Arcs in Space – Space 1026

April 8, 2012

Concentric arcs drawn with a metal chain pulled taunt over varied wooden forms.

I used a chain because the links are good for counting and nothing is stretching. With the chain stuck to the corner of the room, I found where I wanted the first arc to start, and last arc to end, divided that by five, and traced where these distances met the wooden objects.

From the “Aber Dubois, Steven Riddle, & MOMO” show, October 7th – 28th, at Space 1026, Philadelphia.

I was curious to see how the measuring would distort as the chain bent around objects, instead of passing through them (as contour lines cut measurements of elevation through varied landscapes for topographic maps, for example). I was surprised to see that the arcs looked so legible “head on”. Each form’s white area is a continuing colored arc from its neighbor, see how they connect? From other viewpoints the 2-D idea of the arcs shatters into a 3-D space like you might expect.

Thanks to everyone for the help, most especially Alex Lukas and Aimée Toledano.

With Piet Dieleman

March 11, 2012

Two artists agree to go over each others work for a week. Instead of a finished mural, the public sees an event.

Painted during the week of the independent culture festival Incubate, Tilburg Holland 2011.

It was amazing to work with Piet and see the sorts of decisions he was making with the paint and sprayer, things I would never think to do. And it was great talking with him. Hearing about the first punk scene in Rotterdam, his conception of concrete painting’s ethos, and time’s strange effects on these. Here’s three images of his work below. See more here

We managed four changes in a week, two each. Piet went first.

Besides Piet, its was also a thrill to fly under Incubate’s banner with Bill Drummond (KLF), and Steve Ignorant (Crass) as speakers, and Koen Delaere making workshops and whatspace art parties. I saw The Fall play, and either broke my rib moshing there, or to the Dutch Carnival music later, I’m not sure.

Eltono Confetti

March 5, 2012

Eltono gave me a killer “Confetti” print, and my girlfriend had my studio mate frame it.

Incubate Shirt

March 3, 2012

Wow – I’m back. Now to catch up on some web documentation, the next bunch of posts will be all out of order.

This great t-shirt was made possible by the folks at Incubate.

They’re not for sale, I just think they look nice.

Basel Belly

December 2, 2011

The Underbelly show opens in Miami tonight, at 78 NW 25th Street in Wynwood.  I sent these paintings on canvas to be stretched on location, and judging by the photos I’m seeing, they look perfect.

Thanks to Ian Cox for the photo


October 29, 2011

Like famine, means hunger in Italian.

A robusto experience this year; sleeping outside, showering with cold water, painting walls 12 hours a day.  It was like a survival program to get kids off drugs, but with perfect food and gelato. I painted two public walls and worked with three local artisans: a ceramist, a carpenter, and a print maker. See the work here, and a very nice post here.

And finally a sunny photo of the piece below, from last year. The whole point was to see the shadows on the tin roof run with the painted stripes.

Angelo’s made a great video!

Tiensestraat, Outomatic

October 22, 2011

Last July, Eltono invited me along on a non-permission project involving flags, for the Museum supported Outomatic festival in Leuven Belgium.

The festival’s organizer Hans explained that Leuven has many unused civic flag pole brackets on city streets that hadn’t seen use in ages. Eltono immediately thought of the flag inspired work we’d done in 2008 for PLAF

The best part of this for me was the system we came up with to generate numerous related, but unique designs. It was a large puzzle of thick cardboard with alternating parts that acted as a stencil as parts were removed.

It was also funny that we tried to determine which street in Leuven was the dreariest, most devoid of color, so our intervention might have contrast. We choose Tiensestraat.

Thanks to Hans Geyens for putting this all together

Miami Paintings 2011

October 5, 2011

I began this series at the Fountainhead Residency in Miami in January, and finished it five months later in a studio in New Orleans.

It’s serial like the MOMO Maker work, exploring vocabulary in combination, but every element is hand painted, so there is some room for play between the concept’s rules.

A computer script helped to preview all combinations. Custom acetate guides registered the forms consistently for shape and placement in pencil. Then each was rendered in watercolor and acrylic. Paper Monster will have these works-on-paper for sale starting October 5th.

I’m getting a color zine together, for my “shop” this fall.

Thanks to everyone who made these possible – Kathryn, Dan, Skai, Galt – Thanks too to John, Dennis, and Alex

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