- On 26/07/2020
Little text in this article this time (I have a lot to do at present). In 5 pictures you can witness the "birth" of another new artwork called "United Colors": You can zoom in on all the pictures.
Title: United Colors
Acrylique paint on wood/MDF
Dimensions: 30 x 110 x 4 cm
Weight: nearly 4 kg
Created in June 2020
- On 13/06/2020
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.
- On 09/06/2020
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....
Keep coming back and thanks for your visit!
- On 09/08/2019
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.
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.
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.
- On 04/07/2019
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".
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!