Focusing upon the final show I’ve begun to create a bi-plane. The amazement of flying, the recent headlines surrounding the Dreamliner, my own long flight to Japan all led to me researching ‘flight’.
I discovered interesting facts, the wright bros started with gliders then moved to powered flights. The planes were crazily dangerous with the fuel line running directly underneath the one passenger – the pilot!
I found this quote very interesting:
“They also realized that trial-and-error with different wings on full-size gliders was too costly and time-consuming. Putting aside the three-wheel bicycle, they built a six-foot wind tunnel in their shop and conducted systematic tests on miniature wings from October to December 1901. The “balances” they devised and mounted inside the tunnel to hold the wings looked crude, made of bicycle spokes and scrap metal, but were “as critical to the ultimate success of the Wright brothers as were the gliders.”
I’ve begun to create my own bi plane – it’s fairly large scale with 7 foot wings. I’ve ordered propellers and making a rudder. Bronze is going to combined into the work. It’s based upon a model airfix bi plane – Kitty Hawk.
PLANE RESEARCH AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM
I’ve been researching the early days of flying. The worlds first ever flight was in a hot sir balloon that nearly caught on fire. At the Science museum they have a whole gallery devoted to flight. The models there are really interesting and are a big influence on my work.
Ceramic Seagull and found wood, gilded.
In Progress stages of works, including Nodding Donkey, Water Tower, American Windmill Etc.
Also installations including Wind Farm. This exhibition also features paintings by Sean Penlington, which we both curated together.
The Bear Pub – Friday 8 March 6-8pm
296 Camberwell New Road, SE5 0RP
Buses 36, 436 and 185 from Vauxhall Bridge Road to Sacred Hearts School
Featuring: Kelly Akers, Jennifer Hawkins, Cheryl Papasian & Alex Wood
These images below are ‘in progress’ where I have been incorporating motors. I have combined unusual materials including carpet gripper with in this piece.
Wind Farm Model – Creation in Progress
This involves an unsteady floor and kinetic elements including fans.
I have begun to create oil rig type structures or ‘platforms’, exploring the idea that they could become redundant in the future, and also an awe of their intricate structure. They are colossal and most are decommissioned. However some are for sale:
“Well-maintained 20-room platform for sale. Panoramic sea views and a Heli deck.”
“If it is not purchased, the North Sea drilling platform will have to be decommissioned and disassembled by the current owners.”
This really interests me, and I have begun to create kinetic models using low-fi materials. Combined with the low-fi materials are also bronzes, and fine porcelain with gold lustres and gilded elements. It creates a juxtaposition between the materials.