Thursday, February 20, 2014

Playtime :D

This is called an Amish puzzle toy. Each of the cloth wedges is stuffed and can revolve to reveal a different side/pattern/texture, supposedly to keep toddlers entertained?!? I want to use this form to create an object that would entice and adult viewer to play with, to touch it, fondle it etc. It will be made out of a felt or plushie or silky material in hopes of registering a sensual (if not erotic) response. Then the viewer will hear the subtle ticking of an egg timer embedded in one of the wedges. This will evoke a few things a) play is dangerous ie. is this a bomb b) I'm on the clock while spending time with this object c) am I supposed to do something with this object ie. solve it? destroy it?.
So I guess I'm off to the fabric store which I think is equally daunting as Home Depot lol.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Project 02: Dare, dare

For the second project for this term, our prof is daring us to produce a sculpture that confronts, challenges, or upsets the usual. I initially wanted to make a piece about the notion of time passing. But then the idea turned into creating a situation where the viewer has to accomplish something or some sort of task. I thought that the best way to prompt a viewer to do a task, is to make it some form of play. So then the focus of the piece became the idea of "play" as an adult. The idea is still kind of rough, but here's a sketch:
Might be too Big Brother to get anyone to interact, but even if they don't, I think it's a good commentary on how playing as an adult is either "on the clock" or a "waste of time".

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Coffee shop paintings

Here's the start of a potential series of paintings about watching people in a coffee shop doing their coffee shop things.
Results of a Panic Attack, 40" by 48", oil on canvas, 2014

I Don't Understand a Hard Cookie, 40" by 40", oil on canvas, 2014

Not Sure How This Is Going, 60" by 42", oil on canvas, 2014

The Phone Pressed To Your Ear, 36" by 48", oil on canvas, 2014