Wednesday, May 30, 2012

More Deliberate Mischief

 "Deliberate Mischief," our current show at Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque, has been extended until the end of June, 2012. The show features wall mirrors and cabinets, a bench, a new version of our popular chinese checker table, a small hall table, and a variety of unique sculptural objects and boxes. Nearly all the pieces incorporate recycled objects or unusual materials. Here are some more pictures of the show.
Spare Bulbs Wall Mirror
Lotus Bench  

"Buddha's Reincarnated Incense"(above) is created from several vintage metal boxes, an old chinese checkerboard, and Kim's rendering of a foo dog-like creature, assembled on our decorated wooden panel behind. Buddha watches serenely above from the pinkish box. 

Cabinet Number 2, door open: handmade marbelized paper, turned corn cob, raphia nut shell, kalimantan nut!
We named these wall shelves "Nichos" after the Southwestern wall cavities or cabinets that provide a featured place for special objects. Each Nichos features a different type of central panel, made from recycled natural materials (created by a company called Kirei). The one on the left is made from lightened coconut shells (remaining from oil production) laid in a dark substrate. The one below utilizes waste sorghum stalks compressed and sliced into a fascinating board. Each has a hickory frame. Some of our small sculptural objects called "Minis" are featured on each shelf.
An Assortment of Minis and several, fanciful "Can Containers"

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Deliberate Mischief

Number 2 Cabinet
We’re excited about our show, “Deliberate Mischief,” at Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque, running through the end of June, 2012. We gave ourselves the gift of time to experiment.
The result is a new body of small works that express our sense of design, collage, and humor.

El Practico Arquitecto

We delved deeply into our stockpile of vintage games, containers, and other ephemera, as well as exotic veneers, lesser-known woods, and some new, green materials. We used our familiar techniques of woodturning, decorative painting, and veneering.

Ouija Marquetry
We also developed unconventional ways of making patterns with veneer and old game boards, created a new series of sculptural shapes, and even learned how to turn a corncob and preserve it with wax.

We see a wide range of possible applications for all of these ideas in the future. Everyone tends to get locked-in to certain ways of designing and making; it’s very satisfying to break free every so often! The response has been very gratifying and we are thankful to Jen and Liz at Mariposa for the opportunity to show a body of work. For more on the show please contact Mariposa at or 505.268.6828

Photo Credits: Margot Geist, Geistlight Photography