My plastic Pistons are becoming a radial engine!
The volume is getting closer to be a V8. 2 cubic metres though.
A lot of useful scraps here in the EAC museum in Montevideo.
All wood though. I adapt. It saves time and I don't see the use to model them and do a casting. The form in MDF speaks for itself.
When abroad I used to think in function of being convenient. Works need to be easy to ship. Working for a museum here (EAC, Montevideo Uruguay) is another ball game.
No convenient think anymore. Let's go full museal!
After finish the sculptures in Buenos Aires, I moved to EAC, Montevideo Uruguay. This important contemporary art museum is my final stop for production.
I'll be creating a new best of sculpture, sound and rework the turbine created in Bs As.
This museum is housed in an old panoptical prison from the 1800's. Awesome, dark and edgy. Good to work!
Expandable foam is my partner in crime.
It saves on time and adds a lot of volume.
It's not cheap. It pays back in ease. And you find it everywhere. :)
I thought I was making two sculptures here in Bs As.
Sometimes is crossing a few bricks on the street enough for flashing an idea.
3rd piece, here we come!
A couple days ago, I showed you the series of small speakers. It are tweeters. Tweeters don't have a low end.
The low end is important for that buzzin'-engine like sound.
Today, I was in the Subte (the Buenos Aires underground) and I got a call from Rafael, the project assistant. Mercado Libre, South America's eBay/Amazon helped me out. I just had to swap trains and in 20 minutes I had my 12" woofer.
Technology makes things a lot easier. :-)
Buenos Aires brought me to a trick we did as students to save money. It saves time. You find 'ferraterias' everywhere, as much as cornerstores.
You use cheap silicone for construction instead of industry-grade moulding silicone. The trade-off is less pulling strength and hardening up to 4 days.
The win is cutting away a lot of 'finding-out'-time :)
Clay is easy to find in a city of 14 million people. It took me a couple hours for creating a wonderful new pistons. They're already in the mould.
I'm creating an engine. Engines need fans.
I was heading to a meeting, on the street was this air vent laying around. I postponed the meeting and brought it home.
There's someone caring for me, between the stars. It's too much a coincidence. :)
Tomorrow I go scavenging!
I finished the first drawing for the 'Buenos Aires sculpture'. It'll be a brutal machine.
I doubt if the sculpture will be the direct result of this drawing. When I make new work the good ideas come through it's 'provoked chain reaction'. Being creative and busy excludes the 'voice in the head'. It keeps you going.
I realised that if you need something in Buenos Aires, you have to think in terms of dedicated shops. They're mostly located in neighbourhoods with all the same type of shops.
I found my clay and plaster, let's make some pistons!
I'm de-jetlagged. 2 Days of ease and rest. Rewarded with a clear mind
Under the guidance of reggaeton I'm making the first quick drawings, developing the idea of the sculpture. The current ideas are:
- Focus more on car engines, no tturbines.
- Keep it simple and tight: 1, maybe 2 sculptures.
- model the sculptures in clay and cast in plastics.
- integration of sound, inspired by the local culture.
For my ambitious 'The Enterprise'-series, I'm developing most of my sculptures abroad.
CheLA is an art platform in an old (chemically cleaned) asbestos factory, in the neighborhood of Parcque Patricias, Buenos Aires (Arg). The factory used the be up and running till the late seventies. During the crisis of 2001 it founds it's new purpose as an art platform.
I arrived two days ago and will create a series of sculptures from scratch. You can follow my developments on a daily basis here in the blog.
In a week I leave Belgium. I will make sculptures abroad in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Two months of work.
I'm working for my 'The Enterprise'-series and will create a lot of works from scratch. It's getting itchy.
I like this high-pressure environments. It forces me to be pragmatic and stay in focus. Failing is not an option. The stress is the fuel. :)
2 aluminium pockets plus some profiles and a bit of welding makes a fan. :)
I've made a video and its soundtrack of the work in process of the latest 'Heat Sink'-sculpture.
Check it out: :)
'Aluminium Heat Sink' is my first sculpture of 2019. Also my first in aluminium. I sum up the roadblocks that crossed my paths:
- There's no such thing a firing up the Tig and starting without preparation. ALU is a whole different ball game.
- Aluminium spreads heat as crazy: Your arms will cook fast, the workpiece tends to warp quickly and can even crack.
- Aluminium welding needs to be clean and secure: keep the arc small and tight. When you dip the puddle, switch immediately the tungsten.
-If you're workpiece never endured rough environments or the outdoors, you can do it without cleaning.
- If you want professional results. You need to clean al the workpieces. It avoids 'black pepper'.
Shamelessly I have to admit that I didn't apply for years one of the basics of metalworking.
I never center-punched before drilling holes.
Since today, I do. And what a difference in accuracy and time-saving: you're adjusting time on the drill-press is significantly lowered.