Navel Glazing (2021)
The Navel Glazing Exhibition took place from mid-March to the end of April in 2021 at the cSPACE King Edward Cubby Gallery on the second floor. The show features work that I made during my three month residency with the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation where I further developed my technical skills with figurines and 3d printing. For the figurines, sculptural questions included an interest in crowding figures in different ways, i.e, a densely packed plinth vs. a more sparse plinth. Which gestures in the figures could complicate meaning and solicit further investigation from the viewer?
I was also interested in introducing new media in my work. My most ambitious project yet was the piece Cipher (2021), which features three figurines on a rotating platform. I designed the platform on tinker-cad, and 3d printed it. For the electronics, I used Arduino, some components, and I soldered circuits based on code from Robojax (an online micro-controller code teacher). I also used new media in the new rendition of an older piece now called Conehead & the Floor (2021) where the plinth for Conehead appears to supported by a small army of 3d printed Coneheads. This variation was inspired by Do Ho Suh's The Floor (1997-2000), Antony Gormley's Field (1991), and W.J.T Mitchell's text Totemism, Fetishism, Idolatry (2005).