Wednesday, February 06, 2013

'Recent' Work published

I am very, very behind in adding 'recent' work to the main Wareham Forge web site. 
Here is a copy of the descriptions of the latest pieces in the larger ' Hallucigenia ' sculptural series :
'Spine Bench' - Hallucigenia No. Two
Summer 2010
(this object available - $700)
The inspiration for this piece started with seeing fish skeletons washed up along a bearch. Imagine a series of curved ribs, linked along a spine. But here the creature has not yet develped a boney spine like modern animals, but instead has a cable like nerve cord, twined together to permit maximum flexibility. The individual ribs are made from aggressively forged flat bar. To finish, the metal is painted a dark chocolate brown.
Initially the piece had as a top a heavy piece of solid pine, some three inches thick. On the advice of friend and fellow smith John Burton, I replaced the massive slab with a thinner wide plank of African Paduk wood. One end of the plank had been eatten away by termites, a distortion that adds to the primitive feel of the table.
The finished table stands about 18 inches tall, with the top about 15 inches wide by 48 long (38 x 40 x 120 cm)
'Hallucigenia' - Hallucigenia No. Five
Summer 2012
(this object available - $500)
The starting point here was actually a pail full of offcut pieces of forged pipe, left over from work on the architectural project on the Reade-Maxwell House. Returing to the various illustrations of the defining 'Hallucigenia' organism, the sauceage shaped tubes were attached to short forged spikes to form the legs. A body was formed by agressively forging a lenght of channel, plus two pieces of angle. The short pinched pieces became the ridges along the spine.
The whole scupture runs about 36 inches (90 cm) long. Like most of the series, it has been left un-treated so it will naturally weather with time.
'Pentapus' - Hallucigenia No. Six
Winter 2013
(this object available - $300)
During a workshop session with Kelly Probyn-Smith, I started playing around with using various dies and surface texturing tools to alter the surfaces of bars. One prototype that emerged from this suggested a line of suckers down a long tenticle. I had a number of smoothly polished beach stones I had picked up somewhere on my travels, intending to incorporate these into forged pieces.
One of the stones forms the body of 'Pentapus'. In keeping with the general concept of alternative animal body plans in this series, this playfull creature has five tenticles, not the eight of modern squids and octopi.
This sculputure stands about 35 cm (14 inches) tall. Again it has been left with the natural fire scale finsih to allow it to weather with time..

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