New Artwork – #43hashtags – uv cured inkjet on cnc cut acrylic

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#43hashtags, 2021
uv cured inkjet on cnc cut acrylic mounted to composite aluminum
50.25″h x 48″w, edition of 3

Individually, we have in our possession the most powerful technology humankind has ever seen, the smartphone. Historically, we live in our homes, work in offices and go places for recreation and to interact with family and friends. Being in these physical locations gives us a sense of place, of history. But more and more we find ourselves not so much in a physical location interacting with the world in real time, but in a virtual place, with our phones navigating our psyches. And social media has overwhelmingly become the facilitator of this new journey we are collectively traveling in. In its path, language is being reduced, with symbols replacing words and abbreviations replacing sentences. The hash symbol has become the symbol most representing the zeitgeist in this new terrain. When we publish a hashtag, were attaching metadata that links us to the world. We become searchable. We can be found. The work #43hashtags, as the name says, has 43 hash symbols. Each one is different representing diversity; that behind each hashtag is a person. The number 43 came about when trying to create a cloud like shape and 43 was just the amount needed to accomplish it. This reference to the mysterious place where the data is, the CLOUD, is metaphor for the place where our virtual selves reside.

Where our data is, we are.

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New Artwork – Isosceles Follies I

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Isosceles Follies I , 2020
uv cured inkjet on shaped composite aluminum panel
edition of 3
dimensions variable (overall 48″ x 48″)

“Isosceles Follies I” is composed solely of these two isosceles triangles.

From Euclid’s Elements – Book I – definition XX:

Of trilateral figures, an equilateral triangle is that which has its three sides equal, an isosceles triangle that which has two of its sides alone equal, and a scalene triangle that which has its three sides unequal.

New Artwork – Field I

In continuing to experiment with shaped prints on rigid substrates, instead of cutting out the perimeter, this one has cut-outs (areas in shadows) inside the print.

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FIELD I, 2020
uv inkjet on cut-out acrylic floating 1″ above white composite aluminum panel
edition of 3
44″ x 44″

Video – Cutting on CNC Router of Hexalarious II

Multicam 3000 CNC Router cutting out Hexalarious II
(Video courtesy Vista Color Imaging)

Printing on rigid substrates opens up a new avenue of exploration in my work by allowing my geometric constructs to expand beyond the confines of square and rectangular formats with use of a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Router that can cut the substrate panel to my specifications.

Hexalarious II is printed on a composite aluminum panel. All the white areas will be cut out by the router. The cutting accuracy is precise which is necessary because of the precision of the geometry. Stand-offs will be put behind to hang and float off the wall.

I want to thank Kim and Scott and the rest of the team at Vista Color Imaging. They have been great to work with, taking extra care to ensure a great final print.

Fabrication of this artwork is made possible with an ADAP grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

The following is from my grant application, titled “The Shape of Things to Come”:

With this grant, I will create 4 artworks, printed on rigid substrates as opposed to media of the traditional digital print (paper/canvas). Printing on rigid substrates opens up a new avenue of exploration in my work by allowing my geometric constructs to expand beyond the confines of square and rectangular formats with use of a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Router that can cut the substrate panel to my specifications.

ADAP (Artists With Disabilities Access Program) provides funding that gives individual artists with disabilities—and organizations that serve them—the resources they need to further their artistic development. ADAP awards help artists with disabilities advance their artistic practices, making Ohio a more accessible and inclusive place to build an artistic career.

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