Posts Tagged ‘detritus’
My newest sculpture comes out of the ongoing Manhattan Effigies series called, “Manhattan: Smashed (The Party’s Over)”. This piece uses broken wine bottles (left over from the creation of my ENOLOGRAM works), cast in clear acrylic resin and mounted on a wood pedestal. “Manhattan: Smashed” was created for the exhibition Art Enology at Art in FLUX in Harlem curated by Souleo and is on view from December 5 – January 23, 2013 along with two other wine-themed works.
I recently completed some new small used sponge maps including this one of Manhattan. Each sponge section represents the different zipcodes of NYC. The use of dirty sponges is integral to the concept–Manhattan is one of the most culturally absorbent cultures in the world, and some areas are even quite stinky.
Update: This work is currently on view at Jim Kempner Fine Arts as of June 20, 2012.
Recently completed a new sponge map of the U.S.A. This latest “Used Sponge Assemblage” is Scaled 1:10,400,000 and measures approximately 17 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches and is signed on the verso. This work also includes AK and HI (not shown in picture).
New installation of Absorption Modules created for my solo exhibition at the WAH Center, April 21- May 27, 2012. Each Module is 11 x 11 inches each, made from weathered, stained and embossed paper stacks with corrosion, leaves and other natural elements.
“World All Washed Up (Scale 1:46,720,800),” 2012. Used sponges, 19 3/4 x 32 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Finished in time for this year’s Fountain Fair and on view at the Hullaballoo booth from March 9-11. “World All Washed Up,” is currently on view during “Energetic Fusion,” a collaborative exhibition with fellow artist and professor Ryan Seslow at York College Art Gallery in Jamaica, Queens. March 26-May 3, 2012.
I created this new map of Japan to donate for the relief effort following the devastating earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown earlier this year. The rough red sponge represents the radioactive Fukushima region. The work was on view at the WAH Center’s ART (Artists Rescue Team) Benefit June 10-11, 2 and is now resides in the WAH Center permanent collection.
On Main Street in Patchogue, NY I have filled an entire storefront window with a collection of 15 years worth of used tape (and another window covered with 15 years of empty potato chip bags). I started collecting used tape after realizing that my various artistic processes led to the use of a lot of different kinds of tape, and that often this tape was temporary and would be discarded. I often feel an affinity for the byproducts that come about by means of my artistic creations and see the castaway materials as having a vitality of their own. Often times the decision to collect this detritus is simply an aesthetic one, without any preconceived notion of how to use the material in the future. Such was the case of the used tape collection. After years of collecting small wads and balls, I started coming into contact with large quantities of used tape through my jobs as an Art Handler in New York City galleries, and later in my classroom as a Sculpture Professor. During the unpacking of works of art and uninstalling shows, I was collecting copious amounts of used tape, and new ideas started flowing. In the past few years I have started casting tape into brick forms, and have attempted to make simple furniture and structures, like stools and architectural fixtures, by compressing used tape into molds. This latest installation is my first opportunity to see 15 years worth of accumulated tape together for the first time, and I see it is still not enough. “Used Tape Storefront” is currently on view until October 24, 2010 at 14 E. Main St., in Patchogue, NY as part of the Walking Arts Tours organized by the Patchogue Arts Council.
For more images of accumulations by J.A.P. please visit the PACK-CAT Projects Gallery.
This is the most recent manifestation from the PACK-CAT Recycling Co. Projects recently on view at Jim Kempner Fine Arts (during Evidence 11/10-1/11) and Pure Light Gallery in Turner Falls, MA (Art From Detritus 5/10-7/10). I collect many of the by-products of processes of my everyday life, and reuse them by incorporating them into sculptures or works of art. My goal is make work that is friendly to the environment by finding creative uses and new lives for castaway material. Often my works also comments on consumerism and wasteful throw-away culture. I regularly use a number of unconventional materials in my sculptures, such as used teabags, dryer lint, eggshells, used tape, and old sponges. The “Used Sponges Assemblage” in the shape of the United States of America takes on new meaning with the occurrence of current environmental disasters like massive oil spills and flooding.
Update: Now in a Private Collection.