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Orange Circle Mobile. Kinetic Art Video

It has been a long move from the last studio to this new space. More time has been spent packing, moving and unpacking tools and artwork than actually making things.

I think some downsizing and focus will help.

There are new shops and galleries looking at my work and it seems to make sense that the first images that appear on this site are available for sale.

So there will be a bunch of re-posts of pieces that are still in my possession.
Also, it will be good to spend more time with the WordPress community!

Remember this one?

Bright orange! No black on this one.

There are five or so new circle mobiles from last winter that are being finished and painted now that the weather is better for paint to dry. There is a make-shift spray booth in my studio that is small and not great to use so waiting for good outdoor conditions is better for me.

There will be more effort to include colors this round thanks to input and encouragement from helpful bloggers and followers. Thank you!

Kinetic sculpture is one of my favorite art forms. Not just because the sculptures move and change. It is also because of the balance. Balance to me is art.

Balance is one of those concepts that seems to be expressed in all aspects existence.

Physical balance is how many of us love to play.  Whether it is counterbalancing artwork or shifting one’s weight doing a favorite activity. Without it we are doomed!

Balance rewards us in many ways when we maintain it. Losing our balance also has many, often painful and destructive, ways to remind us of how dependent we are on it.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite lines, “it’s all about balance”.

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Robin’s Cabin

This post is mainly to try out the new theme.

We are traveling at the moment and there is plenty of time to play with WordPress.

Getting far away from most of “it all” is allowing opportunities to focus on the projects that are more portable and intrinsic than recent workloads.

Before marriage and children life was more nomadic. It seems like we are edging back to a less rooted existence. Boats, cabins, trailers, tents, B&B’s, worksites and more have been fine temporary homes. We knew that was not our vision of raising a family. So we stayed put and tried to do the “normal” family thing for 20+ years.

There were a few places that served as get aways during those years. Places where we would spend some time traveling, working and visiting. Robin’s cabin was one of those places.

It is included in this site because I helped build it. It sits in the woods not far from the main house and is used as a guest house and studio. It is perfect for a quiet, private respite. It is also a great place for writing and artwork. Several of my pieces have been made or designed there.

More photos would be nice. Maybe an update someday. Just wanted to document it in this blog/site and test the new theme.

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Hanging Brass “S” Mobile with Circles

Hanging Brass "S" Mobile with Circles

 

This object came to me as a brass kick plate on an old door. It is possible this piece was some other brass object before it was recycled into the kick plate. Now it is an activity sensor disguised as a mobile that hangs in my living room.

It hangs from our ceiling and the top two “s” shaped plates are not attached. They just balance on a recessed point. They have lots of movement.

My children and their friends seem to manage to send it crashing to the floor more often than they think I am aware of.

Regular inspection of this object revels when it has been knocked about the living room. Often the clues are subtle irregularities in the wires or balance. I sometimes am happy the boys are so good at mobile repair and balancing. Other times I just imagine what kind of misbehavior has been taking place in my living room!

Hanging Brass "S" Mobile with Circles
Hanging Brass “S” Mobile with Circles. ChrisPollockArt.com
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Stick (Twig) Art 011316

Small twigs, about 3 inches, cut into stick figure shapes, fastened together. One seated holding the other one that is leaping with arms high in the air.

Found some old images of early artwork.

Flat cuts and minimal shaping are telltale  signs of the first years.

Keeping track and remembering is why this blog was begun. So here is a little (about 3 inches tall) example of a twig sculpture made years ago.

Recently some photos (yes, actual photographs) were found. May have to take digital pics of the photos to keep up to date.

Early Twig People

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Dancing Stick Art 010216

Stick figure dancing couple sculpture.

Another stick sculpture to get the new year going.

This one looks like it would make a good bracelet holder!

It is not tall enough to hang ties from.

They don’t seem interested in doing much but dancing anyway.

They have done the tree thing.

They have had their leaves and seasons.

Why not just enjoy the dance?

Christopher Pollock Stick Art Sculpture
Christopher Pollock Stick Art Sculpture
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8/14 Years of ChristmasGift Sculpture

Standing Spinning Christmas Tree Sculpture

The year of the spinning Christmas tree was when I was balancing metal “s” shapes in to pieces that swing and spin. Some of them stand some of them hang.

The tree is simply three painted metal triangles bent and balanced.

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11/14 Years of Christmas Gifts

Christmas Reignmoose
Christmas Reignmoose
Christmas Reignmoose

The fourth year (? the order of years 4-9 is still being debated!) of making Christmas artwork was this attempt at a reindeer. It is a kinetic hanging ornament that articulates in three places giving its legs, body and head independent motion.

The antlers do give it a moose-like appearance so we like to call it a reinmoose!

 

 

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12/14 Years of Christmas Gift Art

The third year of making Christmas gift art was this brass wire ornament. It is a spiral tree shape with a star on top inside another spiral representing a traditional “ball” ornament.

It is shaped from a single piece of wire plus a second to make a hook for hanging. There were 30-40 of these made that year.

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