Morsels & Minutiae: Apartment Earth Gallery, Charleston...

Material Studies
Copper, Lead, Silver-solder, Galvanized wire
    Here are some bits and pieces for a kinetic material study you should come and see... at Nik Botkin's Apartment Earth Studio and Gallery.
     A new kinetic work will be displayed among what are doubtless some of the finest of the fine/edgy/moving works in the region, and beyond.
The opening:

"Morsels & Minutiae"
     Thursday, December 18,
     5:00 - 9:00

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An exhibit of work small in stature but large in talent. The only theme to the show is that the pieces can have no dimension larger than 12 inches. The idea is to get as many great artists in one space that I possibly can.

Ironically this exhibit of small art will be the largest invitational exhibit I have put on to date. Right now it is looking like there will be at least 70 artists involved and it is still growing. They range from all over the United states and will feature local artists as well.

I like that this Minutiae show is Nik's largest to date...


Don't miss it; see you there!


Apartment Earth
     Studio and Gallery
     223 1/2 Hale Street
     Charleston, WV

Typical Hours:
     Fridays & Saturdays
     11:00 - 6:00

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Night-Night Book: I'm A Big Sister, by Joanna Cole

     Here's something new... Lola and I have been recording our night-night books for some time now (complete with some banter and typical evening cajoling...). Here's one for all the big sisters out there, older siblings in general, or soon-to-be big sisters or brothers!
     Lola is indeed a great big sister, at 4 years old, she is her 2 year old brother's top trainer, playmate, and friend. She and Milo get along wonderfully, just as our dear friends Ryan and Jodi knew they would; they included the foretelling in a loving inscription in the book when they gave it to us so long ago... This goes out to their awesome soon-to-be big brother James; you're going to be a great big brother!!

Pick the book up at Amazon...

Or the one for big-brothers-to-be...



All Aboard! Artisans Express... Spaceshuttle Huntington!!


     A submission for the upcoming fundraiser to benefit Cabell Huntington Hospital's Hoops Children's Hospital!


Learn more about this exciting city-wide arts initiative and fundraiser here...

     The basic concept, displaying the 6' fiberglass train model vertically, with booster rockets and fuel tanks attached, mirroring the retired space shuttle program which captured the imagination of the country, and accomplished incredible scientific endeavors... Whatever the future holds for our space program, it will be set soundly upon the foundation of the world's most ambitious space program; just as the City of Huntington's bright future will be built upon the sound historical footing of a vibrant industrial past and present!
     With appropriate sponsorship, the finished model will include an understated launch stage and launch structure to further support the rocket in it's vertical orientation. With access to electric, black-lights embedded in the stage will illuminate an image of nebulae reminiscent of full color Hubble Space Telescope imagery (an image painted in phosphorescent paint, which will be invisible in the daytime, and visible only at night under the black-lights). Furthermore, the shuttle, tank, and boosters could be embedded throughout with fiberoptic cabling, illuminating a star-field from within, complimenting and creating a backdrop for the Hubble imagery painted on the exterior... and providing plenty of opportunities for concealing the Hoops Family Children's Hospital logo!

~J. Deacon Stone


The Hallmark


Suitcase, Analog tape delay, Speed-control, Equalizer, Amplifiers, Wiring, Speakers, Natatorium (site-specific installation/performance)

     Described in the video, the analog tape-delay takes in the sound of a space, amplifies, and pushes it out into the same space, resampling and looping. The feedback is controlled by the delay, as well as an equalizer which emphasizes or deemphasizes portions of the audio spectrum. In this way one is able to eaves-drop on a conversation between a space, and itself from a different point in time. Timeand sound are looped and tangled.
     Based on rough studio experiments, the video stands as documentation of the performance and phenomenon. Therefore, the video is not the finished work; audio quality is fair, but far shy of as immersive as it is in any given space. Furthermore, the installation and performance changes (sometimes dramatically) depending upon the size, shape, and quality of the space in which it is deployed.


Altered Landscape


Landscape (oil painting), galvanized wire, low RPM motor, spring, nail, lamp cord
     The low RPM motor rotated a spring-loaded nail, which would pluck the galvanized wire which supported the removed portions of painted landscape... the pieces would in turn dance alternately.
     This piece is in a private collection; the collector who purchased it said in a letter he sent to me following the acquisition, "...as a young man I shot bow and arrow with my father, the sound of the piece reminded me of the sound the  bowstring would make when an arrow was released...



Medical stirrer, soldered galvanized-metal grid, ball chain

     Echoing the counterintuitive condition, the earth orbiting the sun... appearances can be deceiving. The stirring plate is bolted to the gallery space, and the base (normally still) now swings. Perhaps it is still still... we, the gallery, the earth and everything are moving around it, and once still chains curve in its wake.


Swinging Arms


Computer Power Supply, Galvanized Steel Rod, Low RPM Motor, Neon Lamps, Projector, Camera, (infinite loop, interactive)

Neon lamps swing at the end of long galvanized arms, creating interesting possibilities for long-exposure photography... when a projector and camera are added, both aimed at the same portion of wall occupied by the piece, an infinite loop with a slight delay is created. Observers enter the space between, and therefore become part of the loop, their presence echoed into infinity...