New Inflatable Works

Month: August, 2014

My Erupture

Erupture: My microscopic Life-cycle.

An inflatable installation for the Arvada Center’s Unbound.  

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The surreal landscape pulses with struggle:  my erupture is bursting, spilling, vomiting, and disintegrating.  Debris is scattered across the landscape: spilled from split and bursting forms, but the process and the purpose is unclear. 

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The forms are inspired by microscopic images of nature.  A variety of enlarged parasitic fungus and other plant life are present.  These fungus must harm other plants to survive, bursting open to release their spores.  This seemingly violent action is a necessary part of their life-cycle.

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The arrangement recalls dioramas from natural history museums, with large groupings of forms stretching along the edges of the gallery.

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Erupture: On the inside

The environment reveals an unexpected intimacy, exposing it’s interior through transparent portals.  This delicate space feels calmer, more comforting, yet disorienting.  This space reveals the artists’ hand, the delicate seams and air channels in view.  There is a shared vulnerability between the artist, the viewer and the landscape.

From the outside looking in.

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From the inside.

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All images from the installation Erupture: My microscopic Life-cycle, created for the Arvada Center’s show Unbound.

Burns Park Celebration

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I made these cardboard sculptures as part of a one day sculpture celebration at Burns Park in Denver CO.

The inflatable bacteria snake in and out of the cardboard structure bursting through and tearing it down as it goes.

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“Burns Park fills the triangle of hillside defined by Colorado Boulevard to the west, Alameda Avenue to the south and Leetsdale Drive, which runs diagonally from northwest to southeast. The park is notable for being home to a suite of mostly minimalist sculptures, some of which have been on the site since 1968. This Saturday, August 9, there will be a festival at Burns Park called Experience 1968, which is free and open to the public. In addition to celebrating the existing pieces, the event features six artists –Trine Bumiller, Claudia Mastrobuono, Nicole Banowetz, Matt Scobey, Nikki Pike and Tara Rynders – -who will be creating temporary works, performances and music in honor of Burns Park and what’s happened there in the intervening years.”

Michael Paglia from the Westword article Five things you Didn’t know about Burns Park.

http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2014/08/five_things_you_didnt_know_about_denvers_burns_park.php

Some of the original work in Burns Park

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Each of the artists invited to Celebrate 1968 were provided with cardboard to create a temporary artwork in the park.

In 1968 the artists all created temporary work using plywood.

 

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