The Bay Area is in for a rare treat at the Richmond Art Center in Richmond ,CA. Reclusive Dave Yoas will be exhibiting 6 of his incredible tin artworks during their members show and his work is being spot lighted along with Edyth Bresnahan and Jan Martin. You may have seen photos here but they do not compare to seeing Dave's work up close and personal. Each piece has so many fine details that the camera just can't capture. For information on the up coming show click here. (Incidentally the Richmond Art Center showcased my line drawings in 1972)
These 3 posts are of a recent tin artwork by Dave Yoas, one of my favorite all time tin workers.
This piece is entitled Bearly Dreaming. These are photos Dave took to show the completed artwork in details. You can click on an image to enlarge it so you don't miss anything, there is so much to see.
Fishes, butterflies, a bird and bees. So much attention has been paid to the details, like the red poppy headband to the burning teddy bears.
Imagine just collecting the perfect tins to make this work, that alone is a feat. Not to even mention figuring out the composition and construction. (Here's a photo of Dave and Harriete Estel Berman)
This is what happens when you have two shows happening at the same time and you promise a piece to one venue then decide it needs to go to the other. Frankly I've never had this problem (?) before, I try to schedule shows with months (or a year) between them. The invitation to show at an art museum with only about 6 weeks notice was too good to pass up. What artist doesn't want an art museum line for their resume? The other show was planned for in 2013. As similar as these two pieces are they each feel a little different. I thought it was interesting to see them side by side.
Reception and Artist Talks Thursday April 9th 6-9pm
With sculpture, drawing and painting, Eric Carson, Mark Daughhetee, and Jenny Fillius each work with found mythology to suggest themes of reclamation and devotion in our contemporary world.
Eric Carson uses the format of the mandala [the Hindu/Buddhist ritualistic design that organizes a spiritual experience in visual terms] to symbolically connect the world’s religions to each other, and to comment on the intersection of those beliefs with political and cultural issues. The way these line-based drawings are made—as well as their content—suggests a hybrid of references, from Western cartoons to Hieronymus Bosch to Hindu devotional painting. Carson writes, “These pieces present insight traditions around the world as petals of the same flower, not creeds to divide by or kill for.”
Mark Daughhetee’s Stations series of assemblage sculptures pay homage to old TV shows like Bonanza and The Lawrence Welk Show. Plastic cowboys stand stoically among clumps of hobby shop moss under a peaked roof. The format is reminiscent of compositions from the Renaissance and inspired by roadside memorials, as well as Thai spirit houses. Humor, child-like reverence for TV, and manhood (as defined by old Hollywood) are the main characters. Daughhetee writes, “Like one’s journey through life, each television program, in its turn, occupied center stage for a while and left when the curtain fell for the last time.”
Describing her process, Jenny Fillius writes “Being observant, anything can trigger an idea—an overheard expression, something on the street, an experience, the metal, a broken tin toy; literally anything.” Fillius finds and repurposes decorative sheet metal in the form of broken toys and used tin food containers to make sculptures suggestive of the retablos of Mexican folk art. Since most of the metal Fillius uses appears to have come from one’s childhood, or one’s parent’s childhood, the narratives that ensue are partly-articulated hints that nostalgia has gone awry in some way that we in 2015 are privy to.
"Tin as an artistic medium is fairly unusual even though it has surrounded us for many decades. With the surge in interest in environmental conservation, it is no wonder artists have found their way to contribute by recycling tins into artistic expression.
Each of the artists in this show have their own stories of becoming attracted to tin, discovering their own very personal methods of dealing with a difficult material, and, in the process, developing their own styles. In learning more about these artists, it seems most of them are “obsessed” to some degree with the material. They seem to love the process of searching out tins and collecting them (hoarding?). They see some promising detail or color scheme that resonates with their personal vision, but not sure when or where any particular tin will come into “being” as an artwork.
Tin Art, in the hands of these artists, while already being manufactured with bright graphic images, comes through as a reflection of our cultural and social past, though filtered and projected by each artist’s individual vision. We all have a relationship with tin. As we look closely at these artworks, we will also tend to find our own past buried deep within these works."
Sometimes I get great rushes of ideas, other times I can ponder one idea for months. Lately I've been thinking about moving into connecting tin with tabs, or with wire. This came from an a dream where there was a tin quilt that looked like it was melting. Rather than create the entire piece only a portion was put together.
Sometimes a rivet is good and other times I don't want to see it. This is done with slot and tab. I rather like it and want to expand on this idea.
While driving home across the Frist Avenue Bridge a big truck passed me. My window was down and I found myself listening for the sound of chains rattling. Then I wondered what the chains on semis were for. Then I thought about how strong chains are, yet flexible . Next I wondered if I could make chains out of tin. Strips could be cut and then they would have to join some how. Eyelets? Too impractical. Flaps that pinch the ends together, nope. Tab and slot? YES!
Thinking about how to improve them. Cutting the strips uniform lengths then using a wooden dowel to make them more round would work. Hum, so much to think about.
So the shed is emptied and now the real work begins. Sorting and flattening the tin before the rain comes. It's a puzzle for my brain when it comes to sorting the tin. Separating it into colors is easy. A red bin, a green bin , no problem.
It's when there is a purple plaid with pink roses that my mind short circuits.Does it go in a purple bin? A bin with flowers or one with plaid. It's really hard to decide.
Andrew Keating won the Juror's Award. Two Juror's Accommodations were given, one to Randy Long and another to Jay Hendrick. The People's Choice award will continue to be voted on until the end of the show.
There is way more going on here than can be taken in with one photograph. Luckily there are multiple images to peruse. This tin artwork was created for Dave's good friend who lives in Holland. To see this image in a larger format just click on it. Can you find all six frogs?How many inscets can you find? Notice the detail stamped into the tin. Look at the glass eyes that were added to the tin toy frog coming out of the can. See the texture that was added to the metal that makes up the grassy area. Measures 13wide 16''x 13'' x8''.
This is such a brilliant tin work! To see even more images scroll down to next post.
Harriete Estel Burman, Robert Villamagna, Ross Palmer Beecher, Kathy Ross, Dave Yoas,David Wasserman,Bobby Hanson,Jeri Moe, Opie and Linda O'Brien, Chris Giffin,Nia Michaels, Deborah Paul,Mimi Calahan,Loran Scruggs,William Herberholz,Tony Berlant,David Buckingham,and Rand Calson. All these tinsmith's websites can be found by clicking here.