Saturday, February 25, 2012

What is the meaning of this!?

Inaugural post.  I shall endeavour to answer some of those questions you may be asking yourself like: Who?  Why?  Doesn't he know that to be a proper play on words it should go repurpose, rinse, repeat?

To the first question:
I'm a thirty-something artist living and working in Providence, RI.  I studied Illustration at UMass Dartmouth and Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design.  For the past six odd years I've worked as an architectural illustrator.
While at UMass studying and creating a body of student work that was represented mainly in two-dimensions, I had the good fortune to take a "furniture" class with Steve Whittlesey.  I put furniture in quotations because while having the course prefix FURN and actually taking place in the furniture department it was, in truth, a class about making things from found objects (junk).  Salvaged wood and scrap metal turned into fine furniture, toys made from bamboo or an evening gown made from plastic bags were pieces that turned up in that class.  The only real stipulations were that there be a recycled element and that you could talk about the decisions you made and why.  This was my introduction to the idea of recycling and repurposing to make art, that artists could resurrect unwanted objects and materials to make something beautiful.
Later at RISD I took classes outside the architecture curriculum with Walter Scadden and Tucker Houlihan that taught me a lot about ideas and craft and helped foster the idea of working with recycled materials.
I count these three among the most influential instructors of my college experience.

To the second question:
I never thought I would find a use for a personal blog, but I often have friends over who see odd bits of junk on my workbench and ask what I'm doing with it.  Later they ask how that project is coming along and I'll answer "It's finished" or "It's not."  I take this as proof that at least four or five people might find these projects interesting and visit this page occasionally.  It may also offer a small measure of accountability, when I am feeling lazy and let a project languish.

To the third question:
Junk is often dirty, you have to rinse it first.


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