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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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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.