This copper mobile is one of the ten plus pieces recently made from an old washing machine tub I found in the scrapyard. I didn’t really know what to do with it. There has been some time to fool around with artwork lately and this is what happened. The old greenish brown cylinder was cool looking but I think you would agree these mobiles are cooler. It almost became a dinosaur! Maybe next time!
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!
Christmas shopping in the boondocks had its limitations. My budget did too.(still does!)
I was just starting to produce sculpture.
Why not make a few gifts? So it began. Fourteen years ago. The Pollock Christmas collection.
Funny thing though, the artwork that was being made at that time really didn’t have a Christmas theme. (frogs? really?)That has changed over the years.
Frog mobiles were first because thats what I was working on at that point. They were well received so I kept making artistic gifts as well as other sculptures.
The posts from now thru Christmas will be of the Christmas gifts I made for friends and family instead of shopping.
I need to find a better place to hang this mobile. It’s pretty big and needs a high ceiling.
It would be okay hanging from a low ceiling but the view from below would be missed.
I love to post pictures of my artwork in this location.
This is a standing spinning mobile made of wire and sheet metal and paint.
The best part is it is in this log house I spent years helping to build with a good friend.
He and this structure play a huge role in my artistic awakening.
We still build things together when we can.
Just playing with some wire.
This mobile was often used like a basketball hoop.
Maybe it should be orange.
Another blast from the past.
This one belongs to my mother who plays piano and organ. 82 years old and gets herself to church every Sunday to play and share her talents!
The mobile parts and legs are made from piano keys from the keys of a wrecked piano.
I was trying to get a picture of this mobile without moving it and not having the caricatures of my family on the wall show.
Wasn’t working. Why not show them?
(They were done by Adam English, a college classmate who happened to be running the art department at a nearby amusement park we occasionally visit.)
The mobile is an early one of the black circle era. It is a little different. Just playing around experimenting.
Found this image of a mobile I had forgotten about. The date of the file is 2002. It could be older.
Seems like black circles were not the only mobiles I was making at that time.
Orange squares/black circles?
Hopefully it is indicative of artistic experimentation.
Funny I recently did orange circles!
Time for some black circles? That would balance it out!
It’s all about balance.
Black circle mobiles were so much fun to make!