Friday, May 7, 2010

SEA CAVE : The Beginning

This is my original sketch for the installation.

Some changes had to be made spatially when I actually got into the space, but for the most part it stayed the same. It sucks that I never got around to making a jellyfish, but the logistics itself had me in a tizzy. The second small window on the left that wasn't included in the photos has the title of the show on it now.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

SEA CAVE: The Final Piece

Here are some pictures of the installation I did last week at the Emerson Space Case, courtesy of Stephanie Brachmann. It's a window gallery so the piece consists of four separate "frames" of work. Let's start with each frame individually and then some artier details, shall we?

Frame #1 : The Eyes

Frame #2 : The Octopus Den

Frame #3 : School

Frame #4 : The Whale

Detail #1 : The Eel

I may need to get a picture of the eel in the day because the blue light illuminating it belies the detailed color work of the actual sculpture.

Detail #2 : Tentacle

I'll be posting a separate blog soon about the making of the tentacle.

Detail #3 : Serpent Sea Star

Stephanie did an amazing job of painting this sea star for the installation.

Detail #4 : Fish

I actually wanted there to be an overwhelming amount of fish in this frame, but time did not allow. I'm considering doing more and adding them as the month goes on.

Detail #5 : Eel #2

Okay, so this eel is a little less blue saturated.

"From the Street"

There's a tree blocking the first window from the street, so it's impossible to get a full shot of the piece, but here's the closest we can get.

Thanks to everyone who made it to the opening Monday night, and if you didn't the installation will be up until the beginning of June, so stop by and take a look. And a big thanks to Stephanie for her help with everything along the way. If not for her I'd still be there working on it, I'm sure.

Once again, The Emerson Space Case is an installation window gallery on the corner of NE Emerson and NE 30th in Portland, OR. Check out their blog for news and pictures of shows past.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


I was considering making this guy out of paper mache and chicken wire for my installation, but plans changed. I guess I could still make him and put it in the front window of my house.

The Tylosaurus was a mosasaur and is related to modern reptiles such as lizards and snakes. The largest specimen found was over 49 feet in length. One of the only dreams I remember vividly from my childhood is being woken up by my parents and escorted out to our swimming pool for my birthday present. To my amazement it was an array of dinosaurs hanging out in our pool. And it was awesome.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

It's called a Viperfish

This portrait of a Viperfish wearing a bowtie can be seen adorning the sea cave that is my new installation at the Emerson Space Case (corner of NE 30th and NE Emerson, Portland, OR). Opening reception is tomorrow evening starting at 8pm and going till we feel like leaving. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

I've been working on this pretty much non-stop for the last two weeks and am really pleased with the way it turned out. I'll have pictures up as soon as I can, but it's best to see it in person. It'll be up for the month of May, possibly longer.