September Update

Just some of the newest things coming out of Studio 33 this month: The TorpedoBike! TorpBikePat This artBike was built out of plywood, stainless steel and fiberglass and was covered with aircraft grade aluminum.  It was created to ride during city events to promote the Torpedo Factory Art Center and remind them of the cool things and great artists to be found there.  The build process involved much unseen work like building custom jigs to cut circles and drilling a BUNCH of holes.  Every rivet and screw needed at least two holes drilled through the aluminum sheets and often three depending on it’s location. Even the plywood rings were lightened by about 30% by drilling large holes in them wherever possible.  If anyone needs a hole drilled -any size -any number, believe me, I’m an expert now.
frame1 frame2 frame4 Besides a truly awesome bike sent from the GreenSpeed Bike corporation in Australia as it’s core, it features headlights and tail lights, two access ports and a rear hatch that contains a working bubble machine.  The two side access ports offer both access to the rear tire/gears, and also double as TFAA/TFAC brochure holders when vehicle is stopped.  IMG_3736

The bubble machine ensured there were a pack of small kids chasing the TorpedoBike at all times playing in the wake of bubbles trailing behind. It made it’s debut Septemeber 14 at the King Street Art Festival. It was very well received. IMG_3754

A special Thank You goes out to all of those who volunteered to be part of “Team Torpedo” for the day: Pat, Marcel and Jacci.  This project would not have been possible without the support of Mr. Jerome Hediger of GreenSpeed Bikes and of course The Alexandria Commisssion of the Arts for funding this project.  I hope this is just the beginning of human-powered art in Alexandria! TorpTeam Also, As promised, a photo update: Bronze Gabriel GabGarden(Above) This life sized St. Bernard, “Gabriel” shown above in bronze, was created using about thirty of the best photographs from a collection of several hundred supplied by the client.  Gabriel is 39.75″ tall and weighed 175lbs in real life.  This is the photo I promised last month which shows Gabriel installed in his new garden home.

And also new …Metal Coated Skulls!

Cast of a real human shull that was carved featuring Knight's Templar and masonic designs. It was then molded and cast in marble. It was then coated in real copper and polished using a new application process.

Cast of a real human shull that was carved featuring Knight’s Templar and masonic designs. It was molded and cast in marble. It was then coated in real nickel-silver and polished by hand to bring out the detailed carving featured in this striking design.

Cast of a real human shull that was carved with a celtic design and cast in marble. It was then coated in real copper and polished using a new application process.

Celtic Design shown in Copper, beautiful!

Skulls are for sale here: www.realhumanskull.com

That’s not all! Even with several special commissions in progress, Studio 33 still offers a lot of other artwork to see!
Here are examples of two stainless steel pieces that were popular this month: “Rolling Wave” This 8-foot long stainless steel piece makes an impact!  I made a new version of this piece which is on display in my studio. SteelWallWaveDetail webWave Forty-four Fish 41″Wide x 14″ High: 44fishw To see more of my artwork please see previous month’s posts or look under the Projects and Sculpture buttons on the top of this post.

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August Update

The newest things in Studio 33 this month:

Gabriel
This life sized St. Bernard, “Gabriel” shown below in bronze was created using about thirty of the best photographs from a collection of several hundred supplied by the client. Gabriel is the mascot of an international aid organization and was owned by the founder of that organization.  Gabriel will be placed in a garden that honors the group’s founder.  Gabriel is 39.75″ tall and weighed 175lbs in real life.  His tail was nearly always kept straight with only a slight curl to one side. This detail presented a bit of a challenge.  After a great deal of thought and input from the client, I made the tail removable so that it could be more easily created, transported and installed.

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Gabriel was stopped by several groups of people for photos on his way from my studio to my truck for delivery…and at least one thought he might be real as he carefully touched Gabriel’s head.
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He was even kissed by two different groups of women.  Tip for lonely guys… if you don’t already have one, get a dog.

Even with special commissions in progress, Studio33 still offers a lot of other artwork to see.  Here are examples of two stainless steel pieces that were popular this month:

“Rolling Wave”
This 8-foot long stainless steel piece makes an impact!  I made a new version of this piece which is on display in my studio.
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Forty-four Fish
41″Wide x 14″ High:
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To see more of my work please see previous month’s posts or look under the Projects and Sculpture buttons on the top of this post.

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June 2014 Update

'Allegory of Night" Carved Hydrocal, 30"H x 51" W x 11" D

‘Allegory of Night” Carved Hydrocal, 30″H x 51″ W x 11″ D

It’s June already! What’s new in Studio 33 this month? Right now, I finished up three wall-mounted sculptural panels for the Wounded Warrior Center at Walter Reed, located in Bethesda, Maryland.  It’s an honor to be selected for this project.  The three sculptures I am creating feature a stainless steel cut out panel with a painted birch panel behind them.  The over-all theme is nature and my pieces are called “Pebbles,” “Blowing Wind” and “Moon on the Water.”  The sculpture installation had been delayed but will be installed the last week of June.

“Narcissus’ Pool”
I made two large stainless steel mirrors based on my piece “Narcissus’ Pool.”  The mirror features a ring of thick stainless steel pieces reminiscent of flat stones around a pond, ground and polished.  The frame is attached to a substantial stainless steel cradle for the high-quality silver-back mirror inside.

Narcissus Pool

Coming Soon!
I also have some exciting new sculpture contracts in the works which I will reveal as they are signed and become public. Here are some hints for two of the four projects in the works: One is for a life-sized bronze sculpture of a soldier and another one is for a large portrait medallion to adorn a building across from the White House.  I can’t wait to tell you more details sometime soon. Until then I can tell you I was given a art micro-grant for a cool new ArtBike to promote the Torpedo Factory Art Center where I serve as artist President. The check was received, the bike was ordered along with the supplies to transform it….it will be built this summer.

Torpedo ArtBike 2014

Stainless Steel Waves! I finished a commission piece for a local home featuring crashing stainless steel waves 8 feet wide (below.)
Also see more metalwork under my “Projects” page.
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Recently Installed: Fort Ethan Allen: After five years of work, I recently attended the dedication of the Fort Ethan Allen visitors center in Arlington, VA.  I created a model of Fort Ethan Allen, one of the civil war era forts that guarded Washington DC.  The bronze fort model is mounted on a large, thick granite base, which evokes the heavy terrain around the fort.  This fort primarily guarded Chain Bridge, the access to Georgetown.  For those reading this who drive around DC, the road leading to the fort became known as present-day “Military Road,” which is still used today.  At the dedication I gave the bronze-painted foundry pattern to Homer Knudson who had been the driving force behind the project for nearly a decade. Click the photo below to see the detail.

There were many folks in period costume. The soldier tour-guide below is explaining the fort details as they related to current landscape surrounding the exhibit site

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Commissions Accepted Do you have a project in mind?  The largest artwork I have created was 1,200 feet long and the smallest, a bronze award coin, was just over two inches.  So please don’t be intimidated, if you have something in mind,  no matter what the size or material,  stop by the studio and we’ll go over the options for your project. I create a wide range of artwork in a variety of materials and styles.  Do you have something in mind that you can’t find anywhere?  Then stop by studio 33, where ideas and concepts quickly become reality!

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What’s New? April Post

"Night" Placing the Stars in the Heavens. Carved Hydrocal, 53" W by Christopher Erney

What’s new in Studio 33 this month? Right now, I am working on three wall-mounted sculptural panels for the Wounded Warrior Center at Walter Reed, located in Bethesda, Maryland.  It’s an honor to be selected for this project.  The three sculptures I am creating feature a stainless steel cut out panel with a painted birch panel behind them.  The over-all theme is nature and my pieces are called “Pebbles,” “Blowing Wind” and “Moon on the Water.”  The sculptures will be installed in late May.

Stainless Steel Waves! I am also finishing a commission piece for a local home featuring crashing stainless steel waves 8 feet wide (below.) Also see more metalwork under my “Projects” page.
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Detail View:
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Fort Ethan Allen: After five years of work, I recently attended the dedication of the Fort Ethan Allen visitors center in Arlington, VA.  I created a model of Fort Ethan Allen, one of the civil war era forts that guarded Washington DC.  The bronze fort model is mounted on a large, thick granite base, which evokes the heavy terrain around the fort.  This fort primarily guarded Chain Bridge, the access to Georgetown.  For those reading this who drive around DC, the road leading to the fort became known as present-day “Military Road,” which is still used today.  At the dedication I gave the bronze-painted foundry pattern to Homer Knudson who had been the driving force behind the project for nearly a decade. Click the photo below to see the detail.
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There were many folks in period costume. The soldier tour-guide below is explaining the fort details as they related to current landscape surrounding the exhibit site
soldier

Sea-themed Chandelier: I spent many late nights recently creating this Sea-themed chandelier out of stainless steel.  The chandelier features eight stainless steel octopi
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along with starfish, minnows, and eight hammered steel candle reflectors -each one a unique shape.  Color is added to some of the steel with heat-applied metal waxes.  It is adorned with a string of 300 moonstone beads held in an undulating wave pattern.  It is currently being exhibited with Sheep Jones’ paintings “Sheds and Chandeliers” in Studio7, Alexandria, VA.  This fanciful sea-themed chandelier is for sale for $2800.

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Detail Views:
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Commissions Accepted Do you have a project in mind?  The largest artwork I have created was 1,200 feet long and the smallest, a bronze award coin, was just over two inches.  So please don’t be intimidated, if you have something in mind,  no matter what the size or material,  stop by the studio and we’ll go over the options for your project. I create a wide range of artwork in a variety of materials and styles.  Do you have something in mind that you can’t find anywhere?  Then stop by studio 33, where ideas and concepts quickly become reality!

Older Posts from past months below:

 

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New Website

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Welcome to my brand new website for spring 2014.  Some buttons might not function until the next update occurs.

What’s new in Studio 33 this month?
Right now I am working on three wall-mounted sculptural panels for the Wounded Warrior Center located in Bethesda, Maryland.  It’s an honor to be selected for this project.  The three sculptures I am creating feature a stainless steel cut out panel with a painted birch panel behind them.  The over-all theme is nature and my pieces are called “Pebbles,” “Blowing Wind” and “Moon on the Water.”  The sculptures will be installed in May.  I will update my photos here as they are completed one by one towards the middle of March.

Sketch:
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George Washington Masonic National Memorial

I just installed twenty state masonic Grand Lodge seals in the GWMNM.  I currently have six more state seals to sculpt and cast.  Seals are being added to Grand Masonic Hall as each state completes it’s fundraising target to support the GWMNM.  The goal is to have all 50 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico.


Fort Ethan Allen

After five years of work, the dedication is scheduled for March to open the Fort Ethan Allen visitors center in Arlington, VA.  I created in clay the model of Fort Ethan Allen, one of the civil war era forts that guarded Washington DC. My model was cast in bronze in Kansas at Degginger Foundry, one of the premier foundries in the United States.  It is mounted on a large, thick granite base, which evokes the heavy terrain around the fort.  This fort primarily guarded Chain Bridge, the access to Georgetown.  The road leading to the fort became known as present-day “Military Road.”  The new visitor’s center is located at the original site of the fort, at the intersection of Military Road and North Glebe Road.  It features many information panels, a reconstructed section of the fort including a cannon, and it’s center piece, this bronze model!

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Commissions Accepted
Do you have a project in mind?  The largest artwork I have created was 1,200 feet long and the smallest, a bronze award coin, was just over two inches.  So please don’t be intimidated, if you have something in mind,  no matter what the size or material,  stop by the studio and we’ll go over the options for your project. I create a wide range of artwork in a variety of materials and styles.  Do you have something in mind that you can’t find anywhere?  Then stop by studio 33, where ideas and concepts quickly become reality!

 

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