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Gamma Burst

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Gamma Burst was the title we gave to a group show that happened at the Fuller Galleries in December of 2016. In addition to myself, the crew consisted of Cameron Buckley, Mat Whiteley and Mark Sniadecki from the Digital Art department, Adam Prumm from Graphic Design, and Zach Mellman-Carsey, my fellow Metals artist. The show was a tremendous success. Hundreds of feet of silver mylar on the walls, custom games on multiple screens, animated projections, an imported Japanese pachinko machine, color-changing LED lights, sound collages playing from hidden speakers, and a warp core that was hooked up to a disco fog machine. My contribution consisted of an interactive virtual environment – Zen Space Station – displayed on a 70 inch monitor, as well as hanging nearly every piece of mylar over four days. The show overall was a deeply immersive experience and a total transformation of the space. Every member of the team worked super hard to pull this off, and I’m incredibly proud to have been so deeply involved in such a fun show.

Reliquary for Dead Tech

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A reliquary for dead technology. Produced as part of my final project for the Body Adornment class in the folklore department. My research was based on christian relics from the earliest days of the church through their modern incarnations. This is a loose interpretation of one of the main styles, with a bit of a Byzantine edge. Nugold, copper, camera lens and a processor that I tore out of one of my old computers.
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Time’s Arrow

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One of my last metals projects for the Fall semester of 2014.  Time’s Arrow. It’s a bangle bracelet, so it’s a slip-on with no catch. Fully hinged and articulated using a bike-chain style of linkage. Copper with brass hinge elements. Yes, those tips are sharp! I need to go back and buff the surface out a little more before I can consider it finished.
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Some production

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As part of the metals club at IU, I produce some simple pieces for sale in order to fund club activities. This was a set of saucers I made last month. Acid-etched copper. Two are still available in the Friends of Art bookstore! Go get ’em!  
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To The Point

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Recently received word that my piece Haunted will be among the works published. I’m thrilled. I am quite proud of this particular pin catch and it’s wonderful to think that it will appear in a showcase of intelligent mechanisms.  
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Concrete Garden Stones

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After patching the crack in the sidewalk, I thought I’d use the extra concrete to make some cheap stepping stones. Used disposable plastic bowls as molds. Mom had the bright idea of throwing in some random objects to dress them up. Costume jewelry, pieces of glass. They turned out pretty well! Total cost, ten bucks and change for concrete. The other stuff we already had lying around. No, we did NOT see this on pinterest. Ha.

Intro BW Photography – Group 3: Metals

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“There isn’t a photograph in the world that has any narrative ability; any of them. They do not tell stories; they show you what something looks like… to a camera.”  – Garry Winogrand

My work looks nothing like Mr Winogrand’s, but I like his philosophy. My favorite work in this class focused on pattern, texture, and shape. No story, no narrative. Just the interplay of light and shadow. 

Intro Printmaking – the Witz

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“The modern Maya use the word witz to mean a “mountain.” The same word was used by the ancient Maya for “pyramid.” The temple that normally surmounted a pyramid-mountain was thought to be the place of the gods. Such homes for the gods were replicated in temple architecture and incorporated into rituals in virtually all Maya cities. Because the mountains were considered living entities, the Maya represented mountains as zoomorphic creatures with eyes, muzzles, mouths, and ear ornaments.” from Lynn Foster’s Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World

Photo is Stela D from  the Copan ruins in Honduras. One of my favorites. Link to original photo, satellite data and other neat stuff by Stephanie Parker.

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