Survivor on Telegraph Avenue WIP1601b

Wood Sculpture Survivor Telegraph Ave
Survivor Telegraph Ave Oakland
Survivor on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland holds Fugitive mask with interior consciousness, while swallowing head — Survivor’s tentative selection for the day.

Wood sculpture (48 lbs, 50″ tall), oil stain, flame, acrylic, pastel), digital combine.

Detail of Masks are here

Woman I and Woman 1.3D WIP

Photo of MoMA’s Giclee print DeKooning’s 2D (flat flat flat – but not really) painting named Woman I (52nd version on its original canvas).
Alongside is my 3D sculpture WIP, at about the same scale as the original painting, color matching to those in MoMA’s Giclee print.
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Woman I print and sculpture WIP
Woman I print and sculpture WIP

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3/4 view of the sculpture.
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Woman I 3D Three-quarter view (WIP)
Woman I 3D Three-quarter view (WIP)

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Back view (first ever 3D version – even Willem deKooning hasn’t seen this).
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Woman I 3D verso (WIP)
Woman I 3D verso (WIP)

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Christo-Wrapped — Marin General Hospital 2016

Marin County sculpture done neatly in two views.
Honestly, it was not the real Christo who did this — it’s actually native genius in anonymous architecture.

Christo was here -- Marin General Hospital
Christo was here — Marin General Hospital

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Christo was here -- Marin General Hospital
Very neatly tucked-in — Marin General Hospital

Face-blind sculpture was the beginning, not the end.
And that’s the truth.

Guardian ~ Sego Pictographs in the Barrier Canyon Style

The Sego Canyon rock paintings are new, perhaps painted only seven hundred years ago.

I’ve photographed them several times in morning and evening light.   This image is my favorite:

Guardian: Sego Canyon, photo by Peter Neibert
Guardian: Sego Canyon, photo by Peter Neibert

Under a clear Utah sky the noontime sun is so strong it washes out all the color ~  sometimes you can’t see anything in the stone at all.

Other times I get enough of the right light and shadow to pull out shape and color.  Red, yellow ochre and black.

These Sego Canyon  figures seem familiar.

 

 

 

 

Their style and shape recall the 5,500 year old Barrier Canyon paintings — just a hundred miles distant.  We don’t know who were the ancient Barrier Canyon peoples who created them.  Each new discoverer saw something different and profound in the oldest images.

Holy Ghost Group, Great Gallery, Barrier Canyon (Horseshoe Canyon) photo by Peter Neibert
Holy Ghost Group, Great Gallery, Barrier Canyon (Horseshoe Canyon) photo by Peter Neibert

 

 

Holy Ghost Central Group detail, photo and PS by Peter Neibert
Holy Ghost Central Group detail, photo and PS by Peter Neibert

 

Cervantes is Dead?

remains of cervantes?
Investigators said on Tuesday that some of the remains of Cervantes are believed to be among the samples. Credit Madrid Regional Government

Why wasn’t I told ?  nyti.ms/1BQfgmN

I thought he was looking so good as Peter O’toole.

don-quixote-on-rocinante: carving-in-fence post by Peter Neibert
don quixote on rocinante: sculpture-in redwood fence post by Peter

 

Don Quixote as Peter O'toole, wood sculpture by Peter Neibert
Don Quixote as Peter O’toole, wood sculpture by Peter

Survivor ~ Woodsculpture WIP

A character I saw one morning on Telegraph Avenue (Oakland, California) inspired The Survivor .

"Survivor" & heads/faces, WIP 2014;  wood sculpture, fir, 2014, by Peter Neibert
“Survivor” & heads/faces, WIP 2014; woodsculpture, fir, 2014, by Peter Neibert

I don’t remember his face, so I am carving five interchangeable masks to fit on the torso.

His arms hold four masks as he tries on each to choose the right one to get through the morning.

 

I began thinking about The Survivor torso a long time ago.

It’s carved out of a used beam I found in the back yard of Fairfax Lumber company.

I took it home in my jeep and let it dry in my garage for several months before I started work.

The picture at left shows what The Survivor #Woodsculpture looked like recently.

Here  is what the first cut looked like:  http://neibert.com/portfolio/wip-waiting-at-the-workshop-door/

Wood Sculpture ~ Fugitive, Face & Inner Presence

The Nara fugitive’s one-eyed face looks like this now:

Nara Fugitive mask
Nara Fugitive ~ mask, Carved Fir, Acrylic and Pastel

The back of the mask is left open – to fit the torso’s neck opening (not shown here).    But when the head is apart from the body, the empty opening in the back leaves  us feeling incomplete.  So, what to do?

Well, the hollowed-out opening in back is ideally situated to possess the fugitive’s Inner Presence.  So, as the mask rotates the Inner Presence comes into view.

Nara Fugitive Inner Presence (in mask)
Nara Fugitive Inner Presence (in mask)

The Inner Presence sculpture is carved in redwood and detachable from the Nara Fugitive’s fir mask.  So then, of course, the question becomes  what to do with the Inner Presence when it’s detached?

Nara Fugitive Inner Presence, nested in back of mask.
Nara Fugitive Inner Presence, nested in hollow back of mask.

 

Nara Fugitive ~  inner presence
Nara Fugitive ~ inner presence

 

 

 

Smart Meter ~ for the love of Pacific Gas & Electric Co

PG & E (Pacific Gas & Electric Co) installed its controversial smart meter on my house.  They said it would give me great detail on my use of electricity.  This attracted law suits from the public.  So, PG&E stopped connecting the “Smart” part of the meter that would tell me everything — the only part they connected is the dumb meter that tells me how much money I have to pay PG&E.

Smart Meter I (door)

Smart Meter I (door) ` For the love of Pacific Gas & Electric Co
Smart Meter I (door) ` For the love of Pacific Gas & Electric Co

 

If you open the door you will see this inside:

Smart Meter II (inner presence)

Smart Meter II
Smart Meter II – this is what you see inside the door.

 

Smart Meter (round thing at top) provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  Installed at Kentfield, California.

 

 

 

Fugitive in the Woodwork ~ wood sculpture photo print

Wood carving mask over woodcolor pallet, photo print on canvas by Peter
Wood carving mask over woodcolor palette, photo print on canvas by Peter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one made itself over the course of two years.  First, I carved a life-size mask in fir of a Nara period face drawing.  Here it was:

sculpture inspired by Nara period theatrical mask
Wood Sculpture by Peter, 2013
click on photo to enlarge details

 

 

Then what?  I used it in the Head Case.  Here’s what that looked like:

head case on used barrel ~ 3 wood carvings inspired by Nara period gigaku masks.  Sculptor Peter Neibert. Click on photo to enlarge.
head case on used barrel ~ 3 wood carvings inspired by Nara period gigaku masks. Sculptor Peter Neibert. Click on photo to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I let it sit for a year while I worked on other things.

When painting wood sculpture during this period, I cleaned brushes, rags, knives on the inside of a utility closet door.  If I were a formal painter I would call this panel my wood palette for the time.  Here’s a picture of that:

Woodcolor pallet
Palette of the time

 

Meanwhile I took another cut at the Nara fugitive, so then it looked something like this.

Nara Fugitive mask in rework
Nara Fugitive takes a break from modeling work in Head Shed

And then I took many looks at the two pictures (and countless derivatives) in Photoshop — the result is the image at the top of this post.

The biggest image my printer can make is 13″ wide and maybe as much as 28″ long.   Any bigger, means I have to take it out to a real printer.

 

By Peter Neibert, Kentfield, California, 2014

Owl/Not-Owl on Display ~ Wood Sculpture and Photoprints

I just made a photographic print of my wood sculpture “Owl/Not-Owl .”

It’s printed on premium canvas and it looks like this:

Owl/Not-Owl, redwood sculpture with plexiglas
“Owl / Not-owl” hangs upside down in my fireplace: Photo print by Peter Neibert

 

And the original sculpture on its stand looks like this:

"Owl/ Not-owl" sits on its stand, and the stand  sits on my deck
“Owl/ Not-owl” sits on its stand, and the stand sits outside on my deck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where do you keep your Owl/Not-owl?  see the Owl’s electronic bookmark.

“Owl/Not-owl” is original art by Peter Neibert, Kentfield, Marin County, California.

Direct Carving ~ Faces in the Wood

“Direct Carving” means you don’t know what you’re sculpting — you just start cutting into the wood and let it lead you where it wants to go.  Well, that’s what I’ve done here.

I was just starting out in wood, so I needed some wood.  I went to the Rafael lumber yard and picked out a 6″ x 12″ Douglas Fir beam, 12 feet long (the shortest they have).  Then the yard cut the beam into 30″ pieces to fit inside my jeep, and I took them all home.

Direct Carving - faces emerge from the wood
Direct Carving – faces emerge from the wood

So, what to do with five 30″ pieces of 6″ x 12″ fir?  I didn’t know yet that it was ok to use power tools, like Dremels or grinders, so I stabbed in with German steel hand chisels and a mallett.  Where I could follow the grain of the wood and the knots, I did that

Eventually, the cut wood began to suggest to me shapes like cones and canisters and caverns.  As I continued shaping the shapes and connecting lumps to bumps, more sophisticated forms began to emerge.  Behold: faces, foreheads, mouths, eyes.

And that was my first stab at direct carving.

Faces in the Invisible Bag ~ Wood Sculpture by Peter Neibert

The masks hang tightly together inside the bag.  Of course, the bag must be invisible to let you see the faces.

Faces in the Invisible bag ~ Wood Sculpture by Peter Neibert
Faces in the Invisible bag ~ Wood Sculpture by Peter Neibert 2014

These Japanese theatrical masks hang on a rope, you can turn it with one finger, see all the faces.

If you don’t want to touch them, you can walk around the hanging bag and just look.

If you touch them you may agree that they feel much like you probably expect wood to feel.

Some of the original masks date back to the Nara Period, About 8th Century of the Common Era.

Used much wood oil, acrylic, pastel, rubbing and sanding to make the sculptures  look their age.

If you want to see more of this work, check out my Project on Behance (url to follow).

Open Studio in Marin ~ Wood #Sculptures ~ photographic prints

Fugitive faces from my Head Case are on the loose in my sculpture studio in Kentfield (Marin County California) — carved and colored wooden masks such as:

Fugitive Mask on Mask
Fugitive Mask on Mask ~ wood with pastels and acrylic

 

Fugitive from Nara
Fugitive from Nara – wood with pastels and acrylic

Those above, and a carving of fugitives in the landscape,

fugitives in the landscape ~ wood, pastel, acrylic, flame
fugitives in the landscape ~ wood, pastel, acrylic, flame

are on show in my open studio, the first two weekends in May (3-4 & 10-11).

My Open Studio is also showing installed garden sculptures (one is stone) and (indoor) wall-mounted combines.

Sculpture Studio is at 46 Berens Drive, Kentfield 94904, and is open from 11 a.m. on the first two weekends in May.

If you need a guide to the Marin Open Studios tour, download it here: MOS Tour Guide