Friday, October 08, 2010

"Sturgeon Mama and Her Dream Lover" in foam and clay, plus a little more Kevin Smith than usual. Wait, what?

I am fairly certain that children do not read my blog, but there are some vulgar/sexual/NSFW/vice-ridden language, material and topics in the audio, video and linked sites of this post (as well as the text).

Do not play the cartoon for small children, homophobes or those opposed to blasphemy... or yourself, maybe. Just skip to the sculpture pics.

Other than that, it's really hilarious stuff;
consider yourself warned.

Part 1):

Greetings, BingoRagers;

Our first order of business is to thank Joseph Carlson, of Spirit Fire Park, for his hard work at the park this year, he personally spearheaded the achievements of the muralwall and outdoor theatre space, during an unforgivingly wet summer. Also, a big thanks to our paintball buddies who are always willing to swing a hammer and pick. The wall’s strength and the shelter of the forts come from these men and growing number of women. - email for open paintball times, stage info., dj/karaoke services and park viewing times.

An OAC Northern Arts grant supported many public art infrastructure works this year, at the park, as well as public art installations. The muralwall construction, expansion of the paintball-safe zone, creation of a stage with backstage wings and power access. A new "fort"/canvas has been started, which will provide new inspiration for artistic expression, theatre and gaming creativity.

BVA and SFP collaborating on first paint, a stylised text and graphic mural fronting the main entrance.

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We also have paintball team logos and youth muraling on the new canvas. We'll be seeking new artists to be inspired and throw new paint. upcoming mural workshops, a public papier mache workshop and the foam/clay modeling and paper replication of several BVA pieces this year. Projects include: a large, stylised sturgeon fish model (a paper copy of which will be installed in the late spring of 2011), several large masks for the SFP Theatre

and the new foam and clay model of an archetypal legend, "Sturgeon Mama and Her Dream Lover".

There is always an emerging of new ways to see the world, as generations and culture passes. It feels like there is a new, emerging public art in Northwestern Ontario. Something to replace the "big thing" meme of the 50's and 60's, that scattered giant moose statues, giant coins, giant geese, the underachieving local big chair and the enigmatic bigfoot statue of Vermillion Bay.

Can you imagine a time when there won't be any physical public art? It sometimes feels like society is headed there.

At Spirit Fire Park, we have created an emergent public cultural space with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council and our own paintball membership; we are literally creating a "new public".
I highly recommend the CBC Ideas series on "the origin of the modern public" (MP3 links- Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

We intend to increase our public presence, the width and depth of artistic collaborations, in order that we join our voices and share the building of the future.


Do you have an idea for a public installation and need a place to put it, when it's done?, Or a place, to build it in place? We have space and labour. Writing a grant and need a location? Gives us an email.

* Transportation and installation costs need to be addressed, before "delivery" or "maintenance agreement". Do not cold call onsite with artworks, please.


My good friends at Anurag Art have generously offered to cast me a bronze piece of recent work, I am considering the "dream lover" mask detail.

* Broken Vulture Art, Spirit Fire Park and Anurag Art are seeking patrons for bronze replica purchases of the finished foam and clay model, plus one available five year sponsorship opportunity; A bronze installation at Spirit Fire Park and gift to the SFP permanent collection. Click to see sponsorship and purchase details for "Sturgeon Mama" bronze.


I finally put some stuff up, at my ETSY shop.

A few pieces of Broken Vulture Art beadwork jewelry, so far. Perhaps I will post one of the smaller paintings, there.



So, what do Kevin Smith and his vulger, merry men have to do with art, or at least my art? I have been video-documenting and photo-documenting much of the painting and sculpture of Broken Vulture Art and Spirit Fire Park, before and throughout our current grant period. Lately, much of the work is inside the BingoRage Studio and much of the background audio has been SmodCastle product. It makes me laugh, which transfers to paint and form... beautifully.


I have been listening to Kevin Smith's podcast, the "SMOdcast", for a couple years. He and longtime collaborator, Scott Mosier, have begun a journey of empire-building, right before my eyes. They are raising a baby podcasting empire; and it feels like a new type of cultural space is emerging from "new media".

It looks alot like an extended family that has chosen to broadcast its life.

At first, there was only one.

The original "Smodcast" featured writer/director Kevin Smith and his producer, friend and film partner, Scott Mosier, speaking about their lives and their collaborative works. They had partnered on a series of distinct and independent films... mostly successful.
Kevin Smith (Wikipedia entry)

Because of the cheap, familial and efficient way that Kevin ran his films, many of his close friends became his actors, muses and collaborators in other traditional media, and then Smodcast.

His artistic gravity and personality has pulled them through the fringes of Hollywood, hockey, New Jersey, Canadian culture, professional arts, superheroes, men and women, vice and morality, victory and failure; it is a font of shared experience, old grudges, true bromance, bad language, merciless judgement, deliberate, transparent lies. The bizarre and truthful discussions that they have are transfixing. They run the spectrums of topic and tone; from insightful and sublime observation, to depraved and filthy discussion of extremely adult topics, to moments of transcendent laughter, to flashes of shamed belligerence. It's happy, profane and real stuff.
Except for the bullshit.

The beast has reproduced.

Instead of just hosting his buddies as stand-ins, while Scott is away, or Kevin is away from the singular Smodcast, he's bankrolled an expansion of his online presence; varied content, serious production goals, Smod-based artwork and animations. There's new recording equipment for his East Coast comic bookstore, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash.

Longtime friends, film and comic collaborators and podcast collaborators, Walt, Steve-Dave and BryQ hold down the Jersey beat with "Tell 'em Steve-Dave" and "The Pucknuts". Pucknuts is brand new and a great hockey show. Unfortunately, they are diehard NJ Devil fans and can't be taken too seriously.

Kevin bought his own SmodCastle, a theatre on the West Coast, so that he can host live shows in his own venue. No time constraints and nobody trying to tell him or his friends what they can or cannot say. It must have been liberating. There are now 5 or 6 fairly consistent podcasts in production, and talk of others in the works. This is really good news for fans of the extended Askewniverse, since it means less hiatus, when Mr. Smith is working on a new film. Kevin is currently working on his long-anticipated "Red State". Supposedly a horror film, a new direction for him, but I am in great anticipation to see what he does with the genre.

The new "Smodimation" cartoon (#8), "The Crapture" (part 1),
is based on a fragment of conversation from Smodcast #52.


Bingopost: Part 2) It lives in foam and clay, but awaits the bronzen transmogrification and paper legacy.

Sturgeon Mama and Her Dream Lover
(Most pics click for larger detail)

Current projects include: a large, stylised sturgeon fish model (a paper copy of which will be installed at SFP, in the late spring of 2011), several large masks for the SFP Theatre and the new foam and clay model of an ancient goddess, "Sturgeon Mama and Her Dream Lover".

Before our first duck hunt, I had started carving a new foam sculptural core; an in the round, vertical composition. I showed Zach from Anurag Art, then the Honcho Bilbo. They were suitably excited.

The doggies, however reserved all excitement for the puddle ducks. we'll get them some big diver flocks at the end of the month.

The Curmudgeon(TM) was not consulted about the foam,

because of the drama raised by the pursuit of foam from his MN headquarters, previously. A two day game of cold-calling and phone tage had degenerated to shifting bouts of denouncements, weak happy-go-lucky-talk, weeping and pleading, threats and idle speculation about the farmsex habits of many foam clerks. Brief hope and abject failure. He was there for that rollercoaster and has no stomach for talk of foam, at this time.

I had to move the piece onto a table, in order to get better access to the bottom half. The top half is encased in modeling clay with a rough finish, but the bottom half is bare, clunky foam. It is beginning to show some promise, however. I want to give the "sturgeon mama" body enough sturgeony detail, that it will pop. Also, I want to ad some quirky little details to the dead space at the bottom. Maybe a crayfish, shell, minnows, waterbugs, or rusty fishing lure: The kinds of thing that kids will notice and delight in finding.

I finally cleared a space on a table and heaved it up so I can do some fine work on the lowest parts of the form. The topmost element was too heavy and thin; it cracked-off.

No problemo; I have to sculpt them separately, now, then integrate them "in the wax" or papier mache part of the replication processes. I can pull good paper casts off the separate pieces and join them. It's necessary to cut the paper into several pieces, to remove it from the form. After the paper casts are rejoined, they can be filled with foam for rigidity, painted and sealed for installation.

The big face of Sturgeon Mama emerged from the negative space and backing material behind the first mask element. The blue areas show where clay and foam has been removed.


Updates and new video, shortly.



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