I have spent the better part of a week working on this over sized Santos. Stephanie Brockway the curator of "Day of the Dead" show at Gaurdino Gallery in Portland invited me to make a special extra large piece for a window display and boy it has been fun. It started with the torso that is a antique phone box two little bells included. The torso gave me the dimensions for the head, I was not sure if it would be a male or female and I'm still a bit fuzzy about it but I'm leaning toward male.
Here it it photographed on white and at an angle for the show card.
His legs are 1940's split wood crutches with size 10 wooden shoe stretchers, the base is a piano stool top. I made the rosary out of bingo balls and his arms are legs from a claw foot stool. There is a small shelve to light a candle and make your day of the dead prayers. Hie crown was fun to make and Steph's idea to make it from an old metal tape measure that I riveted together and soldered a copper cross to the top.
If you click on the photo it will enlarge so you can see the details, I had photos but last night before I got them into blogger my laptop got a bug a died. I think it got me as well because it made me just sick I hope I can retrieve all my paper work and photos. I will be posting the dates of the show and address as soon as I'm back up and running.
Warning: Assembly Required Rusty clock gears, a tattered ticket stub, worn doll parts, a key to an unknown and ancient lock, a tin box, a metal wing, a spigot, a sprocket, a spring…You have found yourself in an amazing and wondrous place, surrounded by artifacts bursting to tell a story and creating more questions than providing answers. You are in the studio of an assemblage artist. The assemblage artist creates beautiful, disturbing, whimsical, fascinating, and sometimes frightening pieces of art using worn out, forgotten, broken, discarded, overlooked, and unusual items. Donning the hat of archeologist, anthropologist, tinkerer, treasure hunter, and story teller – the assemblage artist travels from estate sales to old barns, re-use stores to garages and attics – looking for the perfect elements to artfully craft into a work of art. I doubt that Aristotle had assemblage art in mind when he stated, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” However, the adage couldn’t better describe the art of up-cycled and found objects.
Looking at individual pieces, the found objects from treasure hunts – a wing nut, a jar of railroad nails, an old thermometer – are interesting no doubt, but rather meaningless on their own. Mixing, matching, and moving the pieces until it feels right. The objects become unified – meaningful. Five accomplished northwest assemblage artists have come together in an exhibit entitled, “Sacred Scraps.” Tory Brokenshire, Stephanie Brockway, Shelly Caldwell, Jennifer Campbell, and Dayna Collins have created more than a gallery showing of their work, but an exhibit that will take the viewer through the process of creating assemblage art. You will find jars displaying raw materials, clay, metal, tools they use, books that inspire them, and unique finished pieces of art – all incorporated into the display. Artwork will not be for sale through this exhibit, rather it is about the process of how assemblage art is created. The goal of this show, says Dayna Collins, is to “share the love of creating and showing people how what some consider junk can become beautiful pieces of art.” The exhibit runs February 1-28, with an opening reception on Friday, February 1, 4:30-6:30pm in the Hatfield Library on the Willamette University campus. For more information check out www.sacred-scraps.com. If you are curious about assemblage art, working with found objects, or perhaps are afflicted with wild inspiration after seeing the “Sacred Scraps” exhibit, check out the classes offered at Art Department this winter. Both Tory Brokenshire and Dayna Collins have classes coming up. Art Department is located downtown at 254 Commercial ST NE, Salem or visit www.artdepartmentsupply.com to see class offerings online.