An artist's studio can tell you a lot about how serious they are. It can also tell you how deep or (in my case) not deep their pockets are.
I have been working on improvements to my studio recently and the latest addition is a 4 by 8 foot work table. I can't say how excited I am about it.
Many artists see their studios as a science lab with experiments bubbling away in every corner. Like scientists, some experiments yield something interesting and worth investigating further, others do not. In my practice, I do many experiments with materials and ideas that may or may not ever turn into something useful.
Here is something I've been experimenting with. It's a fabric mold for concrete.
Here's the sketch idea.
Here I am sewing the fabric mold.
Here the mold has been filled and is held in place by inserting a stiff upright into the center and stuffing plastic around the inside.
And finally, here is the final (not super successful) product. This is one of those experiments that warrants some more attempts. I am currently waiting on a new fabric mold to cure.
Shepard Fairey, the artist who's iconic poster of Barak Obama, designed a large mural for the side of a downtown Providence building. Featured in the center of the composition is the former Fleet building (now Bank of America), and landmarks of Providences industrial past. It is now in progress and is scheduled to be finished in mid September. Below is a shot of the progress of the mural so far.
A stereotypical sculptor will be obsessed with materials. My recent material of choice has been cast cement. Whenever I get into these infatuations, I go out there and look to see what others have done with the material to see if I can't get to know it a little bit better. Here are some particularly nice examples of cast concrete that I found out there on the web:
Some of the work above I found on this wonderful blog dedicated to the love of concrete as a material for architecture and art: Concretely Blog