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Wednesday March 23, 2022 – Still the statements

The technical inner workings of Last Wood are complete. All components work, the interaction and communication with each other also runs perfectly. Now it’s just a matter of bringing the whole thing to life, I would say. Coordinate the movements, add sounds, feed the built-in display with appropriate content.

Lori is screwed. Originally, Lori was endowed with light. So an LED bar and a high-power LED controlled by a micro-controller. But since I probably worked a bit carelessly, I somehow killed the micro-controller while programming or the LED drew too much juice and that probably caused damage. That means Lori won’t glow, but it’s still an interesting exhibition piece nonetheless.

And then I’m currently busy with my texts every evening. I did some more research on the subject of writing statements and documenting my own work in general. And obviously it’s a good way to make yourself stand out if you work in that direction. That means I’ll be more concerned with writing lyrics for my work. And I have to admit that I’m starting to enjoy it a little bit. I still have to get used to it, but I think it could go quite well. The thing is that when I write texts about my objects, I now divide it into different levels. The first level is the visual level and what you associate with the object. The second level is then more about the story behind it. This means that if the object tells me a story or I can think of a story about it, then I write it down. Although sometimes I still fight with myself. Because quite often it’s the case that I just think of things that are so crazy and out of this world that I don’t know if that’s a good thing. But I don’t want to censor myself either. So for now I’ll write everything down and put it online and see how people deal with it.

Wednesday March 9, 2022 – Photo shooting, writing a statement II

Today at work I thought about my artwork statements again. I’m very concerned about this topic because I’m not 100% sure in which direction I should go.
I don’t want to describe my objects in such detail. I want the viewer to have enough leeway for his interpretation. If I prescribe too much now or push the whole thing in a very specific direction, then perhaps a connection to the object could not develop at all. On the other hand, it is of course interesting to be able to tell a story about an object. I’ll just see how I proceed.

After lunch I took the new gallery pedestal and my current sculpture to my storage room. It is roughly 3 miles from here. And there I took photos of the sculpture. Thank goodness it’s going really fast now. Before, I had to do it all here in my little studio. It was quite a crowd. Now that I have the storage room, I have a corner where I have enough space to take pictures. I can just leave the lights and everything around there.
Then I went home to post-process the photos. For the post-processing of a sculpture, i.e. the pictures, I need two to three hours.
When I photograph my work, it is always very exciting. Because then I always discover interesting perspectives and little things that I hadn’t even noticed before.



Well, and in between I continued to work on Lori a bit. I applied a layer of Pattex again at a connection point. And then I painted the whole thing black again to get an idea of the rough appearance.

Tuesday March 8, 2022 – More electronics, writing a statement

I have finished wiring the Last Wood electronics. Then I installed the whole thing. In this case, the electronics are located in the pedestal under the actual sculpture. After installation I tested everything and then the big surprise, everything worked right away.

Then I got busy with another current work. A sculpture that is actually finished, but that doesn’t yet have a name and I haven’t written a statement about it yet. And the subject of a statement or text for a sculpture in particular causes me great problems. This is probably the case for many artists. Why did I do it like this? What am I trying to say? Etc.
I thought about it for a long time and did some research on Google. I wanted to see how other artists deal with it. And then I had an idea. In the future, I will no longer regard the texts for a work as a description of the work, but as an addition. Because if I see the whole thing as an addition, then my motivation is much higher to write about it. I can expand the sculpture, so to speak, give it another level. And I find that very interesting. Because now it’s not such torture anymore. Now I have the opportunity to give the whole thing more depth and I find that interesting and much more motivating.