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Chris Spollen
Still Working With Tin
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“Lakester.” Pure Cadillac powered speedboat


 My friends think these ideas come to me out of the thin air but actually they come from childhood memories recalled. My father built a small wood and canvas hydroplane when I was born; it was gone however by the time I came of age. Along with my brother and me he recreated some of the planeing characteristics of that small hydro. He purchased an aluminum boat from Sears as I remember my uncle gave us an almost new used once ten-horse Even-rude out board motor. The boat only weighted one hundred pounds my dad put the steering wheel and power controls on the rear seat so the pilot sat way low on the floor in the back of the boat .The gas tank was set way back as well. By playing with the motor angle as well as the fuel mixture a fourteen year old could almost fly over the waves.  I think this print owes a certain amount of its creation to this experience. Of never forgetting that bliss of flying over the waves, endlessly chasing seagulls while all the while coming of age.
 
1D to 3 D

One-dimensional thinking goes to three dimensions. It all starts with thumbnail sketches.
To flesh the rough idea out, then it goes in to production mode; here different skills sets take over.
 
Project well under way
The Lakester

I am now opening the cans up now to use the tin like a source of raw material. I love the feel, shine, and lines that the recycled tin provide. This is the freestanding finished sculpture on the studio floor, this takes a couple of weeks to create I work in and around other projects. Once complete I shoot the sculpture against a white background with a digital camera and bring that image into Photoshop, was it is placed in a suitable environment. The end result is a frame-able digital print as well as an original sculpture, not a bad price for eating a bit more canned food.


 
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