the beginning of the collaboration

As Covid19 has turned my world upside down it has been challenging to begin this project. We, myself and the poets have had some meetings, some ZOOM meetings and exchanged some emails.

Our physical exhibit was moved from October to November at The Old CourtHouse Arts Center. Now, I can’t say that I am not grateful for the extra time, but it speaks to the uncertainty of our times and the need to be flexible and patient. We have been moved to another gallery, which gives us the opportunity to have more space. I have requested the small vault space. I have a vision of my art installation in that space. But, again uncertainty and patience to know if I will actually have that space.

Here are my beginning sketches exploring my ideas – how the art installation evolves – some ideas are rejected, revisited, expanded on and/or refined:

considering a wooden structure with hanging art on opaque and transparent panels with LED color changing light … this would be heavy, difficult to assemble on-sight … I will not go in buildings, so I need something simple and easy to install … but, I can employ some of the concepts …
considering animation/video TV within the structure …
sketching ideas
perhaps the structure could be smaller and made of PVC pipe … pre-assembled and a size easy to carry … triangles?
planning sketches
considering the possibility of triangle structure maybe with rectangles … multiple? …
connect structures with dowel rods … would probably have to be assembled on site ??? … integrate a circular wire element with a clear plastic rectangle with a painted figure on it …
considering single triangle structure with holes and lit interiorly …
exploring singular or multiple clear panels …
beginning to plan the figurative images
a more comprehensive view of the 3D shape with possible paintings on wall or TV video on the wall

So, I will proceed with my concept and build in alternative scenarios. Not unlike our social quarantine status this art project is fluid. Art installations by their nature need to adapt to the situation, the space and the time.

these are the PVC pipes, joiners and cutting tool that I will use for the 3D part of the project. Some of the joiners are waiting to be opened from my shipment to make sure they are free of Covid – today’s reality!
three canvases roughly 7 feet x 6 feet for the far wall and left and right wall of the vault … (if I get the vault) … (if not, perhaps one canvas will be in the exhibit)
painting the third canvas …
first layer complete

So I have begun:

  • conceptualized with sketches
  • gathered materials
  • cut canvases
  • painted the first layer of silver on the canvas

My next steps:

  • sketch a basic layout of the paintings
  • begin the second phase of painting the canvases
  • start building the structure

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