Friday, October 29, 2010

two by four

My first attempt at cutting a 2x4 at least 5 times and putting it back together, creating a system, with no fasteners.

Bending the wood using tension to hold the pieces together.

My Second rendition.  Here I cut the wood like in my first attempt and then cut the strips in half.  I was trying to change the scale of the piece and see what would happen.  I quickly found out that the decreased width made the wood more britle.

This is a top view.  Many of the wood pieces started snapping and at one point the entire system seemed to just pop or explode.  So I decided to take this cue and put the wood together using this idea.

Here is a close up of the exploded section.

Here you can see just how much I pushed the wood pieces.  Creating a rather dramatic curve or arc.  Tension is still the binding idea for the system.

My third Rendition.  I wanted to push the limits of the wood even more.  I started with the same width of wood as in my first rendition.  Then ripped the depth of the wood off of each side.  Creating two square pieces and one thin rectangle from each slat.  I started weaving them together in the same fashion as the previous two.  About half of the wood pieces were snapping in half.  So I started bending each piece and letting it snap where it wanted to and decided to put all that together.

Here is a close up of a tension fitting.  Since the wood pieces were snapped in half I didn't have longer pieces to work with.

Here is a view of the piece standing on it's side.  The entire piece is held together by tension and created a very sturdy structure.

Here is another view standing up lengthwise showing the strength of the system.  I arranged the pieces from long to short.

Here is my fourth rendition.  I finally figured out what would and would not work with the wood. 

Here is a top view.  There is a regular pattern and refinement exhibited.

Here are the extra pieces that were left over.  I used them to space out the edges and push the wood as far as I could. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Light Prescedents - Marcus Tremonoto - Treluce Studios

something that makes things visible or affords illumination: All colors depend on light. (
Marcus Tremonto is a light artist who blurs the traditional context of light.  His designs transcend what we consider a traditional light.  He primarly works with a electroluminescent material to create his pieces.  The use of this material challenges the individuals traditional view of light and how we see or expect to see light.  Most of his designs have this impossible nature to them, they really make you wonder how in the world does that happen.
Carbon 451

  The above work, Carbon 451, is his latest creation.  Carbon Fiber is the primary material used in this piece.  Marcus used this material to really push the boundaries for the piece.  If he used any other material he would not have been able to create this design, as it is self supporting.  
Pieces using electroluminescent materials (images from Gallery Fumi, London)

 Mr. Tremonto utilizes what I would call futuristic materials, materials that most of us have not heard of.  This material selection allows him to manipulate light in ways that we are not accustomed which is very fun and very interesting.  When you Compare Marcus Tremonto to another light artist, Paul Friedlander, once may see similarities in style, predominantly the minimalistic tendencies.  However, Friedlander used the common fluorescent tube to create his works rather than the high tech and commercially unavailable materials that Tremonto uses. 

above 4 images are from

(information gathered from Gallery Fumi, London and Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, NY) 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Drafting Examples

For this assignment we had to pick a household object and draw the top, front, and side views.  I chose this candle vessel because it looks very simple.  Once you start measuring the container and you find many different angles and complex attributes.  My strength in this drawing is the composition and drafting style.  My weakness is the junction points of the curved sides.  Stephanie helped me work on this and suggested  I use a compass rather than a circle template.

This is an example of three different oblique view.  My weakness was trying to show the object with lines that did not really exist.  Some of the angles did not project properly either.

Extra Credit assignment.  This drawing was fun for me.  It gave me a bit of a challenge which strengthened some of my weaknesses.  Line weight and composition is good here.  No major flaws.

Object A and B - Elevation Oblique.  Strengths are line weight and composition.  Weaknesses are projecting circles correctly and lettering.

Objects A and B - Isometric Oblique.  This was chosen as a good example for others to follow.  I did put my circle in the wrong place on object a and I could work on my lettering.

Object A and B - Plan Oblique.  Good line weight and accuracy in corners are strengths.  Circles and Lettering are weaknesses.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Vestige - The mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign; A faint mark or visible sign left by something which is lost (

My light Phenomenon - shadows that create the appearance of pea gravel
We have been working with powers of 10, so I blew up my image 10 times and rasterized it in black in white to do a value study on the shadows.
This is my final composition.  My Diagramatic model is on the left and lends a playful movement throughout the piece.  I chose the title Vestige because it related directly to the gravel and the light or absence of light that creates the shadows.

This is a close up of my diagramatic model.  Paper of different color and texture has been layered to create shadows like in the pea gravel.  Pins go into the lighter pieces and also come out showing how the light is reflecting back to you.  In the foreground you will see light going in, but not out.  representing how the shadows are formed.