TROPHY: THE LAST RED-CRESTED WATCHAMACALLIT

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2017

I’ve never really understood the “sport” of trophy hunting, particularly when the “trophy” is not something capable of hunting you back. For food or fur, okay, but just for a head to hang on a wall? Having said that, TROPHY: THE LAST RED-CRESTED WATCHAMACALLIT represents my first, and probably last, venture into the art of trophy gathering of endangered species. TROPHY: THE LAST RED-CRESTED WATCHAMACALLIT is a mosaic/mixed media wall hanging composed of glass, hand built paper clay, marbles and MDF. 12”H x 7 ½”W x 10”D

DANCE OF THE PENGUINS: SOLO #11

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2017

The DANCE OF THE PENGUINS Series originally started out as part of an exploration into using multiple plates printed simultaneously to create a single image. I was (and am) also exploring expanding the use and presentation of my prints, as for example the woven paper piece LINEAR THOUGHTS: TRYING TO FOCUS. After completing that piece, I was curious about what would happen if I wove the paper before printing on it and DANCE OF THE PENGUINS: SOLO #11 was the result, a hand inked, hand pulled collographic monoprint on hand woven paper. Matted and Framed to 18” x  14”

Holy Moly!

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I am pleased to announce that juror Niza Knoll has invited my mixed media sculpture, Moses Warms His Hands, into the “Holy Moly: Religious Commentary in Contemporary Art” Show. Moses Warms His Hands may be seen at the Niza Knoll Gallery, 915 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204 from December 16, 2016 until January 28, 2017.

Papermaking

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2016

I’ve been thinking for awhile about using hand made paper in my print making and collage work, and while I have made paper before, I hadn’t for several years. So I just finished taking a 3 hour workshop entitled “Plant Fibers for Paper Making” from Winnie Radolan at the Abington Art Center, which proved to be  a very good introductory and/or review workshop. The pieces shown above, using Ginko leaves and milkweed are a couple of my workshop pieces. I’m going to continue working with using fibers such as day lilies, daffodils, hosta, corn husks, et al, and incorporating those papers in my print making and collage work.

Virgin Sacrifice #1

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Virgin Sacrifice #1 is part of my exploration of using stained glass and paper clay in mixed media sculptural pieces. The skulls in this prototype piece are commercially available molded plastic, but I hope to master the 3-D printer well enough to create custom designed pieces. Virgin Sacrifice #1 takes the Floxnia format to a more complex form and perhaps into a different dimension. 10″ x 10″ x 10″

Crucible #1

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I’ve started experimenting again with using stained glass and paper clay fired and fused together as part of both two and three dimensional pieces as well as a component of mixed media sculptures. Like Green Orchid Floxnia and Night View of Kilauea, Crucible #1 is composed of paper clay and stained glass fired together to over 2000 degrees F. It incorporates various underglazes, low fire and cone 6 glazes and is part of my Series: “Crucibles, Cauldrons, and Calderas”. 7 1/4″ x 7″ x 7″.