Back to the Grind
Works on steel that involved painting and a reductive process using an industrial grinder. These works allude to etching as much as photography.They were part of the 1993 and 1994 editions of Durham Art Fest.
Photo by Steven Wiggins
Grind, 1993, rust paint on steel door,10' x 10'
Man with the Iron Neck, 1993, rust paint on steel door, 10' x 10'
Based on a circus poster from the Sells-Floto Circus of a performer who jumped from a platform with what looked like a noose around his neck. (could have been the first bungee cord). It still never ended well. The Snowbird planes in the upper left suggest the risk in flying through space. There were three crashes between 1991 and 1992 luckily with no fatalities but Whitby born Michael VandenBos was not so lucky in1998.
What Does It Mean, 1993, rust paint on steel door, 10' x 10'
The following metal works are based on the photographs of 19th century photo pioneer Etienne-Jules Marey. Marey and Eadweard Muybridge's movement experiments hastened the invention of film.
Hommage to Marey 1, 1993, rust paint on stainless steel 68" x 30"
Hommage to Marey 2, 1993, rust paint on stainless steel, 68" x 30"
Hommage to Marey 3, 1994, rust paint on steel door, 8' x 8'
Hommage to Marey 4, 1994, rust paint on steel door, 8' x 8'
Hommage to Marey 5, 1994, rust paint on steel door, 7' x 10'