lines will be raised allowing for glaze inlay, resulting in a nice crisp breaking line that contains the color of the melted glaze. Think of the Peaceable Kingdom if things went berzerk.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Volenin studies

Here are some practice shots for some photogrammetry tests. I love this analog stop motion animation, but eventually this information will be stitched together into a 3-d model. Here is a Vole and Lenin, a subterranean rodent followed by the soviet revolutionary. I am still looking for a way to refine the digital processing of fur.

Red Star Studios/ Belger Art Center - the end my friend, kind of

Thought I would post a a farewell to our show in Kansas City at Red Star Studios/Belger Art Center. It was great to be a part of our old scene after nearly a decade, and pleased that so much of the work found permanent homes. More images can be found here at Future Retrieval our collaborative blog , and at Katies site .  Thanks to Alecia Eler with  Hyperallergic , and Dana Self at Kansas City Star for these great reviews.