The household has finally settled back into a normal routine. We had a nephew, on leave from the army, visit for 5 days. It’s always nice to see him because it gets Dave out on new adventures. This visit involved two days of fishing. I stayed home with barking dogs. In addition to the nephew, the roofers were scheduled work. One day to remove the old, one day to repair and replace everything. They were done by 2:30 yesterday afternoon. Both dogs were not impressed by the work and voiced their opinion quite heartily. They will have two more opportunities to bark at the gutter guys and the heating system replacement on the 28th. We sure know how to have fun around here! Hardly any work has been accomplished towards completing the art project until today.
I started unloading the boxes of sign panels. The company sent compatible material from two different manufacturers. I’ll use the Compbond (above photo) for the botanical silhouette squares and the E Panels for the longer strips. The aluminum/plastic panels cut like butter on the table saw! What a joy to slide the 2′ x 4′ panels through with a clean cut. The squares are now waiting for the design transfer. So, how will the designs be transferred? I’ll be traipsing down to one of the copy centers to get the drawings enlarged to fill a 18″square. There will be a 3″ solid border around the work. Four images are now scanned, altered, and adjusted to the proper size. Hopefully this will work! I still have a few more days before the scroll saw blades arrive.
More fun to come!
This is the chronicles of my current public art journey for the city of Halsey, OR. The project is through The Arts Center of Corvallis and their Art in Rural Communities program. The piece titled “From the Land” will be hung in mid September 2016.
A large magnifier with light is one of the essential tools I’ve acquired from my father’s studio. It’s attached to the drafting table he used for many many years. This is the same set-up I currently use in my space. It’s nice to have a piece of his history under my hands and eyes daily. The magnifier greatly aids my ability to cut out the super skinny areas on all of my paper work. The below grass composition wouldn’t have been possible without it.
The last grass design is completed and I’m feeling pretty good about it (interior cut size is 7″x 7″). It’s still very different from the previous designs, lacking the interior complexity, but certainly making up for it with great negative space. This more closely resembles my earlier work with botanical silhouettes. I knew both grass compositions would be quite different from the previous plant designs unless I pushed into a serious micro view. To tell you the truth, my eyes are tired and I just don’t want to spend hours working with the scope.
Do I keep the two different phases of grass development or just choose one? Anyone have preferences or suggestions, let me know (I’ll still go with my gut feeling, but it’s fun to know what others like/dislike). Below is the early seed development, above is the late seed development stage. In the final work, all squares will have uniform margins and interior size.
Now it’s time to dive back into finalizing all the previous squares and getting them ready for enlargement!
The above project is an ongoing development process for a public art work titled From the Land. It will take residence in the city of Halsey, OR in September. The project was made possible by The Arts Center of Corvallis and their Art in Rural Communities program.
Progress: The above photo shows the preliminary layout of current squares. I’m trying to keep a circular flow through both sides of the design. I’ll audition (swapping) the wheat and Hazelnut images to balance things a bit more. The right half is feeling heavy. I also used the image of the first grainery building, rather than the more complex one.
Wednesday morning I actually felt pretty good. Good enough to head outside for some yard work, a first in many weeks.Summer brings beautiful seed heads on the grasses (many of which I chopped down). The next design for the public art work is perennial rye grass which is currently producing seed in my yard. The Halsey area is the largest grass seed growers in the world.
Above is the first attempt at grass. Next will be an even more close-up examination.
So glad I have my mom’s scope!
More to come!
Slowly the central long panel is coming into form. I started with a super basic line cut. Then I moved into something more complicated and connected to the community.
It’s still underway and not yet finished. Below is the piece to connect to the paper mill in town. I spent some time on their website and learned the materials used are waste chips and sawdust from mills processing Douglas Fir trees. The ring cut is based on a conifer tree.
Grass seed and one more mystery square left to design. So close to getting the center section complete!
The big news is that the committee has approved my current design. This news is huge and means I won’t have to go back to the drawing table and start over. Hurrah! More work to come!
This is all part of the Art in Rural Communities project through The Arts Center of Corvallis, OR. Two artists were selected for an exterior wall project, one being myself. I’m chronicling my artistic journey through the full piece.
The weekend was on the calm side. The weather was stormy and cool, perfect for making soup and enjoying a few movies. Sunday, I managed to prod the mighty blackberry picker to go check his crop (which happens to be HUGE this year!). He thought they wouldn’t be ripe yet. Ha! After picking about 2 gallons, he was done for the day. Give it another 2-3 days and we’ll have that much more to pick again. We froze them on sheet trays then put them through a food vacuum system to help keep freezer burn from getting at them before a cider weekend. Organic backyard grown blackberries…. so tasty!
Design work took a break this weekend because my brain was tired. Instead, I created extra support for cutting the 2ft x 2ft squares. Legs are still needing to be attached , but the piece is sanded and otherwise done for now. It will be nice not to worry about the work getting overly stressed by hanging off the metal platform as it’s being cut.
We had our favorite neighbor over to check out the paper-cuts thus far. The newest one, still in development, is situated in the upper right corner and will become an apple leaf/branch/fruit design. I also spent a little time on the pulp mill site for Halsey to find out that Douglas Fir is their main chip/pulp material. This means I could end up doing either a tree ring piece or some nice fir cones. The tree rings will most likely win.
Hopefully I’ll be finishing off the remaining square designs this week and start manufacturing the following. The large panel center design has been chosen(the Cross Bros. Seed & Grain building), but I still need to figure out all the connecting bits to hold everything in place. The two outer panels have yet to be designed but the subject is known.
Time for a bit of dinner and more relaxing. Monday will be here soon enough!
This was probably the quickest hand-cut paper piece I’ve done so far. I’ll probably alter the arrangement a tad more, to keep better connection to the sides. Clover is quite an abundant crop in the Halsey area due to the local honey producers. Back in 2014, when I created the camas project, I made sure to use local beeswax from an apiary that keeps hives in that area. Clover, radish, and meadow foam are popular bee/honey crops here in the Willamette Valley.
The above work will become part of a public art piece in Halsey, Oregon as part of The Arts Center of Corvallis Art in Rural Communities program. There will be 13 metal panels focusing on agriculture in the Halsey area.
I’m a tad tired today and not feeling very productive. Tomorrow is the first scheduled deadline for the project: The plan for the art installation in the specific space and short description for the community and property owner. Hopefully the above diagram will provide enough general information for all parties involved. I’ll spend the rest of the afternoon working on a short description.
So far my work all focuses on plant life. I’ve been considering doing buildings and other architectural landmarks, but it just doesn’t feel right. The quilt-ish feeling of the work leans towards the Amish/Mennonite history of the area. Agriculture and the paper mill are the dominate jobs in the area. I really want to keep the three long panels as a triptych of the landscape to the west. The small center squares will show hands that are grasping or shaking (as in friendship,community, or unity). It feels like it’s coming together. Hopefully others will like the concept!
More cut paper to come. Designs to come: grass, apples/pears (home gardens), cut trees, clover?, and a couple more!