“To hike out alone in the desert; to sleep on the valley floor on a night with no moon, in the pitch black, just listening to the boom of silence: you can’t imagine what that’s like.”
A quest to seek the sacred lead me to a strange land…a stranger in a strange land and feeling being a pilgrim on a journey. In the distance, an eerie light beckons the pilgrim an invitation to rest not knowing that God Himself is the mystical visitor but none the less, expecting a miracle.
Mixed Media: 7″ x 15″x 6″. Cast resin layers infused with phosphorescent powders. Native Arizona Alligator Juniper wood. Steel mounting bracket, LED light turntable. Healing soil from Mission Chimayo embedded in the bottom of the piece.
These pieces become my image what is invisible. At times the image is a mirage and at other times a dream experience where flight and suspension are the fantasy.
“Seeking the Sacred III”
Limited edition of 5 pieces in this suite. 2 left. This piece is 18″ x 11″x 3″ Alligator Juniper-Cast resin.
In my dream, I am alone in an ocean desert. The moonless sky helps shield the pitch black sky protecting it from celestial lights. The sound of silence is deafening. I am lost, helpless and desperate for a sign. Hope becomes fear as the wilderness becomes unrecognizable and my faith is my only assurance until the Encounter.
“The Encounter I” is the working title of this mixed media piece. The cast resin molded wings are cast with phosphorescent coloring-aqua-sky blue and green. The wings are airbrushed with pearlescent lacquers and additional clear resin cast is cast on top.
I like the idea of the mixed media pieces hanging on a wall with the LED lighting illuminating the work. I love how you can apply a “fade” on the lights as the LED lights cycles through an array of colors. One of my personal favorites is the yellow-orange colorization.
This particular suite of work is entitled “Strangers in a Strange Land”. We all experience the unknown in our daily walk of life, some through a death experience or in a meditative state. When we are lost, we seek the familiar and in our desperation, we cry out for a sign. This the first in the series of these sculptures. The each wing is 17″ and it the photo above, the wings are verticle emulating that angelic being that becomes a light we follow.
“The Encounter I” My studio has an abundance of resin and wood shards, artifacts from past projects, and salvage, things I cannot throw away. It is full of music as well and my mind wanders through the biblical stories of the Exodus, where guiding lights and columns of clouds and fire are found along a desert journey. Before starting work, I muse on some of my common themes in my work, the themes of healing and restoration. Bits and pieces of memory are stored in the shards of my work, time is captured and measured in these lifeless pieces. I look to release the memories contained by using the media of resin, LED lighting wood and steel.
At times I think myself as an alchemist, looking to release the memories “stored” in the pieces. I am drawn to using resin, LED lighting wood and steel. I seek to create commonalities between materials, and the experience and memories.
In this photo, I imagine the molded resin wings engulfing what looks like the heart of a being. The LED lighting pulsates colors through the translucent layers of cast resins.
Healing, light, and restoration have become central themes in my work. My imagination is inspired by nature and depicting stories from scripture. I imagine a time during the creation of our world, the light, the formation of earth and sea. Stories of hope, healing, and provision while lost in the desert. LED and UV light is a medium that I use to illuminate my work.
When I am in a wilderness environment, I imagine a time when the landscape was shrouded in chaos but formed to create meaning and mission where time, space and light dispelled the darkness as new beginnings emerge.
One of my favorite artist’s quotes comes from British artists Francis Bacon “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery”. My feel my work has a mysterious nature to it, lights that penetrate the darkness and seemingly comes from within the work, light that pulsates a healing and meditative mood and helps penetrate the darkness.
The Art Process I utilize resin, wood, steel and light in most of my pieces. The translucent nature of resin and how I cast and color resin layers creates skies, clouds, oceans, and landscapes. I mix phosphorescent powders into certain resin layers allowing me to “create” light in the darkness. I use LED and UV lighting to illuminate the resin layers and the light seeping through the resin creates a sense of wholeness, healing, and peace.
The perception of these works shifts as the color of light is changed, at one point a sunset at another time a twilight in the desert or ocean landscape. Any light “charges” the phosphorescent layers in the work to produce a radiant quality…an eerie glow. That “glow” dissipates over time but may remain a subtle light throughout the night, only to be charged the by the light of a new day.
More on website: http://www.stor-ybox.com
Many in the know…knew. It was inevitable that not all the restaurants opening on the 7th Street restaurant corridor could survive. Frankly, I thought there were several other eateries on 7th that would close shop before The Herb Box on 7th. I read the reviews on Yelp to help gather insight from customers and it was not pretty. The quality of food may not be the issue but rather the type or lack of service took its toll according to the reviews. I am reminded that it is called a “Hospitality” business. In the eat or be eaten business you have to be on the lookout for all predators.
“The Rent is Too Damn High”
Yes…its a different business model. No, your sales don’t support the rents the developer “needs”. Infill sites are becoming a rare find and demand is high, and some building costs have increased 33% in a short time. How you determine rent all begins with the cost of real estate and properties along our prominent arterials with strong visibility and parking can be costly. The Colony is a good example. The developer paid a market price to purchase the property. The success of The Yard started the stampede on 7th street. He took on the task to redeveloped the project and committed to his internal return on investment scenario. He went to market with a creative vision to reposition the property. I think he did a great job with the project. Demand for space was high and phase I leased up very quickly with local contemporary restaurant offerings and no chains. As most good developers know, the restaurant industry is highly competitive and the risk is greater in this retail category. But with high risk can come high reward and the Colony filled up quite quickly with local known names and concepts weighing the risk with entrepreneurial spirit before signing long-term leases. Many (not in the know) blame the “greedy” developer for charging high rents and that is how we get to the “rent is too damn high” syndrome and the only reason the restaurant failed.
From what I experienced and what I read, service at the Herb Box (or the lack of) contributed to it’s demise. Competition played its part, culling the herd of those with empty seats along the foodie corridor. They will surely find a replacement tenant (bet you 10 to 1 it’s a restaurant), another “local restaurant” willing to ply Phoenix’s 7th St food corridor.
Our personal journeys take us to many places. At times we find ourselves along paths that are unmarked and without light to guide us. We are forced to confront fears that only darkness can produce. But we are driven to explore, it is part of our DNA as humans whether it is reaching to the stars or the depths of the ocean or… the boundaries of our imagination. We begin the journey as children: bringing natural curiosity as artists, scientist, and philosophers.
A new series of work titled “Beneath the Darkness” reveals imaginary desert and ocean realms. Places and moments of time where light penetrates the darkness providing hope, security, and inspiration. A concealed LED light illuminates the cast resin layers in the cross-like shape and radiates a light within the steel and plexiglass base.
I had a sense of creating something sacred, perhaps a holy vessel, something that can produce a sense of peace and maybe miraculous healing. My own faith says that is possible. Some say that prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God. I hope the piece becomes that beacon providing the light into a voyage to a sacred harbor.
Two in a series: Resin-Steel & Light 19″x 11″x4″ See at the Ice House
First Friday April 7th 2017.
I liked the show title that fellow artist Onna Voellmer suggested. Onna’s work is so strong. She uses large bold strokes to describe intimate objects. “Whispers from the Moon” is a series in the Within From Without show at Lotus Contemporary in Scottsdale.
We discussed the title enough and we said: “Let’s go with it”. My own series of work was titled “Beneath the Darkness”.
I mused over the show title, looking for a hidden meaning, wondering while my mind wandered. What unconscious thoughts create my art? What is within these pieces trying to come out? And back to “What makes things sacred”?
My mind wanders between the stages of dark and light and at times entering a dreamlike tranquil realm of desert-ocean images and mirages. This series features the light energy of a passing “soul” who dares to infiltrate the darkness with an energy from within…from without.
Lotus Contemporary Gallery -7077 E. Main St-Scottsdale, AZ -February 16, 6-9pm