This structure is based on a section of the former Grassypoint Bridge which linked Superior, WI with Duluth, MN. Its orientation and size relative to the 48″x48″ canvas is based on areal photos of bombed Cologne Germany at the end of WWII, specifically the ruined train station near the cathedral. Ultimately, destruction and the rebuilding process is the main concern of this project.
Still a lot of work ahead, but lots of progress made these past two days.
I continue my interest in specific structures set against the painted surface. Here we have the pilings of what will eventually be a bridge.
Lots of progress made, but work continues on the current project (tentatively titled Solanus), with lots of refining ahead.
The basics are complete and the structure as well as the painted portion of the work are moving along quickly.
Currently working on the vault of the structure of the current painting. Very challenging, but after much experimentation I’ve settled on using 1/8″ thick MDF material over 1/2 a cardboard roll to recreate the tiled roof. The tiles in this case are cut to 3/8 inches square with a 12 degree bevel to ensure a somewhat tight fit. Once fitted, I’ll sand the tiles smooth and paint them to match the plaster sides.
For the current painting, I’m recreating a portion of the Globe Elevator in Superior, Wisconsin. More as this develops.
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I’m so honored to be participating in Personal Structures – Identities in Venice, Italy next week!