Monday, September 24, 2012

Last activities

73th  International Contest of Visual Arts in Valdepeñas 

Bronze, iron and wood, 200 x 87 x 52 cm.

Alba (Detail)
Barn owl -Tyto alba

Alba (Detail)
Base of the work where we can see a shrew - Crocidura russula

I show you again the work (once finished) I made last year at the Course on Drawing and Bronze sculpture of Priego de Córdoba

Picture of the International Exhibition of Visual Arts in Valdepeñas.

I´m happy to tell you that this work was chosen for the exhibition at the 73th International Contest of Visual Arts in Valdepeñas, one of the most prestigious art contests in our country. The opening was on September 2nd  at the Cultural Centre "La Confianza" in Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real) and will be open until September 7th, from 9:30 to 13:30 and 18:00 to 21:00 (Monday- Saturday) and  11:00 to 14:00 on Sundays.

Pictures of the opening
D. Antón Patiño, guest artist and member of the jury during the opening.

 Me with Gael, David and David H.P. next to the selected work.

'Mythology' - Art Exhibit in Mota del Cuervo (Cultural Association 'Pequeña Mancha')

Ahtenea´s eyes, Athene noctua 
Graphite pencil and oil painting on wood, 60x42 cm.

Ahtena´s eyes, Athene noctua (Detail)
Graphite pencil and oil painting on wood, 60x42 cm.

I´d like also to show you this work, part of its creation process I showed you in a previous post. The above said work has been shown in the exhibition MYTHOLOGY at La Tercia exhinition hall in Mota del Cuervo (Cuenca), organized by the Cultural Association `Pequeña Mancha´, from August 26th to September 2nd.

Poster of the exhibition `MYTHOLOGY´.

I couldn´t go to it because of medical problems. I´ll try to link with the blog of the `Pequeña Mancha´ Association  when they give pictures of the opening. 

Second casting
I also spent part of August to cast some pieces. We met again in my parents´ village. This time, Luis Cordero came with us. We spent four days (and almost four nights) with the casting trees, baths and removing wax. 

 Improvised workshop of wax in my parents´ kitchen. We had brought the works modelled and spent two days and its nights repairing small damages after the journey and assembling the casting trees.

Some samples of works with casting trees.

 Andrés y Lolita beginning the process of bathing. It was about  11p.m. We decided to start so late in ordere to take advantage of the the cool of the night.
Assembling of the removing wax hood.

 L. Cordero controlling the gas.

The fire. The heat shock allows us to remove the wax and leave the moulds of ceramics shell cleared. 

Panorama of the moulds: 9 big pieces (3-6 kg) for direct pouring and 11 small pieces (less than 1´5 kg) of ceramics shell with built-in crucible.

 Later, alone (Lolita and Andrés had to leave because of work reasons), I casted three pieces. In the picture, weighing the bronze and putting it in the crucible.

 Casting workshop at the top floor in my sister´s house.

 The kiln with one of the pieces inside.

 Taking out one of the pieces. My brother-in-law helps me in case of leaks.

My niece, captivated by the beauty of the incandescence of the casting process.

Partially clean pieces. Except for small `rechupes´,the casting was almost perfect.

More information:
The first casting (creation and casting process). 
The long creation process (creating the works).