Tuesday, December 11, 2012

An Afternoon to Remember, with Christine Rojek and Ed McCullough


Ed McCullough at Shaw's Crab House
 
Monday, Dec. 10, 2012
[At Shaw's Crab House]
Lunch with Christine Rojek and Ed McCullough. 
A lunch I will always remember!!!
Thank You Christine Rojek for honoring me as an artist
and Ed MuCullough for the full throated endorsement!!!
I had a Great Day!  
 
 
 
 
Ed McCullough and Christine Rojek at Shaw's Crab House
 
Let me put some context as to why this afternoon was so very important to me.. When Christine Rojek, an accomplished Chicago artist, participated in the Chicago Artist Month, she got a gift-certificate to take an artist to lunch; and she chose me!  That's an honor! Thank You! Ed McCullough, another very talented sculptor and a long time friend of ours joined us.
 
What a wonderful company to spend the afternoon with!!
A leisurely chat with two extremely talented artists, ranging from current installations to past exhibitions, talking about some great masters and their masterpieces, about Chicago and it's place in artworld.. over some great food and drinks!!!

I don't know how much I believe myself to be an artist!!??!!
I consider myself to be a documentarian, interested mostly in Public Art in Chicago.. from a very layman's perspective! What started mostly as a hobby, photographing and chronicling sculptures; earned me some great commissions, and I am very proud of them. And I Thank everyone who trusted me to hire me for services.
 
And if noted artists of Chicago, accept me as an artist, I will take it!!!
However, for people who dont know me personally and only read my blog; I have to clarify;  my art is not in creating 3-D sculptures, but in photographing and documenting them and in this way recording and chronicling them for future references. 
 
 
 
 
 
I do not like taking pictures of people having food. But I had to record this event, so just took few photos, and all these wee before we started eating. And I will add, the food was awesome. We had wine, martini for Ed, soup, and some great seafood, complete with desserts and coffee!
I would say Shaw's Crab House is a place to relax and enjoy some good sea food!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

23rd International Sculpture Conference [Belmont Harbor Yacht Club Opening Reception]

 
 
Alderman Tom Tunney and Professor/Sculptor Fisher Stolz
 
Belmont Harbor Yacht Club Opening Reception
October 5,  2012.
Celebration of the CDP/ CSI Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
[where CDP is Chicago Park District , and
CSI is Chicago Sculpture International ]
Hosted by Alderman Tom Tunney and CSI
The show included a catalog of the work and the reception.
 
 
Some images from the day..



Alderman Tom Tunney and Professor/Sculptor Fisher Stolz
[Fisher Stolz was the chief-coordinator of
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition by CSI,
and he is Associate Professor at Bradley University ]

 

Adlerman Tom Tunney and [Former] Alderman Vi Daley



I only know the names of people in the center..
Tom Tunney, Vi Daley and Barb Guttmann
 
 
 
From left:  Dean Langworthy, Emily Nixon,
Mike Baur, Steve Mueller and Barry Hehemann


 
 Barry Hehemann



Steve Mueller
 
 
 
Jaci Willis, Marshall Svendsen and Kelly Ludeking
 
 
 
 Charles Yost
 


 Derick Malkemus and Nicole Beck



Alisa Toninato
 



Bob Emser
 

 
Bob Emser and Betsey Lipp



Ron Gard and John Sauve
 



Ron Gard, Pat Mcdonald and Nicole Beck
  


Charles Young and John Adducci







Dusty Folwarczny and Kelly Ludeking


 
Carolyn Bendel and  Betsey Lipp
 
 
 


The Belmont Harbor Yacht Club is located in Lincoln Park at the northern end of Belmont Harbor on the coast of Lake Michigan at 3201 N Lake Shore Drive (exit at Belmont and go east toward the harbor). Transportation will not be provided for this event.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Vector and Friends: The Art of Fabricating [Part I]

 
 
The 23rd International Sculpture Conference [ISC]
was held at Chicago
October 4, 2012 - to - October 6, 2012

Chicago Sculpture International [CSI],
an affilitae of ISC organized many sculpture shows,
both indoors and outdoors] throughout the city for this event.

Vector Fabricating, Inc. is a key player in fabrication of sculptures in Chicago, and beyond. Many artists have employed the services of Vector. As an expression of gratitude, Vector organized a public event: Vector and Friends: The Art of Fabricating.
It included Pig Roast and Fire Carnival. And was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!!
[For information on Vector Fabricating, Inc. click here..]
 

Here is an excerpt from the invitation..
Vector Custom Fabricating: Pig Roast & Exhibit
Vector Custom Fabricating is taking the occasion of the ISC Conference in Chicago to express it's gratitude to all the artists that have employed its services over the past 34 years. Vector is an artist owned and operated company specializing in the fabrication of sculpture. An exhibit showcasing its long history of collaborations will accompany a Pig Roast featuring beer from a local brewery. This celebration is open to all attendees of the ISC conference. Vector is located in an industrial neighborhood dating back to the 1850's. Transportation is not provided for this event. Located just 15 minutes west of the Loop.
This late-night "Carnival of Fire" will include an iron pour, glass blowing, fire spinning, fire breathing, fire hooping, and more, focusing on this use of fire as a sculptural element.

I have so many good images from this day, that I have put them in three posts..
Part I: This post ..
Part II: Fire Carnival at Vector Fabricating.. click here..
Part III: Maquettes and Small-Scale sculptures.. click here..


 

Metal Pour at Vector Fabricating

 
PART II:  Fire Carnival  involving..
 Iron Pour,  Aluminum Pour and Glass Blowing,
and also Professional Fire Performers with Pig Roast and Drinks!!!  
For  many images of Fire Carnival  click here..


 
Erik Lowe with his sculpture Ratbo

PART IIISmall- Scale Sculptures and Maquettes..
by artists who have employed the services of Vector, and
 artists who provide those services on behalf of Vector .

Now coming to PART I , general images from the day..

 
 
 
 From left: [???] Steve Mueller and Erik Lowe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vector and Friends
From left.. Jaci Willis, Fisher Stolz, Terry Karpowicz and Steve Mueller

  
 
 
Barry Hehemann
 
 
 

Mike Baur
I always wanted to meet him. This is the first time I met Mike Baur,
and was very happy to know, he knew me.



Derick Malkemus
 
 
 


 Eric W. Stephenson
 
 



Kelly Ludeking
 
 
 


 J. Taylor Wallace




Bob Emser and Dusty Folwarczny
 

 
Eric Gushee, Elena Rakochy and Jason Hawk



RELATED LINKS..
Part I:  Vector and Friends: The Art of Fabricating.. click here..
Part II: Fire Carnival at Vector Fabricating.. click here..
Part III: Maquettes and Small-Scale sculptures.. click here..

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Vector and Friends: The Art of Fabricating! [Part II: Fire Carnival]

 
 
Metal Pour at Vector Fabricating [Oct 4, 2012]
 
The 23rd International Sculpture Conference [ISC] was held at Chicago
October 4, 2012 - to - October 6, 2012

Chicago Sculpture International [CSI],
an affilitae of ISC organized many sculpture shows,
both indoors and outdoors] throughout the city for this event.

 
Vector Fabricating, Inc. is a key player in fabrication of sculptures in Chicago, and beyond. Many artists have employed the services of Vector. As an expression of gratitude, Vector organized a public event: Vector and Friends: The Art of Fabricating.
It included Pig Roast and Fire Carnival. And was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!!
[For information on Vector Fabricating, Inc. click here..]



 
Metal Pour at Vector Fabricating [Oct 4, 2012]
 
 
FIRE CARNIVAL at VECTOR FABRICATING
There was Iron Pour, Aluminum Pour and Glass Blowing
And also Professional Fire Performers
with Pig Roast and Drinks!!!
IMAGES from the Day [Oct. 4, 2012]

It is important to note :
Metal Pour was closely associated with Lunarburn Studio, click here..
Glass Blowing with Ignite Glass Studio,  click here..

Some sculptors participating in the metal pour were,
Eric W. Stephenson, Kelly Ludeking, Llyod Mandelbaum,
Marshall Svendsen, Alisa Tonitano, Asli Luldag, Margaret Dancy
[I'll love to add more names when I get them..]




Igniting the fire pit..

It was a cold October night.
As evening progressed, people started flocking around the fire..



People flocking around the fire pit.




There were professional fire performers.. showing..
fire spinning, fire breathing, fire hooping


 
 Professional fire performers..




Preparation for metal pour..

But what made me stay that night was not the fire performers,
but this apparent prepartion for metal pour. 
This place was soon to be become hub of activities.



Metal pour is a lenthy time taking process,
and while some sculptors were preparing for the pour,
 professional fire performers kept us entertained!

IMAGES of IRON POUR
 
 

  Furnance melting iron for pour
 
 
 
 Pouring fluid molten iron into crucible..
 
 
 
 Pouring molten iron from crucible into molds..
 
 
 
 Pouring molten iron from crucible into molds
 
 

Pouring molten iron from crucible into molds..

 
IMAGES of  ALUMINUM POUR



Melting aluminum ingots in the furnance



Pouring molten aluminum into crucible..



Pouring molten aluminum from crucible into molds..



Pouring molten aluminum from crucible into molds..


 
WOW! Fire spakles!!



Not every pour resulted in fire sparkles..



He [Kelly Ludeking] really is standing on fire!!!



Another shot from the day!

As the night progressed, I saw the coolest furnance I have seen:
 LIFT- POUR FURNANCE
Below are some images of lift-pour furnance.




Melting aluminum in the furnance..



The furnance is being attached to the lifting hook..



The furnance is being attached to the lifting hook



Molten aluminum being poured into molds..




IMAGES of GLASS BLOWING













I had to put this photo here..
From left: J. Taylor Wallace, Jason Christopher Hawk,
Eric Gushee and Llyod Mandelbaum
Sculptors All! Friends All!!


 RELATED LINKS..
Vector and Friends: The Art of Fabricating
Part I: Vector and Friends: The Art of Fabricating.. click here..
Part II: Fire Carnival at Vector Fabricating.. click here..
Part III: Maquettes and Small-Scale sculptures.. click here..