Photos by Dom Francis Photography
This blog was started to document the process of a large scale sculpture piece I began working on in October 2011. In January 2015 I finished the piece and titled it “Industry, Entropy”.
Upon moving to Philadelphia in September of 2011 I began work on a series of architectural drawings to be used for this sculpture. The piece consists of buildings that are mounted in the style of a pop up book above subterranean structures and systems made from salvaged material and silk screened wood. I spent over a year making finished drawings that I imagined would be exhibited in their own right as a group. I then traced the drawings onto mylar using radiograph pens to create transparencies for silk screening. The buildings were printed at Second State press in Philadelphia and cut out using a bandsaw at my apartment.
My background in printmaking inspired me in this case to create a large set of printable matrices. My process for making sculptures like this is broken up into different phases. I begin by producing a group of pieces or building blocks as if I were creating my own lego set. Once enough pieces are produced I then experiment and tinker with the different ways they can be put together. The process is like creating an image bank with wooden parts and screen printed elements. The fabrication of this particular piece required me to rent a space with walls and studs strong enough to support such a heavy sculpture. This prompted me to move my operation into a new shop in the the Amber street Studios in north Philadelphia.
After the !ND!V!DUALS Janky Donuts installation and a month long residency at the Wassaic Project, I began fabricating the base of the piece in October. I was heavily influenced by the Earth Box series I did at the Wassaic residency and wanted to make the subterranean world inhabited with huts, ladders, and structures implying a presence or utility. Arranging the buildings was a fun chance to group certain neighborhoods or aesthetics and create contrast in areas where they clash. The background tower buildings add some depth and enormity to the piece as a whole. It has been exhausting and rewarding working on something for so long. I hope the documentation on the blog gave folks a chance to see behind the scenes and offered a more intimate understanding of the work. On to the next project, cheers!
Whipped together a Bison head for Janky Donuts: Miami. Screen printed wood, assembled using salvaged materials. (and a new first dollar)
In September 2014 I was selected to be part of the Wassaic Project artist in residence program. It is located in Dutchess County in New York, kind of close to Connecticut and a few hours north of Manhattan. It is a super beautiful area, and very rural. It was great to have some extended time to focus on new and different work. The Dentist Project was put on hold for the month and I had an opportunity to meet some new friends and try out some new things in my work. I made a series of what I am calling Earth Boxes, each one occupied by a tower cobbled together with screen printed architectural elements assembled into impossible and unusual structures. Screen printed windows and doors are used in areas to provide a familiarity and allusion to space and form. I had a great time up there and encourage anybody and everybody who is looking to do a residency to check it out. It is very rustic, but certainly a treat for anyone looking for a break from city life.
Wassaic, you were real. See you again during the #wassaicsummerfestival 2015!
New studio! Amidst the donut-mania, I had rented a new work space. It’s a converted old middle school in north Philly, lots of space to spread out here. They set up a hookup for running water for me so I can install a washout/slop sink, which will allow me to set up a printing table and start making more prints! Going to section off about half of the space for wood shop and half for printing and storage. There are heavy duty walls and studs for me to support making this giant wall mounted sculpture that has been in the works for the past several years. Very exciting times. Once the shop is set up it’s fabrication time on The Dentist Project.
The Janky video for all of your Janky pleasures :) #janklife
Great turnout for the opening reception. Lot F gallery totally nailed it. They had real donuts for the opening so people were at least treated to the best of both worlds. Lots of B.B. gun competitions, lots of fun with the security cams too. Donuts will never be the same for us. #lotfgallery #jankydonuts
Like every !ND!V!DUALS project, we always build until the moment before our show is scheduled to open. After weeks of non stop Janky every day in Philly, Emilia and I still needed a few all nighters to finish things up. Exhausted and sleep deprived, we hit the road at midnight the day of the opening and landed in Boston at 7 AM. Winston woke us up at 8 am with breakfast and coffee. We headed to the studio to create some final touches and packed the donuts and donut paraphernalia (and the apron) to the gallery. Everything came together at about 6 pm, one hour before opening. James and Kate from Lot F gallery couldn’t have been more awesome and understanding. We are all so excited with how the show came together. 8 years working with !ND!ES and it continues to inspire and motivate me. Hope y’all get as much enjoyment from it as we do. #janklife
Drawings are always the most important part of the process. They serve as a springboard and are even more fun to look at after everything is built.
Bewm #celebration #highlife
Finishing touches assembling the Janky Box-Set. Handmade mini apron!
George Burgess on vocals. @gee_burg on instagram. #janklife