11/24/14

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

2014

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

"SPACESHUTTLE HUNTINGTON"


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

11/11/14

The Hallmark

2007

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.

10/21/14

Altered Landscape

2006

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...

Hybri-tangler

2007

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.

8/24/14

Swinging Arms

2008



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...




8/22/14

Breathing Machine


2007


2x4's, Metal Rod, Scrap Metal Weight, Scrap Metal Rods, Clamp, Inner Tube, Air Hoses, Inflating Nozzle, Wire, ZipTies, Compressor (off-site)

     Based on a rough studio-exploration, this sytem-in-cycle would "breath," filling with air via the fill-nozzle, until the inner-tube lifted it off of the fill switch; at which point it would lift off the switch and stop filling with air. The pressure in the inner-tube would bleed off, lowering the weight, actuating the fill-nozzle, and staring the system all over again. Its cycle sounded very much like a breathing machine; yet instead of a machine breathing for someone, this one breathed all by itself, for itself...






Ludicrous Machine

2007


Latex Surgical Tubing, Forceps, Monofilament, Pins, Nails, Styrofoam, Sewing Pins
     In this unlikely arrangement, surgical tubing filled with compressed air is suspended from pins and monofilament, filling the gallery with an illuminated "breathing" creature... its time slowly ticking away as the air pressure trickles out through a pin-hole, driving several small foam pin-wheels on the wall; attached by sewing pins.
     As the air pressure trickled out, once expanded portions of tubing would contract in violent and sudden throes, and do so completely randomly. This pictured campus gallery (Cranbrook Academy of Art's Forum Gallery) was open 24hr; the piece ran for nearly 3 full days.
     (Sound in the video is from another piece of mine, on display in the same gallery... "Breathing machine")