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BlonK in action on YouTube

Here is a video in which you can see assembling a new artwork. It is the final step in my process of creation that is quite technical and time consuming. Click on the video and you will be linked to YouTube where I posted more videos. Hope you like it.

New artworks like jigsaws puzzles

Johannes BlonK ready to assemble

I'm ready for the last phase in the creation of a new artwork. For me the real initial moment of creation lies far behind me. When I assemble the artwork I'm working towards the moment of "truth": do all elements fit in place as foreseen, is the artwork in "balance", do the colors match?

Spreaded out on the table you see the 39 wooden elements needed for this piece of art. Each part is covered by 7-8 layers of primer, paint and varnish. You probably won't have the slightest idea what arwork may come out of this "puzzle". I do ofcourse, approximately. That sounds strange but you have to take in mind that painting all elements takes a lot of time. Therefore I create a manual (it lies on the right side of the table) so I do know what it should look like and where to place all the elements.

Assembling the artwork is a tricky business. It's important to stay calm and avoid any scratches. I will post a video here shortly to show you how I proceed. So....
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Lockdown or not, the artist continues!

The lockdown due to the Coranavirus doesn't stop or depresses me, fortunately!

Johannes BlonK varnishing supports for the Archi-Miniss
The Archi-Mini's are selling quite well in the States and the Netherlands. As the stock on certain models becomes short it was time to restart production.

I consider myself very lucky having in fact three workshops: the barn in which I create the artworks that need machinery, a room inside the house where I paint small artworks and the cellar beneath the house where I am now.

This is where I paint bigger artworks, where I apply primer and, as shown in the picture, where I apply varnish on the supports for the Archi-Mini's. These supports are made out of oak or ash that had the time to dry out and I can get them from a carpenter in the village. Today we call this 'green logistics'.

At the same time I'm also working on four new large artworks in the landscape format. They are already under painting. Furthermore I'm planning to make black monochrome artworks in which I will use sexy stockings.

You see the artist is still alive an occupied. He even found some time to write an article!

Remain active and in good health you too!
Greetings.
 

Archi-Minis - A real export product!

The Archi-Minis are exporting better and better and start to travel around the world.

8 Archi-Mini's already found a home in the USA in Pasadena, Salt Lake City, Washington and New York.
The latest sale is underway to Panama City and should find a very appropriate place in one of the highest buildings overthere, the JW Marriott Tower (see picture on the followup page).

In Europe these small architectural art objects mainly go to France and The Netherlands.
Recently an art collector in the Netherlands sent me a picture to show what a great place she gave to Archi-Mini 5B in her office.
The artwork is in really good company with the Pythagorus tree from Koos Verhoef on the left and a sculpure from Henk Rusman on the right. And what a coincidence, together with these dutch artists I took part in the Essentie exhibitions.

I'm very happy to see one of my creations getting such a nice place. Magnifique!

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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!