Monday, May 2, 2016

Everything is Broken

My art year runs on its own calendar; the year starts in April or so.  This year has been a little different in that my usual three-season physical art production - limited by the lack of heat in the work room (aka 'garage')- has gone to four seasons, year-round, with the addition of 3D printing.

A few things are in place for this year; I'll be showing at Sculpturefest (Woodstock, Vermont) again in July, and then something on the King Farm (also Woodstock) in early autumn.  There are vague rumors of potential other things - best not to talk about those yet.

This weekend was about broken things.

My work for last year's Sculpturefest, The Argument, was placed into a private collection last autumn.  Here it is in its new home.

For some crazy reason I did not stake The Argument when I installed it.  In November, I received a panicked email from the owners.  The Argument had blown over in a storm.

Things looked grim.

Really grim.

In November, I spent a few hours on repairs.  I had to disassemble some of the sections, decrumple a number of the beams and joins, and put everything back together.  Repair work stopped when winter hit.

Earlier this spring, I finished the repair work.  Yesterday, I moved the piece a few feet to meet the aesthetic vision of the owners and replaced temporary stakes with permanent ones.  

This image does not have the best lighting but does show that The Argument is now back on its feet.  The owners are very happy with the piece.  I'm very happy that they are very happy.

Some of my work this year incorporates 'second generation' mesh construction.  This entails an extruded aluminum armature with 3D printed standoffs supporting the wire mesh.  There's more to it, but that's all you need to know for now.

While I was working on The Argument, my happy little printer was printing away, working on two supports for my prototype.  It had a little problem, and then it got worse.

Here's the technically-accurate version of what happened.  If you don't grok 3D printing, you can skip to the simple version below.

The third standoff prototype (shown above) had problems with the part failing to adhere to the raft.  I use a raft because I can't seem to get the part to print directly to the bed.  The part is printed in PLA, polylactic acid.  I recently bought some PVA, polyvinyl alcohol, a plastic filament that dissolves in water, with the idea that I would use the PVA for complex supports.  I decided to print the raft with PVA to take care of the adhesion problem.  The raft printed great but the PLA appears to have not stuck to it.  Two finished parts-worth of extruded PLA ended up stuck to one of my extruders.  While removing the plastic, I ripped the leads off the thermistor that controls that extruder.  

I broke the printer.  The new thermistor is on its way; hopefully I'll be up and running by the end of the week.

That's all for now...  Back to the art mines.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Life On Mars?

Most esteemed Friend of the Collective, Dan X. Herr (aka Mr. Darkness) has recorded this sweet cover song in homage to the Thin White Kook. Share and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Not All Progress Looks Like Progress.

I got a lovely rejection letter recently. My novel manuscript did not win a publishing contest, but it was a finalist. In addition to giving me invaluable specific feedback, the letter writer said, "Please persist. Your talent is evident."

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Order Now for Valentimeliness

Contribute to my incipient-novelist fund and receive a unique art/photo-assemblage card with a brief handwritten novel excerpt inside. (For Valentine's Day orders, please specify Sweet, Steamy, or Cynical.)

PayPal $8 to trepan8 at yahoo dot com -- Include prose flavor preference and addressee's mailing address. (Also specify if you want to receive card[s] with the inside right panel blank, to add your own message.) $10 for rush orders.

Two for $13: choose a second recipient (card will be totally different) or receive a second unique card at the same address, months from now when you've forgotten all about it.

Ten for $60 (all rather different) -- Support the arts and send your own unique greetings throughout the year!

Deluxe, Limited Edition -- $14 buys you the Extra Postage Required version. Deluxe collage-assemblages may include tiny bones, rusted metal, fabric, or other found-object elements. Sent in padded envelope.

It is fun to get mail. < citation needed >

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


In the Aerie, things have been melting, coalescing, crystallizing, (oxidizing)...

Meanwhile, super-secret things are happening over at bxiievision (go and see!)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2016: Year of the Half-Pony Half-Monkey Monster

Things To Do: Make more art. Collaborate more. Share art with more people. Do other cool stuff we haven't thought of yet.

"Deathstar" 3D-print sculpture by Bxiie visiting "Art Killing Jar 1" (containing 3D print of "Anniversary" by Bxiie)