Chris Groth Week 2

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MY PRACTICE

I am an artist who likes to make, think, tinker and wonder. The focus of my Art is rooted in materials, methods and techniques of making. Utilizing a myriad of processes to manipulate materials is at the core of what I explore. The variety of methods I use to create Art are as influential as my subjects. I am constantly working to understand my perceptions of the world around me by searching for details which hearken back to childhood discoveries. My Art involves interpreting an idea or experience and presenting it in an elemental fashion.

INTENTIONS/ASPIRATIONS

The purpose of following this course and this program are just one part of the path I have chosen in my life as a human and an artist. I will immerse myself in the rich environment that is 8400 and the MFA program, all the while I will be absorbing, thinking, reflecting, connecting, and making. I will build upon my current skill set and refine my ability to navigate this environment. I will absorb new theories, artists, histories, processes, materials, and the many other experiences which I will encounter. I will evolve my own thought processes, as well as my ability to reflect on them. I will nurture new connections with artists, organizations, and others with interest similar to mine. I will make, create, and manifest my emotions, thoughts and reactions throughout the entire process.

LABEL

Mold Stamp

A mold stamp is a tool used to apply signage to a particular mold or set of molds. It is a handled die with a positive image affixed. When hammered into molding materials a negative of the die image will result, marking that mold as one of a specific vein. My particular stamp is designed with a four inch handle and two inch image plate. My stamp is not realized yet. That is, I have only made a mold of my mold stamp. Carved into sand as a three dimensional negative, my mold stamp is now manifest in the form for which it has been created. The image carved into the die half of this mold is the negative space I will translate into all of my future molds. It is not an image which will appear on the physical work. Instead it is only meant to adorn the mold, the form in which my work will be shaped. The ritual of stamping a mold may be likened to a print maker signing a proof bon à tirer. It is a show of approval or acknowledgement of progress.

SELF-SYLLABUS

Foods
chutney, cheese curds, charcoal grill, canning, beer, hot sauce, curry, brats with sauerkraut and beans, fresh tomatoes and basil, gardening, fishing, pizza, coffee, trail mix, tapas, pickled eggs/veggies,

Books/Publications
Cooks Illustrated
Toilets of the World
Art in Theory- Harrison, Wood
The Wind and The Willows
July's People
Sculpture
Catalouges (McMaster Carr...)
Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design

Websites
http://www.instructables.com/
http://www.howstuffworks.com/
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/
http://www.weather.com/weather/right-now/USMN0503:1:US

Podcasts

This American Life
The Moth
RadioLab
Howstuff works

Materials
hot glue, plaster, cellophane, paper, iron, aluminum, receipt paper, wire, cedar, glass, fabric, cloth, string, charcoal, photosensitive paper, tape, tool dip, paint, chalk, sand, bronze,

Processes
welding, drilling, casting, cooking, molding, grilling, printing, carving, building, felting, forging, baking, slicing, modeling, sketching, cleaning,

Places

da UP
studio
braais- south african bbqs
porch/deck
sauna
kitchen
new places

Some objects I love
staplers, scissors, tools, brayers, fans, clamps, nuts, bolts, almost anything I am not sure what it is or what its used for, jars,

Others...
I am fascinated by materials. What are its characteristics? Where is it from? What can/can't it do? What is its history?

I often think of the religious and spiritual tradition of my family and where I am in relation.

I ask myself many questions, most of which I don't answer. Often I don't try to answer them.

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