First Friday, Farewells, and the Future

I spent most of last week preparing for First Friday’s open studio at Grounds for Sculpture by working on three altered metal mixing bowls and cleaning up the Tech MEB Workshop to get it ready to display the work for the public to see. The night of the event there was a good turnout of people and our conversations ranged from talking about materials and process to concepts and backstories. What I ended up focusing on the most was the process and where the idea for this project originated from. Continue reading

Politics of the Secondhand: Natani Notah

Over the past week I have continued to work on a series of sculptures that transform used metal mixing bowls into faux pottery. So far the process has consisted of first layering gesso onto the surface and lifting, carving, and peeling away certain parts to expose the stainless steel underneath. The next steps have been to sand down the edges where the the gesso ends and the metal begins. Conceptually I am interested in this line serving as a metaphor for the moment where two distinctly different things can come together and coexist, thus resulting in a more beautiful whole. Continue reading

Talks, Tours, and Tech: Natani Notah

 

Today marks the end of my first week at the International Sculpture Center’s (ISC) residency at Grounds for Sculpture (GFS). Before my plane even landed I felt extremely welcomed by everyone involved. We officially started the week by giving artist talks to ISC and GFS staff, followed by tours of the grounds and studios. Then fellow artist in resident, Layo Bright and I set up our work stations in the MEB Tech Workshop, which will serve as our studio for the remainder of our time here. Continue reading