I will have the opportunity in the very near future to experiment with a high speed (1200fps) video camera. The video will be of the piece "Bye-Polar Ice". In preparing for the upcoming video session I assembled the parts and pieces of this "fabrication" in the studio on Monday 01.28.2013. There are things in the various photos that will be corrected when the "real" high speed video is made. I hope you will enjoy the rawness of photos and of the process.
Ice melting, gilt(guilt) pins, brass cut-out of the geographic boundary of Antarctica.
Hanging magnet attracting pins from the "tip of the iceberg" . Please note that the magnet is wrapped with plastic and the plexiglass container is wrapped as well. This is for experimental purposes only.
This is the base that holds the 12' long graphite pole in place. The pole is a fishing pole blank meaning there are no fishing line guides attached to it. I'm just fishing for a compliment.
The base is made from 1" thick high strength steel scrap. It has been fabricated into the Chinese character symbolizing "Man". There is fairly high level of carbon content in this material. I may be suggesting a possible link between the current warming polar events and our not so insignificant contributions to these events.
Warmest ever January since records have been kept. 65 deg. F on Tuesday 01.29.2013. 20 deg. F on Thursday 01.31.2013.
A steel "shoemakers last". Possibly a reference to our "carbon footprint".
The original 12' high x 12' in diameter R/evolving Circus carousel is in various stages of being modified. The center mast has been disassembled and the various sections have been cut in order for the 'new and improved" circus carousel to be fabricated. The overall process is going well with TIG welding to be part of the next important stage of development. The new carousel will be 8' high x 8' in diameter and human powered. The bicycle in this photograph will be the "new and improved" input power device.
The overall design is based upon an earlier design concept affectionately known as "The Austin Boston Peabody Human Steam and Gerbil Muscle Quantum Magnetics Drive System". That machine was developed in response to my son's request for an explanation to a hideous noise we heard one morning. He was 6 or 7 at the time and really needed to know what had made such an awful noise on the street in front of our home. I said it must have been generated by the aforementioned drive system passing swiftly by. It worked to pacify his curiosity and continues with this device. The gerbil will be replaced by a marionette being designed and fabricated by Greta Bell.
There will be more photos and drawings posted in the very near future, perhaps even tomorrow. The hideous noise will not be part of this revised design. There is the potential for an MP3 device with a megaphone to be incorporated. This may be done with an ear toward the exploitation of the "Doppler Effect".
The YouTube file attached from "Looney Tunes" cartoon opening theme music is titled "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down". I certainly hope it doesn't!
A layout design drawing, very "old school" illustrating the right angle drive that will couple the "Austin Boston Peabody Human Steam and Gerbil Muscle Quantum Magnetics Drive System" to the R/evolving Circus Carousel. "Human Steam"/Greta Bell, will overcome the WR^2 of the carousel.
The inner madman is held securely this morning but the day is young.
Called a madman by some, an inveterate prankster by others and an enigma by those who have no pigeonhole for him, Jenkins is possibly one of the few, the proud, the terminally misunderstood. He is without a doubt a fabricator of hyper-anachronistic allegory. At times his devices roll, balance, ring, flash and calculate but for the most part they tempt the viewer to reconsider previous notions about art and art objects.
In his home studio/laboratory this quiet unassuming individual examines the complex issues of life, death, war, spirituality, language, and science. He is fond of producing objects with dangerous edges and associations in order to demonstrate the inherent unity of the seemingly disparate issues. His methodical examinations attempt to visually connect diverse images and philosophies into a coherent and unified plexus.
Traditional methods and craftsmanship underlie not only his fabrications but also his life. His knowledge of blacksmithing and of the important philosophical issues of the day has created an artist known among his closest friends as the 'Blacksmith with the Gentle Hammer'. This biography carefully weaves the intricate pattern of this relatively unknown artist in 1954 to the 'Rockstar of Art' he was destined to become.
The strange synthesis of dark humor and delightful material relationships push the reader to find a new ground of sorts. As soon as one believes they have seen there all is to see Jenkins sneaks in one more "rabbitpunpunch" to knock you down the slippery slope. The richness of not only the visual material but of the copious notes of Jenkins' œuvre has made the compilation of this biography a pleasure for the writer. The reader will also delight in the careful examination of this remarkable man.
From Jenkins' early life outstanding in the fields of middle America to his stunning and thought provoking debut at MOMA, Levergneux weaves a complex and compelling narrative 'cloth' of this consummate bald-faced liar.
"Be Suspicious of Anything Unusual" is a riveting romp through the curious mind and life of an indirect descendant of the Greek god Hephaestos, the celestial blacksmith and artificer. Destined to become one of the more obscure, misunderstood, and neglected biographies of the "New Millenium", "Mefiez-vous de tout ce qui sort de l'ordinaire" exposes, dissects, and illuminates an extraordinary figure of this ridiculous age.