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Assembling the BlonK ClocK

Last episode of the creation of the BlonK ClocK, the assembly:

Assembling the BlonK Clock (hor.) © J. BlonK 2019-08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tricky job! It's important not to skid with the screwdriver.
If that happens I have to rebuild the element which is damaged.

 

Assembling the BlonK ClocK (vert.) © J. BlonK 2019-08

 


For the first time you have a picture showing the intire clock almost finished.

There will be 6 different versions, 2 of them with several colors (like in the picture) and 4 others, much more distinguished in two colors. It will be a rare and exclusive object as I will limit the number of handmade copies to 25 for each model.

In a couple of days (beginning of September 2019) you will see a new tab called "Design" appear in the main menu of this website. Here you will see pictures of all the models of the BlonK ClocK.

Thank you for following me from beginning to end in this artistic adventure.

And... I wouldn't be a real artist if I wasn't already working on the next project.

The clock is ticking

The main part of the BlonK ClocK is ready now:

Main part of the future BlonK ClocK © BlonK 2019-08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The clockplate has been painted by hand and the logo sticked on it. The ensemble is protected by not less than 4 layers of varnish.
The precision clockmechanism (automatic time adjustment by radiofrequency for Western-Europe) with the pointers are mounted.
It is pleasently ticking the time away!
I will soon start to mount the entire BlonK ClocK together.

 

Exhibitions in architectural buildings

Since a few years I take part in exhibitions organized by the foundation Vierplus (a group of dutch galleries working together). These exhibitions allow me to show my artworks to a public interested in geometric art at locations of architectural interest. In this way I can also show the link between my work and modern architecture.

Post NL issued a series of stamps related to functional architecture ("Het Nieuwe Bouwen") that was much in vogue between the two World Wars. Concrete and new developed metal constructions made it possible to build practical, efficient and healthy buildings offering a lot of daylight and fresh air.

Stamp Post NL 2018 - Houses by the architect Rietveld2019 08 sanatorium zonnestraal

 

 

 

 

 

The first stamp shows homes in Utrecht (centre of the Netherlands) designed by the well known architect Rietveld. My small architectural artworks, the Archi-Minis can be seen and bought here, link: Post Erasmuslaan 5. The other stamp shows a former sanatorium in Hilversum near Utrecht named "De Zonnestraal" by the architects Duiker and Bijvoet. Il will take part in the next "Essentie" exhibition that will be held here from the 9th 'till 13th October 2019. Click on Exhibitions for more details.

Archi-Minis in a Rietveld house - Utrecht NL © BlonK 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanatorium Zonnestraal, Utrecht NL photo https://www.zonnestraalhilversum.nl


Below another example of modern architecture in Strasbourg in France. What was part of the harbour in the past has become a lively new quarter with shops, restaurants and bars. The building on the left was used for storage in the past now it is the new multi-media public library. I will put my artworks on show here the 9th September 2019.

Île Malraux, Strasbourg, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In May 2019 I was also lucky taking part of the Essentie exhibition at another interesting site in terms of architecture, the Dingemanshuys in Utrecht:

Dingemanshuys Utrecht NL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Built in 1964 following the drawings of dutch architect Piet Dingemans. The building served him as office and home. It was made with standard concrete blocks. You will find more information and images from the interior if you click on this link: Dingemanshuys.
 

Let's end this news item with two souvenirs from the Essentie exhibition in Bolsward in the North of the Netherlands. It was held in the Broerekerk, a church damaged by a fire in 1980. It became a glass roof in 2006. Makes me think about Notre Dame in Paris.

Broerekerk, Bolsward, NL

   Broerekerk, Bolsward, NL 2018 in front of

 

 

Parts in colors

Another look inside my kitchen of creation showing some elements (mainly the small feet) for the future BlonK ClocK. The parts just received the 3rd layer of varnish (out of 4 in total) and are drying here held in clamps. I can reveal that there will be six different clocks from very sober and minimalistic to colorful and cheerful to get you in a good mood when you read the time.

Parts for the future BlonK ClocK (a) © BlonK 2019-08

 

The names for colors sometimes make you dream about exotic destinations or precious materials. For example some of the painted elements in the picture carry names like Sahara Yellow or Cobalt Blue. The pigments used in paints are often created artificially or extracted from minerals, plants or animals. One day, if I find the time????, I should write an article about the origin of colors.

Other colors that I used are: Vermilion, Pyrrole Red, Green Turquoise and a very intense and deep black which I always buy from the same brand: Mars Black.

By the way my favorite colors are: Phtalo Blue and Purple.

Parts for the future BlonK ClocK (b) © BlonK 2019-08

 

 

The pictures do not show all the parts of the clock. In a previous article I already showed you the clockplate (almost finished now) and the basement plate which is drying out in the cellar.

My minimalistic artworks that I create may give the impression that they are easy to make. If you follow me closely you probably noticed that this is absolutely not the case. It takes a lot of time and patience but it is most of all a great pleasure to do.

The BlonK Clock will soon be ready for assembly and pictures of this final stage of creation will be on show here later.

Busy painting the clockplate for the future BlonK ClocK

Do not disturb! I'm busy with a delicate task and I don't want to make a wrong move.

 

J. BlonK painting the BlonK ClocK (close-up 1) 2019-07

 

 

My idea to create a design clock is advancing very well and I've already chosen the name, it will be the BlonK ClocK.

 

While other elements of the future clock are drying in the cellar (see previous news item) I mounted upstairs in the house where I'm working on a tricky job, painting the clock plate.

 

 

 

Johannes BlonK painting BlonK Clocks (2019-07)

 

 

 

I prefer not to use any prints for the clock plate but to paint the strips and dots by hand in order to add unpredictable, human and unique.

With exception of the time mechanism, the BlonK Clock will be entirely made by hand by the artist in a limited series of 25 pieces.

 

Johannes BlonK painting the BlonKClocK (2019-07)

 

 

 

 

 

As soon as the paint has dryed out it will be time for the next phase: sticking my logo on the clock plate.

I'm very happy to see that you are following me from a distance, that's what an artist needs to keep continue.

So, keep coming back for news 'round' the clock. Greetings from France.

New project, the BlonK ClocK


Stijl klok thijs rinsema museum dr8888 drachten nl

In 2018 during one of my exhibitions in the North of the Netherlands I visited the Dr8888 museum in Drachten. It is a small but very nice museum with interesting artworks and the coffee corner is a reproduction of a part of Salle Aubette in Strasbourg, France. In one of the rooms I was attracted by a clock reconstructed by P. Craanen after a drawing by Thijs Rinsema.

Eversince that day this clock won't get out of my mind and I wondered all the time about making one myself. No way ofcourse making a copy. It has to be a real recognizable minimalistic BlonK ClocK in the traditioni of Bauhaus and The Stijl.

By the end of May 2019 I decided to really go ahead by looking for the right clock mechanism and creating a few expirimental clock houses. End June, just before a nasty heatwave broke out, I finished sawing and sanding all the differents parts for the clock.

I'm very glad to have different workshops and one of them is located in the cellar of the house. Not a really smart workshop but at least very cool in Summer and it allows me to work on different "fronts".

 

BlonK ClocK in progress, June 2019

The picture taken in the cellar shows all the differents elements ready for the primer paint: the rectangular base plate that will be placed on three small "feet" (there is on visible in the clamp), the clockhouse with the hole for the mechanism and an essai of the clockplate on paper. On the final version I will paint the stripes and the dots for the hours by hand on the clockplate.

Creating this BlonK Clock is my first step in design and it is my objectif to have it ready for September.

You will soon be able to have the accurate artistic time all the time, Summer or Winter!

Archi-Minis vs pop-up books in an exhibition

At the occasion of the opening of a public multimedia library in my village Weyersheim in the Alsace in France I displayed the entire Archi-Mini collection (12 in total). Each model was presented next to another kind of artwork, a pop-up book. Often these books deal with art as the pictures show.

It is really great that despite the fact that these pop-up books are fragile, you can borrow them from the library and display them in your home for some time. Furthermore you also have the advantage that you can turn the page after a few days to obtain another "artwork". Check out your local library and see if you can borrow them too.
Archi-Mini 5B & pop-up bookArchi-Mini 3D with pop-up bookArchi-Mini 4A and pop-up book with Rietveld chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crédits of the pop-up books shown in the pictures: left: "Voir le jour" d'Emma Giuliani, middle: "Kandinsky un pop-up poétique" de Claire Zucchelli-Romer, right: "10 Chaises" de Dominique Ehrhard.

Coming back to the Archi-Minis, they are doing very well and are spreading out over the world. I recently sold several copies to the USA, France and the Netherlands. Don't think that I will simply stick to making just Archi-Minis the rest of my life, I'm already working on a new creative adventure. It is about time and design, that's all I will reveal for the moment.

Thanks again for your visit.
See you! A bientôt!

Pop-up Books

Nowadays you find the same stores everywhere, no matter the city, no matter the country, very dull. For about a year or two I was visiting the city of Dordrecht which is located near Rotterdam and I ran into an exceptionnal shop and curiosity drew me inside. It was a shop where they only sold pop-up books. These are books which reveal unexpected three dimensional scenes or structures when you open the pages. Despite the fact that these books are somewhat fragile they are often destinated to children but there are exceptions.

David A. Carter - Pop-up book 600 Black Spots

 

In the shop I found a very special pop-up book by the American illustrator David A. Carter with the title "600 Black Spots" (ISBN 13: 9781416940920). The picture shows the book lying open with the pages entitled "Mondrian floats with Shadows and 60 Black Spots". In fact the book is more a piece of art than a book and I decided to buy it as it perfectly in line with my own geometric creations. Back home, searching on the internet, I found out that this mister Carter is one of the leading creators of pop-up books.

 

 


Another artistic pop-up book that I can recommend is « Mondrian : pop-up monumental » by Claire Zucchelli-Romer, ISBN-13 : 978-2358321860), of which there is a video here:

 

Archi-Mini vs. Pop-up Exhibition

Archi-Mini 3A (arrière tourné) © J. BlonK 2017

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At the occasion of the opening of a public library in my village Weyersheim (20 km North of Strasbourg in France) in March 2019 I had the pleasure of showing my latest artworks, the Archi-Minis, right beside the most beautiful pop-up books. As often in life, previous experiences and encounters create new experiences.

 

 

  

​Here is another video by Peter Dahmen Papierdesign that might create the desire to make some pop-ups yourself: