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A new fabrication occurred on Friday afternoon in my studio. There was a convergence of materials resulting in a simple statement. The elements include...
     1. A Plow
     2. A lithographic stone used to print at some time in the past a magazine 
         titled...."The Nations' Health".
     3. Little people. Cast plastic HO scale figures.
     4. (2) - Clear Plastic Push Pins.
     5. (2) - Tea bags.

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My memory of one of Shakespeare's Sonnets includes an association of the the word plow or plowing to the act of sexual intercourse. The popular expletive I choose to delete beginning with "F" is more than implied here.

http://www.shakespeares-sonnets.com/sonnet/3


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Here are the little peopled being "plowed" as a result of a concerted effort to do so. Many of them are caught between this rock and a hard place. Some are even "laid to rust" from contact with the plow.


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A further detail, I may be toying with you with this fabrication but  those who have been elected to uphold the Constitution and provide for the general welfare of the country are not. They have decided to abdicate their responsibilities to the little people and place the country in peril. Very puerile of them don't you think?

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There is no doubt in my mind those who are responsible for pushing this agenda. They are represented by two ordinary objects hanging from plow handles. 

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My suggestion would be for them to be placed in hot water for a good long time. Trouble is brewing for them methinks.


 
 
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The carousel is operational! We had "rotation" on Friday 04.12.2013  at Studio 6A Water Street Studios. This calm scene is just prior to the opening of my studio to the public. The performers were gathered and put on a wonderful unrehearsed first showing. Greta Bell and her Carousel, Annette the Marionette, Moi, and Ilya duGaz were there to welcome and encourage everyone to join the R/Evolving Circus. We are in need of a willing performer to join the circus as a person to be sawn-in-half. No experience necessary. We are also taking applications for a Circus Doctor as well. A new career awaits you!


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Your possible future R/Evolving Circus colleagues. 

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These are new additions to the carousel. These new attachments will improve the assembly time as well as the overall flexibility of the carousel system for hanging Greta Bell's remarkable paintings. In the assembly instructions they are referred to as the "hope springs". Because they will be lightly loaded and only minimally cycled they will probably be eternal.

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You may have wondered what is hanging on the wall behind the carousel. It is an evolving piece of art, something to replace the old buffalobull(skull) and Shinola can that were off the wall for far too long and the difference was recognized some time ago between the B.S. and the Shinola. The working title of this flimflam fabrication is "Dead Reckoning" , quite pleasant, n'est ce-pas?

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Heady stuff I reckon.


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I bet you're wishing I hadn't said that. I see that the gloves have come off. No iron fist concealed here.


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Do you see that 47 is the correct number here? I'm knot just stringing you along again but I couldn't resist the temptation for witless wizdumb to spiral out of control.


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This may be note worthy. A page from one of my sketchbooks is included in this photograph of some of the original working drawings of the carousel. It is the earliest drawing with a note dated 10.03.2011. Nota Bene "The Puppeteer"  appears at the top of the sketch. Some early guidance perhaps. Do you see the 'man in the moon' base?  I do.

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There will be some minor modifications required for the disassembled carousel to fit within the R/Evolving Circus trailer. The longest central mast element connection bolts and spacer tubes need to be shortened by approximately 3". Not bad given that the fit of all of the parts into the trailer was based upon implementation of the SWAG method.


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Surprising isn't it? I am wondering where the Gerbil Quantum Drive will fit. More planning and ciphering. While others may mock my slow and deliberate progress; not unlike the tortoise pursuing the hare down the rabbit hole, Mr. Dodgson's arithmetic properties of Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision will be substituted for the  scientific wise ass guess.

 
 
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The newest addition to R/Evolving Circus Carousel is a quick and easy way to attach the extension arms. A spring pin replaces the original bolt on method. Greta Bell will no longer have to struggle with 24 bolts, nuts, lock-washers and a zillion trips up and down the ladder. The "Remove Before Flight" tag is an important metaphorical message. The circus is about to take flight!


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Of course-there's-always-fun-in-it...Get it?

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The view from the higher plane? No just above the fray and aluminum debris with a new bungee cord attached. The color coding adds to the ease of assembly as well as to the appearance of the untimely machine.

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Even though the carousel is 4 feet shorter and 4 feet less in diameter, it still has an imposing character. Greta Bell's paintings will energize the structure and transform the R/Evolving Circus. The carousel with the Austin Boston Peabody Human Steam and Gerbil Muscle Quantum Drive System will be fully operational much sooner than later. It will be spinning through time and space this week. Come and see Greta Bell's Carousel, Annette the Marionette and perhaps a new member of the R/Evolving Circus this Friday 04.12.2013 in studio 6A at Water Street Studios. Our heads are spinning with excitement!

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"You can't get far on hot air and fantasy." From "The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen" , by Terry Gilliam. "Oh yes you can",  by Ilya duGaz.

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A hint of identity smiling through the pane. 

 
 
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The Austin Boston Peabody Gerbil Muscle and Human Steam Powered Quantum Drive System for Greta Bell's R/Evolving Circus continues to evolve at the studio. The bicycle is mounted to the forward motion restriction valve with the counter rotational Human Steam power transmitter ready for flimflam fabrication and attachment. 

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This is revolutionary. It will help to apply the necessary force to overcome the WR^2 of the carousel. Of course it will be the Human Steam Power of Greta Bell augmented by the intermittent input of a soon to be named Gerbil.


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The 6 pointed star forms the revised base of the circus. Stability, portability, and ease of assembly were the goals for the design. The real star of the show, Greta Bell will provide the motive power along with her new found associate and raconteur ..."Annette the Marionette"!



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The original sketch is shown with Howie Sea looking carefully at it. How do you see it?


 
 
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I'm afraid not!

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Just stringing you along.


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Tin foil hat. Another angle of attack.


 
 
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Remember this design drawing? It represents a reasonable depiction of the relative position of the right angle drive mechanism required to translate the horizontal input from the bicycle into the vertical rotation of the carousel. Because the design is based upon "The Austin Boston Peabody Human Steam and Gerbil Quantum Magnetics Drive System", I had no way of knowing where it was when I knew it's velocity. My tongue is firmly in my cheek this morning.

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Here is the real thing. I now know the drive position and that it required .018" of shim on the inside mounting angle to center the output shaft. Round and round I go and where I will stop nobody knows. Do you really care about the shimming detail? Me thinks knot.

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Another view. I'm not stringing you along this time.

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Icon c you are puzzled. Just considering another angle of attack. Perhaps my logic is fuzzy but knot at the moment.

 
 
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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.

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Ice melting, gilt(guilt) pins, brass cut-out of the geographic boundary of Antarctica.

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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. 


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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. 






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A steel "shoemakers last". Possibly a reference to our "carbon footprint".

 
 
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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!



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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.  

 
 
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The inner madman is held securely this morning but the day is young.


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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.