31 July 2010

calder

'i paint in shapes.'
~ alexander calder

blue feather c. 1948

this is the abs challenge piece for july... and since being announced it has been dancing around in my head... turns out it is at the calder foundation in nyc - but not for public viewing... darn... my goal was to see it because that top piece of sheet nagged at me the whole time - what color is it? what shape?

i wanted to create movement in my piece, to create something that was 3 dimensional, sculptural... my first thought was enamel for the sheet - but i switched over to resin... 

for the first time i tinted resin and was happy with the result... calder is all about movement and so this focal is made of 2 pieces that are riveted together but with a spacer so that the triangle swings... it has vintage paper that reads 'blue' 'feather'... the black paddles move and there is floss to add to the idea of movement as well... at the same time i attempted to keep this simple and clean, allowing shape and color to speak... 


'my whole theory about art is the disparity that exists
between forms, masses and movement.'
~ calder

19 comments:

  1. OMG that is AMAZING!!! You totally captured the Calder piece, but this is exceptional in and of itself! I LOVE the tinted resin! It looks like highly refined ceramic or enamel. The black is LUSCIOUS--like being able to make your own jet! The sheen on it is lovely. It's a whole different look to your paddles--so urban and modern--MOD, even! Yet at the same time, with the movement, stylized leaf shapes and the delicacy of it, it makes you think of nature. Birds and perhaps ginkgo or aspen trees. I would love to see it "live", worn by a real person, to see how it moves. (Perhaps a little video?) The little riveted element seems like your signature on it.

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  2. You are brilliant! Your necklace completely resonates the inspiration piece. Happy creating...

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  3. Wow Mary Jane, you just blow me away!

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  4. I agree, you sure captured the feeling of movement in your piece...and I love the focal, color and all!
    Cindy

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  5. Mary Jane - this piece is sensational!!! What a brillant interpretation of the Calder piece!!!
    I love it and would also love to see the movement.

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  6. I couldn't add any more to all that's already been said. Beautiful piece!

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  7. Man! You nailed it!! (and riveted it too!) I never would have guessed the black was resin. Another of your amazing pieces, but exceptionally so because you have captured the essence of the art.

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  8. Choose your publication and get this baby published my dear, it's extraordinary :)

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  9. this reminds me of the yard art the aunt made in the tornado chasing movie. lots of movement , very nice !

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  10. that is so cool. i can't believe how cool that is!
    hey, are you going to bead fest?

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  11. You nailed this challenge! What a fabulous interpretation!

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  12. Oh my goodness! This is so cool!!! I love the black paddles and this just captures the essence of Calder spot on. I love where your creative impulse led you.

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  13. You have captured it! Gorgeous!!!!!

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  14. 旁觀自己的悲傷是解脫,主觀自己的悲傷是更加悲傷................................................

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