Peace pigeon project

After 12 months I have finally had these pieces photographed. Nash Baker took the photos, I think he did a beautiful job. 

It is a large body of work and I had to choose what should be shot and What would not make the cut.

 


Artist statement

 

In the fall of 2016 I decided to experiment with sculpture materials. I challenged myself to sculpt a new sculpture a week, each week in a different material. As my subject, I chose the German beak crested trumpeter with leg muffs pigeon because he allows me to express a lot of movement and energy. I have many drawings and a bronze sculpture of the German beak trumpeter. From a sculpturing point of view, his feathery feet keep him balanced without a pedestal allowing for lots of the expression of energy and emotion.

 

It turns out that the bird known in the US as a German beak trumpeter pigeon is the same bird that Picasso drew as the peace dove. Everyone knows His famous "peace doves". This particular pigeon was given to him by Henri Matisse. It is described as a Milanese pigeon. Possibly it was from Milan, but you can tell by the fancy feathers on his feet that it is a Germanbeak-crested trumpeter with leg muffs. In German and French, the term pigeon and dove are interchangeable.

 

I am no longer committed to sculpt a peace pigeon a week but I don’t hesitate if a material or found object jumps out at me to turn it into a sculpture. I was not able to photograph these until the end of 2017.

 

http://www.arttimesjournal.com/art/reviews/May_June_10_Ina_Cole/Pablo_Picasso_Ina_Cole.html

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Feather finery  

plaster and yard clippings  

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regenerative agriculture/art the search and research for a new body of work.

Regenerative agriculture/art-                                for some months I have been searching for a way to use my art to promote sustainable living and/or regenerative agriculture in an urban environment. I have had numerous conversations with my son, Griffin Klement, and his fiancé, Alex Groome (both whose life’s work is to save the planet and #livewithdignity), discussing what is the most viable message to communicate to people living in urban communities. Our conversations began on Mother’s Day weekend (2017), when I was visiting them in San Miguel Allende. They gave me a tour of the Via Organica farm that teaches locals how to live in a sustainable way. Yesterday, Alex Groome and I went to a regenerative agriculture farm in Spicewood Texas Terra Purezza to continue my research into what I hope to be a new and important part of my art practice.  

It is hard to pick 1 photo out of the 150 photos I took to represent the day. 

This video clip may not be the most interesting visually but listen to Orion as he sums up their priorities at Terra Purezza.  

http://terrapurezza.com/about/  

 

Tina and Orion Weldon, and Tina’s sister, Karina Mackow were so generous with their time, Alex and I both were very grateful and as well as impressed. They are truly admirable and cutting edge regenerative citizens. 

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Karina, Tina,  Orion and their beloved sounder of swine.  

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Alex Groome (my soon to be daughter in law) taking photos and videos to post on  http://regenerationinternational.org/ 

one of the organizations that she and Griffin have worked hard to helped organize.  

 

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Alex giving one of the Gloucestershire Old Spot (GOS) pigs a good scratch. They love Love Love you to scratch them. They are playful a sweet creatures as well as good to eat.  

post to be continued.  

Silver lining- Boot walk - Artist designed award boots


I was asked by Lourdes Hernandez to design a boot to be used as an award for the MD Anderson boot walk.  Lourdes brought the boot to my studio.  As I was walking her to her car, she told me about her three battles with cancer.  Three battles; and what she talked about was learning what was really important in life.  Her story and her positive attitude inspired my boot — Silver Lining.

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First I painted my boot white.   

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I silver leafed the inside.  

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Silver lining 

“gust”

This hat is planned to be the 2nd in the series. 

I ended up with cool spots in the pour resulting in spots that the bronze did not fill, big spots that did not pour.  :( 

I am going to clean them up and see what can be done to save it.  

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The sprues are cut to the stub  

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I have cut the sprue stub off flush with the felt. 

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I have repaired the texture . 

“gust” patina and playing with the artist statement

10/17/2017  

 

Another Thursday night of applying the patina  to yet another hat. 

 

Woven in felt, every hat tells a story, shaped with memories, recording beliefs, and veiling sorrow, some eloquent and some twisted. Cradled in our imagination, they blow in strange, wonderful ways, spinning from generations that are inhabited by our respect to balancing our present responsibilities and fears. In generations past, in fable and in legend, hats sheltered spirits, represented people and occupations, and defended against the elements. 

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“gust”

11/10/2017

guess what I did last night? 

this is the first piece in the series where the lining has blown away and the moth holes have grown into full fledge hole.  

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The torn grossgrain ribbon and rip in felt. 

Peace pigeon #22

Last fall I started a project - an experiment with new materials. I made a new sculpture every week, with a new material. My subject the German beak - trumpeter pigeon. He is graceful, interesting and conducive to expressing energy. Picasso drew this same pigeon and called him a the peace dove.

http://www.arttimesjournal.com/art/reviews/May_June_10_Ina_Cole/Pablo_Picasso_Ina_Cole.html

I can't seem to stop the project. Here is another pigeon, I found him on our afternoon dog walk.  

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Healthy herds

 A few summers back I drew three monumental  elephant drawings. Enlight of the recent national news I repost these. We need  protect the elephants, we can not risk a mistake, conservation and healthy herds a are a necessary fact to sustain life. 

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“score” #15 artist statement

11/15/2017

As I work on a piece I start tinkering with what the artist statement should be. Many times both the piece and the artist statement take on unexpected directions and meanings. Below is my latest rendition. 

“score”  

artist statement  

From the beginning of time music has been used as a powerful way to influence human emotion. Modern scientists report that music has the ability to change brainwaves that control our emotional energy.  It is presently used not only as an artistic expression, but also in physical and emotional therapy.

“score” was inspired by a slow shutter release photograph of my cousin, Concert Master Andrew Irvin, that captures multiple images as he plays his violin.  Applying this concept of multiple images with the raw materials recycled wire, steel, and white concrete  “score”  embraces both the primal impact, music has on our emotions  and the contemporary elements of music. ”score” not only expresses the energy of playing the violin but also the raw energy expressed through music. The application is raw, emotional and visceral

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“ Score” #11 armature/fingers to hold the bow.

 

This piece is abstract but, in order to capture the gesture I really have to understand where the musician is exerting his energy in regards to how he holds the instrument. I found the below link online that talks about the proper way to hold the bow. I also researched how to hold the violin. It is held with the chin and chest leaving the fingers the ability to move up and down freely.  

 http://www.singingwood.com/violin-bow-hold/HowToHoldTheViolinBow.html

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The fingers that hold the bow.  

The left hand is missing all the fingers. That is the palm and back of the left hand. I will work on the fingers tomorrow.  

The left hand is missing all the fingers. That is the palm and back of the left hand. I will work on the fingers tomorrow.  

“Score” post #10 right arm

I have attached the right upper and forearm, hopefully in the right place. I am welding the armature for the concrete part of the sculpture. Attached to this armature will be the metal lath that the concrete rest on and the additional wire that will extend outside of the Concrete showing the energy of the music created by the violinist. I see the violinist as a pedestal for the sculpture. A very specific pedestal. 

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Right arm and torso

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front view 

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View or right side

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View from back  

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Left side  

 

the bayling wire head head is a stand in. It was laying in my studio. 

“Score” post #9 repositioning the left forearm....

....to hold the muIcal instrument. 

I need to repositioning the left forearm to hold the violin. I have a bailing wire face attached to you he neck of the armature to help me visualize where the head would be. 

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front view

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left side of front

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left side 

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backside

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figures backright side 

Front right side of figure

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I am excited that the piece still balances on it’s own, however it is starting to want to lean forward. In order to keep it balanced I will add the right arm next. 

Why are some people ready, why do some people know the moment?

People ask me all the time where  do I get my ideas. And I too am fascinated by where creativity comes from. I do not believe it can be taught and for most part it is not easy to describe as creativity, it is one of the great mysteries of the brain. However the Eudora Welty quote in Glasstire this morning beautifully states how I often find inspiration, or how inspiration often finds me.

 “The title That Day underscores the viewer’s sense of being there beside the photographer and the way in which the captured moment remains ever fresh in the image, some of which were made as early as 1979. That was the year when Dallas-based Wilson began assisting Richard Avedon with his own six-year photography project, In The American West. Describing Avedon’s portraiture process in her 2004 book, Avedon At Work In The American West, Wilson noted that he would wait for what Eudora Welty called “a story teller’s truth… the moment in which people reveal themselves. You have to be ready, in yourself; you have to know the moment when you see it.” “ http://glasstire.com/author/gene-fowler/



I guess the question should be why are some people ready, why do some people know the moment?

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coo roo-c'too-coo- peace pigeon project #21

I was walking through the TXRX wood shop and on top of the garbage was this beautiful torn up Semi-rigid Flexible Steel Pipe Clean Air Conditioner Duct.  Inspiration- such a beautiful material - I am pretty sure my eyes got big with excitement.  “it had me at hello” or coo roo-c'too-coo. I must make a pigeon to add to last year’s peace pigeon project. 

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Torn up heat vent from the TxRx garbage.   

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Needs some tweaking and securing but not bad. Pigeon # 18

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View from back side.

 

since this is made from a Semi-rigid Flexible Steel Pipe Clean Air Conditioner Duct I shall call it  “one hot chick”