1992 Devil Reborn (wall object) Plastic, lacquer on polymer clay
9 1/2" high x 6 3/4" x 1 3/4" deep
$60 + shipping
wall object involves a (now damaged/one-horned) devil's head that was
part of a small object I made in 1992 called "Boxteutisch", which in
turn was part of a bigger installation at "Kunstbergwerk". This was a
show put on by us art students at - and sponsored by - Saarbergwerke,
the important coal mining company of Saarbruecken, Germany. In
preparation for the show, we went down into the coal mines, and rode on
carts on tracks deep underground in tunnels so low you could only ride
lying flat on your stomach. It was a claustrophobic experience, but
fascinating. What impressed itself upon me most was the ever-present
coal dust that workers (and we) had to scrub off of their bodies and
clothes once they re-surfaced. Hence several of the objects I made
employed scrubbing brushes.
financed a great little catalog. At the art opening, our Professor and
the Saarland Museum's Chief Curator spoke; but also a member of the
mining company's Board of Directors. He spoke of the mine workers'
thoughts on the art. There was an interesting exchange going on between
the young artists at the freshly founded art school based on Bauhaus
ideas, and the "blue collar" workers working this risky profession so
integral to the region's history and traditions.
Of course today more than ever, we see mining professions in the light
of environmental destruction. But it's important to remember
what mining meant (and still means) to whole generations of families, as we all transition to a new, "re-born" understanding of humanity's relationship with natural resources.
combing through the many boxes of art left behind when I moved from
Germany to NYC, I had to downsize. The little devil's head spoke to me.
It's alive again.
auf everybody! That's the traditional mine worker's greeting,
literally states "Luck up", and probably means that you are wishing the
workers 1) they will find lots of precious materials like coal, ore etc
and 2) they will come back up to daylight safely.
I make art. I earn most of my money in other ways, and am busy with other projects. As long as I can have those occasional moments of blissful creation, am in an occasional show, and occasionally sell art to people who treasure it as much as I love making it, I am content. This blog offers glimpses into what I'm doing right now.