Exocubic Studio

CinderCone.

Just some FANTASTIC shots of the completed Version 2.0 by Jafe Parsons. Careful — you might get awesome on ya.

CinderCone door.

CinderCone feet.

CinderCone door detail.

CinderCone pattern detail.

CinderCone glamour shot.

Happily, got in some saddle time b4 the gawdam wind kicked up again. Hello smoke cloud my old friend It sucks to be breathing you again . . .

#mtb #ride #openspace #bicicleta

Went for a #ride this morning at Soapstone Prairie. Such a beautiful, unforgiving landscape. The Wyoming border is maybe half a mile down that trail.

A bit of epic Colorado rainbow action to brighten your day. Stay healthy, people!

Uh oh. Feels like that third dimension is calling my name.

Trying something new(ish).

I have been utilizing the welding process in making my sculptures for 30 years.  It is a straightforward, effective method for joining metal together—but there are some downsides. Biggest of these is the warping that occurs from the adding of heat; second is the aesthetic requirement of dressing the welds. Grinding and finishing out the weld beads and the associated discoloration around them (chasing) is time-consuming and, frankly, painful. I've experimented in the past with alternative methods of joining parts, like here:

breck w tiffany sunlit 1

“Breakfast with Tiffany” - rivets!

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Interwoven

I thought I'd try using rivets to assemble a larger piece, and "Interwoven" seemed like a great candidate, as warping and chasing out the welds on this beast would be bad. Very bad.

This did end up translating into many, many more hours of tedious design time on the computer—but that's the price for ART!!! I placed over 2000 paired holes into the model and designed a simple tab to span the seam where two parts meet.

A note for the geeks: this shape was generated parametrically with code in the Grasshopper plug-in for Rhinoceros, and is based on the famous strip of Mr. Moebius. The chief challenge here is determining just how to go about realizing this mathematical form; there is no "front" or "back" and the the inner edge becomes the outer, and vice versa. Add to that the way the "faces" weave through each other, and you have a real head-scratcher on your hands/brain.

Interwoven model 1

Interwoven model 2

Interwoven unrolled layout 1

Interwoven unrolled layout 2

Making Terralogue Totems: Sidebar, Counselor.

Huh. Looks like I've forgotten to clue you in on just what the heck a "Terralogue Totem" is.

“Terralogue Totems” are a set of sculptural designs based on the concept of the land speaking; these messages being symbolized through metal emblems. The designs are executed in three distinct formats: large sculptural Monoliths, Bike Racks, and Bollards."

Maybe these little explanations we included on the plaques will help:

Crop Plaque

Construct Plaque

Course Plaque

Bidding adieu to the Old North Building of the Denver Art Museum. The Martin Building.

Car camping break. Reeeelaaaaaxx. #camping #colorado #allworkandnoplaymakesjackadullboy

Big orange dummy gives no sh*ts about my dirty work pants. It’s lap time! #catsofinstagram #manx #r #the #best

Colorado wildflowers. 

Artist’s statement re the previous post.

Checking out Gabriel Dawe’s amazing Nexus No. 36.

Vajra. Inspired by @futureislands

Crow sketch on the iPad Pro. LOVE drawing on this thing.

 #sketch #artistsofinstagram #sketchbookpro #drawing

Delicate Arch in #archesnationalpark

How to spend Black Friday. #optoutdoors #archesnationalpark #rocksrock

More #archesnationalpark from the weekend.

Can’t work while waiting for client feedback? Mountain time! #rmnp #trailridgeroad

You can’t work ALL the time! #poudreriver #biketrail #ilovefortcollins

Colorado thunderstorms beget #Colorado #rainbows.

Took some time to visit the Women of Abstract Expressionism show at DAM. See it, and weep at all the great art we’ll never see because of stupid gender biases. #great #art #notestesnecessary

Beautiful evening with a beautiful old friend. Thanks for the visit, J! #watsonlake #sunset #beergoggles

At the Samurai show - Denver Art Museum. #awesome

LIGO FTW!

Woah.

I've been working on another edition of my "Event Horizon" piece. The concept behind the sculpture has to do with the theorized existence of a gravitational border around a black hole beyond which nothing can escape. I wondered what it might look like to see something torn apart but not completely consumed by the black hole; what might the remnants look like as they were spun off into space? I thought it might be stylized into something like this:

Event Horizon

"Event Horizon" sculpture in Stainless Steel - with powder coated veneers.

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this video, showing a Red Giant star being ripped apart by a massive black hole at the center of a nearby galaxy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qINGeL7dvAk&w=560&h=315

That is pretty freakin' awesome, right there. The Daily Mail online has a pretty good article on what's going on here.

Fun Weekend.

Got to hang out backstage at Red Rocks with the cool kids from Devotchka. Wow, chapter 1.

Devotchka at Red Rocks

Sold out show for Devotchka and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens 1

Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens 2

Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens 3

Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens 4

Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens 5

Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens 6

Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens 7

Followed that up with a trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens to check out the Chihuly glass work there. Amazeballs.