A few months ago I had the opportunity to work with Joe Lewis, the former dean of my Alma Mater, Alfred University, to create this hollow Nike Hightop sneaker.
A link to some wonderful images of the finished pieces for Valerie Snobeck, made from the blow molds I produced for her.
The pieces I cast for Graciela Cassel a few years ago recently won the Art Slant Prize for installation. Link to article below.
Plaster multi-part blow molds commisoned by Valerie Snobeck. A refreshing challenge and a lot of fun.
Long overdue update.
The beginnings of a blanket rubber mold. Getting ready to cast the plaster mother mold.
Plaster has been cast, clay will be removed and rubber poured into the cavit between sculpture and plaster.
Rubber has been poured.
Wax has been poured.
The second half is cast.
The glass arrives!
set up for refractory mold.
Top view of front torso section ready to be set up and poured.
A work in progress for Stefano Losi. Starting to remove the clay from bronze base so that two rubber molds can be made. This was a very slow process and involved a few pairs of hands.
All plasticine will eventually be cast in glass and refit around the bronze lettering.
check out his website:
Front has been removed
Front removed from bronze.
Layout of letter spacing from back of torso and middle sections. More work to be done here in order to insure snug fit to letters.
I am in a show in Denmark through September.
I had a little recognition from my alma matter.
Two alumnae part of ‘BodyTalk’ in Denmark museum show
Two members of the AU Class of 2013, Elizabeth Cote and Heather Joy Puskarich, are represented in a multi-artist museum show, “BodyTalk – 52 Views On Body, Sex And Gender” at the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (museum) in Ebeltoft, Denmark. The exhibit runs through Sept. 28, 2014.
Elizabeth is a studio technician at Urban Glass, Brooklyn, and Heather will be a visiting-artist-in-residence at AU during the 2014-15 academic year.
More about Elizabeth and her work can be found on her website at: http://www.elizabethfcote.com
A look at Heather’s work and background information may be found at: www.heatherjoyp.com
The museum provides the following as description for “Body Talk”:
“Throughout history, concepts of body and sex have had a significant impact. From ancient idealization of the harmonious, athletic body to the 1960s ‘liberated’ body and gender perceptions to the more recent depreciation of the ‘natural’ body in favour of the ‘modified’ eternally young body. In the wake of the development of the concept of the body, and that many have come to realize that society not only shapes personality and behaviour, it also shapes the way in which the body appears, there have also been changes to the perception of gender. Today, traditional gender perceptions and stereotypes, including the concept of ‘the ideal family unit’ are in transition and there is a lively debate about equal rights, women in top positions and men in more domestic roles.
“But what happens to our perception of body, sex and gender when the concepts are illustrated and reinterpreted by a group of international artists? Through an Open Call, 52 artists have been selected to show their views on the subject. Although the exhibition is a group show bound together by a common theme, there is a diversity of works and 52 very independent and strong statements.”
Some tiny molds for some tiny vertebrae. Updates to follow!
foam core and mold star 30. Sitting on the vibrating mobile vent unit to shake loose those bubbles.
Opening for the show Body Talk at the Glas Museet in Ebeltoft, Denmark was a success. everything arrived intact and set up was a breeze. The staff was extraordinarily helpful and all the volunteers, extremely generous.
Body Talk will be on view through September 2014.
Hot casting into zircar molds at UrbanGlass on staff day.