Angel Brame: Repurpose, Reengineer & Relocate
May 2 – 30, 2020
Opening reception: Friday, May 8, 5:30pm
“The premise is to take regular objects, typically vintage, that have been tossed aside and have critters “MacGyver” them as a means of escaping their current habitats. As much as possible of each piece is made from clay. I am predominately a wheel thrower and tend to start my planning processes in the round. I will add whatever is necessary to make the found object move, ie. wheels, wings, turbos, propellers, etc. Other items will be added when clay won’t do the job. The globe for the gumball machine is plastic. The keys for the typewriter are attached with brazing rods and epoxy. Most pieces will be cold finished. I need more control than glaze can offer for this project, though I will use glaze whenever possible.
I have started with a goal of 26 pieces, each being named or titled by every letter of the alphabet. This is a way to show progression from the first piece to the last. Most pieces will be displayed on pedestals so that the viewer can walk all the way around. A few pieces will hang, as I have a few flightless birds that would like new surroundings as well.
This project is a direct result of my 2017 challenge of creating one piece per day, every day, all year. Some of the pieces from the 2017 challenge had legs, wheels, wings, etc. While that initial challenge revolved around functional pieces, the logical next step was to push those pieces in new directions on a bigger scale with less boundaries. The result is a series of sculptures that were inspired by teapots with wheels and oil cans with tentacles.”