I mentioned that I had been working on a piece involving a window pane…

The Window Pane
The Window Pane

My thought was to have the moon behind the pane and some action going on in front of it. I cut out a piece of plywood that would serve as a backing for the piece, and covered it with some black fabric. I liked the idea of having a multi-layered ground, and so experimented by putting some of the pieces on the pane and some underneath:

Two layers of ground
The window pane separates the two layers of ground

Also some little creatures started coming to life, with little latch pieces as heads and springs as bodies. One spring was already flattened, the other one had to be encouraged with a hammer:

The floating creatures come to life!
The floating creatures come to life!

The discoloration seen in the moon is the metal itself, not any painting. There would be a few touchups to it, but the color of circle largely determined the color of the background.

Having started working on background figures, I also set to work on a foreground figure as well. As those were flying, it seemed to make sense that this one should be standing and witnessing their aerial acrobatics. I found a small door bracket of some sort, and it became the head, with an impressive tuft of hair:

The Observer
The Observer (sans eyes)

A small handle became the arms, another cabinet door part the main body, and a thingamabob the neck. The eventual right eye would serve to connect to the frame of the wondow:

The Observer on the Frame
The Observer gets his eyes, and a place to stand

The front largely finished, I started again on the back. I gave the little gliding figures some more definition. One has a smaller spring within the main spring body, the other has a small key as a tail, and both have plastic jewel eyes.

The Gliders get a sense of refinement
The Gliders get a sense of refinement

I nailed these pieces, as well as the outer moon rim, to the plywood. As the plywood is so thin, I had to saw off the nail ends on the back. All that was left was to bring the two pieces together. I screwed the plywood to the frame and it was done:

Moon Spirits: The Gliders
Moon Spirits: The Gliders

I found it very difficult to get a good shot of this piece due the window pane. If there was fairly good light, the pane would have too much reflection. As a result, I had to use low light, so am not able to get as much detail as I would have liked.

This piece is called “Moon Spirits: The Gliders.” It is about 12 x 8 x 2 inches and is currently unavailable. Feel free to contact me, and see a complete listing of the Moon Spirits here.

Moon Spirits: The Gliders (angle view)
Moon Spirits: The Gliders (angle view)

 

Night Flight: “The Gliders”
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4 thoughts on “Night Flight: “The Gliders”

  • October 24, 2011 at 10:45 am
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    Amazing..and wonderful. Scott..once again you recycle “thingamabobs” into the most original and exhilarating art. How I could feel the sense of flying in the moonlight (almost like a big desert red moon) and the witness, grounded but observing (no doubt, with a large degree of envy) their flaunting of gravity, and their sense of gliding freedom. So much movement and a whole short story of narrative, in just one window pane..I love it!

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    • October 26, 2011 at 10:35 am
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      Thanks Kari! One thing I have enjoyed about this series is the idea of narrative that you bring up…that there is some background to these creatures. What it is, I can’t quite say, but will leave that to you, and other observers (including the observer in the piece!)

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  • October 25, 2011 at 7:43 am
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    Oh this art looks like so much fun, to create as well as to look at and feel. You take otherwise fairly useless objects, even junk… and then look at them with your magical eyes and imagination…. then breathe life into them, create beings…and little cool high art environments!! I wonder what it must feel like to go through your boxes of stuff…seeking something to spark your imagination, childlike…and that energy is transmitted in each piece…I love these pieces…serious art pieces, yet playful and quite exquisite. Fun!

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    • October 26, 2011 at 10:41 am
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      Jan, thanks for your kind words! When looking through all my discarded objects, I usually start by finding something that has a curious shape, or an interesting personality. And then start playing with the parts…it sometimes seems like a big jigsaw puzzle, except that there is not one defined “solution” and that which ends up sometimes takes me by surprise. And I am glad that you like the mixture of serious and playful…art doesn’t alway have to be somber 🙂

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