My Sculpture Weblog: The S2B

Introducing the “S2B” or Sculptural-SliderBead.

This piece builds on the SB 312 sculpture I launched earlier this 12 months. Whereas that work was a static sculpture with purely aesthetic aspirations, this subsequent entry has kinetic parts that drastically change the way in which the work is skilled.

When dealing with the unique SB-312 sculpture, there was one thing I simply couldn’t shake concerning the geometry. I stored feeling that I wished the three legs of the piece to slip up and down so I may reposition them.

It was a case the place the implied performance of the piece was each apparent and highly effective, so I resolved that this was the route for this subsequent work within the sequence. 

However with performance comes a distinct set of challenges which might affect the visible parts of the piece.

In an effort to obtain a transferring mechanic, the composition wanted to be elongated and enlarged, Principally to accommodate the magnetic association that achieved the movement I wished, but additionally to enhance the grip on the piece.

The magnets create an fascinating haptic really feel as the person sliders leap from place to place. Anybody who remembers the MG sequence can in all probability see it is a related performance, albeit a bit inverted with a lot much less reliance on magnetic pressure to carry the work collectively.

The S2B has a customized shoulder bolt that retains and constrains the movement of every sliding component.

Mechanics weren’t the one factor influencing the look of this sculpture. When you keep in mind from my put up on SB-312 One factor I hoped to attain on this sequence was to discover some fashionable unique metals—in a cautious and considerate method that performed on to a single chosen materials. 

For this sequence I’ve launched a fabric generally known as Mokume-gane which is a novel metallic laminate supposed to imitate wooden grain. This materials has its origins in seventeenth century Japan with the making of decorative samurai swords. 

The method for making Mokume-gane finally discovered its means west, into jewellery making and different ornamental traditions, and most not too long ago into a way more industrialized (if nonetheless ornamental) type of machined artwork.


In researching this materials, I used to be reminded of why I’m so cautious about bringing unique supplies into my observe. Whereas it’s straightforward to simply purchase a novel materials and begin chopping to fulfill an ornamental finish, I believe loads is missed that means.

Mokume-gane is a fancy and diverse materials with an interesting historical past, it feels bizarre to simply choose it up and use it with out some sort of formal introduction. For example, there are a couple of methods to make the fabric, one thing I want to study extra about.

Jewelers typically incorporate a wide range of noble and base metals into varied formulations as effectively. Some use extra treasured metals like gold and silver of their dwelling brewed variations of Mokume-gane, whereas different variations are extra economical, containing principally copper alloys and nickel silver.

The fabric I used, which is extra suitably sized for machine work, consists of layers of brass, copper, and nickel silver. Every variation of Mokume-gane behaves in a different way and might be completed and patinated in a wide range of methods. Which once more, I nonetheless have a lot to study.

Admittedly, my use of Mokume-gane right here is fairly straight ahead and in step with different machined artwork that I’ve seen (all of us study from doing although). The end on this prototype is a straightforward etch with ferric chloride to deliver out distinction within the metals and matte the end. 

The sculpture measures 2″ lengthy and 1.5″ Diameter

I sit up for incorporating this distinctive materials in a extra complete means sooner or later, however for now, this is step one in my schooling. 

Above are among the considerations and issues of this materials. 


Some closing ideas.

As I proceed to pursue these small sculptures, it has emerged that my two completely different modes of working, kinetic and extra conventional sculpture, is perhaps slowly converging.

I’m much less wedded to the thought of incorporating a mechanic for my small work, and extra open to the thought in bigger one-of-a-kind items. Typically I start a design with a mechanic in thoughts, but it surely turns into unworkable and I abandon it in favor of a extra achieved static sculpture. The inverse can be turning into true and I’ve discovered myself designing bigger works with no intention of including kinetic parts, solely to be tempted by alternatives to just do that.

Maybe, simply perhaps, I’m turn into much less inflexible in what I hope to attain with any given design, favoring a extra fluid course of. I believe one would possibly describe that, as private progress.

Anyway, hope you benefit from the piece.

Notes for collectors: As has turn into customary, I shall be providing these works up as a one time restricted version.

It is possible for you to to amass them individually, or as a set. Pricing and all related particulars of the sale shall be posted on the time of enroll.  (please notice that Mokume-gane is a significantly costlier materials and this may mirror in pricing) 

The enroll will go reside on Thursday July seventh at 11 AM EST. I’ll go away the enroll open for a bit longer than normal as a result of I do know a whole lot of you might be touring this time of 12 months. In all probability every week to 10 days, after which the books will shut perpetually.  

I’ll put up the enroll hyperlink to my e mail publication, right here on the weblog, in addition to on my instagram web page.

Notes on Mokume-gane: For these pondering of amassing the Mokume-gane model of this work—this metallic is used typically in jewellery making, but it surely doesn’t imply that it’s an inert materials.  Like Brass or copper, Mokume-gane requires care to keep up. It’s going to tarnish of not frequently waxed after dealing with. Some individuals benefit from the look of this, others don’t.  

Moreover, Any time you combine metals in an surroundings the place they are going to be involved with an acid (you, your physique) it invitations one thing known as galvanic corrosion. Dealing with this materials will change it over time, in methods which are onerous to foretell. It could be the case that the fabric will merely change colour or the etch might deepen in a means that’s pleasing, however I need to be clear that that is experimental artwork, engaged in with open eyes and sensible expectations. Right here is a link to an extreme example of what can occur to the same materials below what I take into account to be excessive situations. 

I can’t converse to the precise materials or technique used. Clearly you received’t be carrying this piece of artwork day and evening, not to mention subjecting it to a complete submersion in an acidic medium. The experiment within the article is fascinating and academic, however not reflective of any actual world state of affairs that may unfold with this sculpture. In contrast to a hoop, you will not be washing your arms with it, dealing with acidic meals (sure additionally urine is an issue with jewellery), or bathing with it. I’d not count on something of this magnitude to happen with the work below regular use. However I believe it is very important inform collectors so we’re all on the identical web page. 

When you intend to frivolously use the work, and show it, I count on it’ll carry out completely effectively. There are examples of Mokume-gane craftwork which are a whole bunch of years previous.

So with that mentioned, if any of that sounds scary to you, if any patina or change within the materials is unacceptable to you, or you’re a severe fidgeter who needs probably the most sturdy object you will get, I’d merely steer you to the chrome steel model of the work. Chrome steel, no doubt, will outlast us all.

Thanks once more, and as all the time, feedback and questions are welcome.