Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Record - Exhibition at the Nasher

There is an interesting exhibit up at the Nasher Museum of Art called The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl. The featured works by 41 artists from around the world explore the culture of vinyl records within the history of contemporary art. The participating artists used vinyl records as the subject or the medium for their pieces. I worked on one of the sculptures with my friend Dan Furgurson for Satch Hoyt. Satch is an incredible artist from Berlin. The Nasher brought him over to construct his piece and do some lectures during the build. He hired Dan and I to help with the fabrication. Satch was wonderful to work with as both a designer and a human being. The Nasher ended up purchasing the piece when we were finished. The sculpture is called Celestial Vessel. It is a 16 foot long canoe made of red vinyl records. Here are some photos of the work in progress and two videos.

Satch had several boxes of red vinyl records which we were to make into a canoe. We built a steel frame and attached the records to it with strong earth magnets. The magnets allowed us to remove the vinyl for shipping and storage, and also gave us the freedom to reposition them as we needed.

The steel structure was TIG welded upside down 

Placing the records evenly around the compound curves of the ends of the canoe was challenging.

We were working in the beautiful Liberty Arts open air foundry in Durham NC.

It was great working with Satch. He played amazing melodies on his flute while we were welding.    He is an accomplished musician as well as a visual artist.

The finished sculpture ready to be boxed up and taken to the Nasher. The steel frame comes apart in three sections.

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