DOUBLE PARALLEL II (2020) is a sculpture of mine made of solid bass cut with a water jet machine, and... Read More
DOUBLE PARALLEL II (2020) is a sculpture of mine made of solid bass cut with a water jet machine, and 1.27cm thick red transparent Plexiglas. This particular sculpture of mine is in a very big way influenced by my being a jazz and improvising tenor saxophonist. Up to this year I've been using aluminum but had this idea and really wanted to create it using brass. I feel the brass and red Plexiglas really compliment each other...such warm colors! I've also thought a lot about the idea of parallel lines not intersecting over time. I also wanted in this piece a larger area of pure red transparent Plexi (or acrylic) glass. I have this memory as a young boy doing downhill skiing and wearing those yellow polarizing googles and how it just transformed the environment and the snow on the mountain. I wanted some element of that for a viewer in this piece, of course its a different color, but that's some of the concept behind this piece.
These pieces for me are a "hybrid" form of art: combining concepts borrowed from melodic, harmonic and rhythmic musical structures, architecture and 3D forms. Space is a big part of these works- both in the visual aesthetic and particular look of these works, but also in a practical way as sounds do move through, in and around these sculptures quite well! Over time, specific pieces of music have been written and/or improvised, sometimes live, along with these works. Specific music & sounds a as they relate to this sculptures I think of as an added material to the aluminum & Plexiglas: "sound material" in a way, that helps add and create an atmospheric quality around and through these works. The "open-ness" of these works for me is important also in that I've found the form/design lets in and reveals the environment where they are placed. If placed outside, they seem to have a certain visual dialog with nature; indoors there is a dialog within an architectural interior. I like that a viewer can look through these sculptures, either through the acrylic glass pieces that can 'color' a viewers perception (if it's transparent, colored Plexiglas of course!), or just looking through the spaces and forms that make up the sculpture(s), or as I refer to them: Resonant Structures.
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