Quiet ContemplationQuiet Contemplation 46” x 41” x 17” Materials: aldar, cast Britania,“Quiet contemplation” is the flagship piece in my exploration of two significant American Communities, the Shaker and The Manhattan project. I used the structure of the Shaker meeting house bench as a platform to delve into questions around faith vs. science and the search for the sublime. This piece is also an analysis of intuitive design in the sense that I never did any drawings or models or recorded measurements. The burn marks present on the hand turned spindles were done by running twenty thousand volts of electricity through them, collectively creating the shadow of a mushroom cloud. The atomic atom in the center was done by casting Britania directly into the seat of the bench.
Guiding Light34” x 9” x 6”Material: Magnasync Moviola reelto reel, steel sconce, braided cored,Edison bulb.Guiding light a salute to mid century modern design and a reflection on the medias influence on the perception of the atomic bomb. Following the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the media played a key role in defusing the tension and fear created by such massive death and destruction. This piece began its life as a reel to reel film rewinder in Hollywood ,California, 1947. I converted it into a lamp by dismantling, rewiring and rebuilding it. Its intention is to take a piece of equipment used in the film industry and repurpose it as a “warning” light reversing the process of appropriation.
5:29 am5:29 am38” x10” x 6”Materials: ash, aldar, laser etchedglass, 1945 G.E. wall clock, brasshardware5:29 a.m. is an homage to the first successful atomic detonation on July 16, 1945 at 5:29 a.m.. It seeks to hi light not the creation of a massively destructive force, but the unflinching pursuit of science regardless of the costs. The structure is that of a Shaker wall clock, though the time piece has been replaced with a 1945 G.E. wall clock, frozen at exactly 5:29 a.m.. The imagery in the glass is an abstraction of the detonation cloud taken from one of the periphery cameras. The inscription is a quote by Ann Lee (founder of the Shakers) and reads “ Do all your work as though you had a thousand years to live; and as you would if you knew you must die tomorrow.”
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