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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.

 

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.

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!

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: