When I was one

Been spending time with the amazing images at NASA.gov. Your tax dollars at work! This is the dark side of the moon, dark as in not seen or not known. With one side always facing earth, the other has been unseen since the advent of life on earth. Dark side until 1959 when it was first seen. I was one year old.

Early commission prototype

Commission prototype for nesting bowl set. It’s too small but really liking how eccentric this ended up. Very non platonic so to speak.

Half size prototype

A half size prototype, shape and scale rather than surface treatment. Four sided 8.5″ tall vase with color slip surface, stoneware.

John Cage at home

Here’s a Karaoke version of Cage’s masterpiece for your home performances!

Saturn, moons, plates, & life itself

Being interested in self organizing systems and space images I’ve been looking at Saturn’s moon Enceladus, one of two moons being considered as possible places life might have arisen.

This was a sketch for a platter using images from the cassini spacecraft, just now finishing up it’s mission. The black areas indicate areas not imaged, these inspired this one.

John Cage’s 4’33”

For the Pluto Project (making rocks) we mashed up John Cage’s masterwork 4 minutes and 33 seconds with the New Horizon’s 2015 flyby of Pluto. This interested me for a number of reasons. The two, being from differing domains (music & space) has a high degree of (radical) difference. Because we had committed to a convivial event we used the forms of a musical performance with a following reception. Cage piece provided both a ‘differing experience for most and it was possible to spontaneously created a performance group & audience with no rehearsals or much explanation. And it had the important absurdity, irony, and unclear meanings. The absurdity because it captures attention & provides a different perspective to our already present perception of the world. Irony because it provided for humor and enjoyment of the heady topics of both the Cage and the flyby. Open meaning was a tool to explore the possible meanings available between the two. I’ve got three readings so far, do you have one?

The entire printed pages of the score for 4’33” available from Boosey & Hawkes publisher.

When ice mountains meet nitrogen plains

For the Making Rocks project the team and I met with Bryan Holler, here with Professor Russo, holding a Pluto plate with his poem to Pluto on the back. Got more compliments yesterday at a meeting on another possible project on the CU/Boulder campus!

One of several posters made for the Pluto/Gage event in December. This one takes an image of when the nitrogen plains meets the ice mountains on Pluto. A quick mirroring & and repetition and viola!!