Welcome to the Navman art blog. This is the logbook for my repertory of continuous projects with a maritime twist. If you scroll down far enough you will find "Neo Nike", "Pedestal Designs as Sculpture" and other non-maritime related works.
In his classic poem "The Drunken Ship" Arthur Rimbaud talks about a boat that says "I". Roland Barthes interpreted this to mean that the vessel was its own captain and that it took orders only from itself. There was no other authority onboard. In this way the vessel was free to navigate in the direction it felt compelled to follow. This metaphor fairly characterises my body of work. My art is the ship and I am the passenger, though I am allowed to take the wheel at times and play captain.
The hull and the sea it floats on are constructed as they go and consist of the materials, surfaces and mediums with which I work. Wood and bronze are the predominant materials.
I create my own aids and obstacles to this navigation.
What the final form of the vessel will be I have no idea as all of its parts, from the ballast to the cleats, are spread out across thousands of sheets of paper and diverse objects, not to mention isolated performances. I conceive and fantasize of wholes but can only produce fragments.
A retrospective would result in bundles of my work assembled into rafts.
Why not buy a boat and go sailing? Because my voyage is inward. Its a voyage down, through , up and across worlds restricted to mortals. However, news can be brought back from these places. The articulation of the ship is both the medium and the message. The form of ship it takes to get to these nether regions is also the meaning of these regions. In my ship the wheel spins and still the ship maintains its course.
Within this body of work the references to the world of yachting and its etiquette, rules and regulations are legion . . . . and I have forgotten what they mean.
Haven For Ancient Mariners
Yacht Godsare a visual manifestation of some of the various gods exerting their influence on the ways and means of the typical yacht. I hope to arrive at an image of the supreme being that helms all of these influences. I am not Catholic and yet the Virgin is a theme to be reckoned with in the repertoire of Western art. Below, the Virgin of The Bilge sees her reflection in the water slushing around in that part of the boat so reminiscent of a grotto.
Virgin of The Bilge
The Boat Man Cometh . . .
A performance exploring the archetypes of place and cult.
I have included this project here because of the aero and hydrodynamic similarities it has with sailboats.
In 1999 I made a new Victory of Samothraki to replace the Victory which is now on display in the Louvre in Paris. The "performance" consisted of taking the new Victory to Samothraki and offerring it to the inhabitants of the mystical island in the Northern Cyclades. There is a film that recounts the voyage called "Max and the Walking Sculpture" produced by Circa 01 in France.
NON MARITIME WORKS
Here are works stemming from other subjects of interest. The two common threads here are inquiries into the nature and origin of some of the tools of the trade of making art and anthropomorphism.
This is a continuous project where I investigate the symbiosis between pedestals and sculptures and develop the sculptural potential of the pedestal.
Pictured above is the EC-2 rocket pedestal harnessing the vertical motion potential set in motion by Brancusi.
Some recent "findings":
The pedestal is a constant "A quantity taken to have a fixed value in a specified (sculptural) context". When this value is altered either the pedestal and the sculpture can no longer stand together or their roles are reversed.
In her book Death Comes For The Archbishop Willa Cather describes vital one to one relationships between natural elements. She is describing the mesa country in New Mexico as the Bishop rides to Acoma ( a mesa village one can still visit today): "The great tables of granite set down in an empty plain were inconceivable without their attendant clouds, which were a part of them, as the smoke is part of the censer, or the foam of the wave."
"YOUR GAZE IS MY MEANING"
I am only loved for my body.
You supply the mind. Hasn't it always been a matter of mind over matter?
DIY S is a series of catalogues with instructions for making sculptures at home with materials easily found either at home or in local DIY stores.
DIY Sculpture Catalogues are available through Printed Matter in New York City.
ADVANCED diy SCULPTURE Wind Root V
4. Drawing Methods
I draw with a wide array of techniques including but not limited to::
cars, objects covered in graphite which are then applied to paper or over which paper is placed and then rubbed, etching surfaces with pencil points (and then filling the groove with pencil strokes), making the pencil line reach saturation ( no more graphite can be applied to any visible degree), drawing from animated images , drawing from representations of natural phenomena, Drawing With Sculptures . . .
I have put pencils in place of feet under pedestals. The haphazard virtually motionless motion of a pedestal leaves its traces on the floor like a seismograph.
Attach a pencil to just about any object and you can reach a whole new dimension in drawing.
Logo Drawing: Draw a logo that combines all the work in a specific series. Draw every work of that series into the form of the logo, or let the form be created from the amalgam of all the works drawn together. Later in life do the same for your life's work.
Sometimes you keep a pencil in your shirt pocket and end up stabbing a girl in the neck with it when you kiss her. You're kissing her and she begins to squirm and so you hold her closer and she squirms even more and so ( ah, the hell with it) you let go and she bursts free holding her hand to her neck over the black and red spot you accidently made with your pencil. What a drawing!
Deep Sea Drawing
In the summer of 2009 I donned the cap of Captain Culture and invited guests to sail into the open ocean far from the sight of land to draw the sea.