Thursday, July 4, 2024

2024 07 Crank Box

This is the second creation finished after I was lucky enough to be included with a talented group of assemblage artists who were gathered by Mineral Point (WI) artist Cristy McNab for three days of work in the Lind Pavilion on the Shake Rag Alley Campus.

Because this was not a class but an adventure, I decided to bring supplies to make New Age Gods out of action figures and small found objects.


I have fallen in love with vintage wood foundry forms as substrates. I combined the Crank Box form with a newel to make the base for this project. 

This figure started with a DC Comics Batman Soft Glow Night Lite.

This is as far as I got at Shake Rag Alley. The rest of the project was completed at home.


The original twigs proved too fragile so I covered them in Aves Clay


Denice bought me these great earrings to use...and I did



Thus we have Crank Box. He is 22"H X 8"W X 7"D. He consists of a Batman Soft Glow Night Lite, Wood Foundry Form, Newel, Plastic Wings, Cheese Cloth, Earring Eyes, Junior Jet Club Pin, Twigs, Clay, and Paint.

 


Wednesday, July 3, 2024

2024 07 The Reaper's Story Is the Story Of Endless Work

I was lucky enough to be included with a talented group of assemblage artists who were gathered by Mineral Point (WI) artist Cristy McNab for three days of work in the Lind Pavilion on the Shake Rag Alley Campus.

Because this was not a class but an adventure, I decided to bring supplies to make New Age Gods out of action figures and small found objects.

The first one I finished was based on a Marvel Legends Doctor Octopus Figure Film Version Action Figure Model, a toy that is quite valuable in its box with all its parts. The one I started with was missing parts and had no box so I felt no guilt in using it.

Of course...Off With His Head!

I had to stop the articulation with a cast





This was as far as the figure got at Shake Rag Alley. The rest was completed at home.








Thus we have The Reaper's Story Is the Story Of Endless Work. The title for this piece came from a Mary Oliver poem called Morning Glories. It is 18"H X 10"W X 12"D. It consists of a Marvel Legends Doctor Octopus Figure Film Version Action Figure Model, Tractor Glass Sediment Bowl Fuel Filter, Knewel, Automobile Coil, Skull Bead, Decorative Beads (7), Monteleone Hotel Swizzle Stick, Metal Wings, Shell, Embroidery Floss, Glass Eye and Paint. 


Thursday, June 27, 2024

2024 06 Wisconsin State Fair Amateur Photography Competition

Here are the results from this year's Amateur Photography Contest judged on  Tuesday, June 25 at the Wisconsin State Fair. The photos that placed will be exhibited during the run of the fair in the Hall of Grand Champions. 

Each entrant may submit 35 photos out of 120 categories judged. The judges give places from 1st to 4th meaning there are 480 winning photographs. This year there were over 3,000 photos submitted in the categories so that is an average of about 25 photos per.

PHOTOS THAT DID NOT PLACE (or as I like to say, 5th place)


1011. Blue ribbon blue

1106. Animals, dogs

1107. Animals, farm

1108. Animals, mammals

1109. Animals, reptiles, amphibians

1110. Animals, zoo

1120. Botanical, trees, bark, shrubs

1126. Chairs, benches

1127. Chandelier, lights

1128. Circles

1133. Doors

1136. Garden art or garden sculpture

1137. Geometric shapes

1142. Glow

1153. Leaves

1156. Night scenes

1162. Railroads

1164. Repetition in nature

1166. Rust

1168. Shadows

1169. Signs, street, etc.

1170. Stained glass

1171. Spiral

1173. Transportation, air, land

1175. Umbrella

1176. Water

1180. Windows

1200. Bridges Black and White

1202. Fences Black and White

1203. Waves Black and White

THIRD PLACE

1123. Building architectural – urban

1130. Cobblestones

SECOND PLACE

1010. Badger red

FIRST PLACE

1155. Mailbox

1161. Portrait, head shot only